Loews Stock Hits New 52-Week High (L)

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NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Loews Corporation (NYSE: L) hit a new 52-week high Wednesday as it is currently trading at $46.89, above its previous 52-week high of $46.86 with 64,878 shares traded as of 10:10 a.m. ET. Average volume has been 1.1 million shares over the past 30 days.

Loews has a market cap of $18.17 billion and is part of the financial sector and insurance industry. Shares are up 14.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

Loews Corporation operates primarily as a commercial property and casualty insurance company. The company operates in four segments: CNA Specialty, CNA Commercial, Life & Group Non-Core, and Other. The company has a P/E ratio of 41.3, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7.

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TheStreet Ratings rates Loews as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its good cash flow from operations, increase in stock price during the past year, attractive valuation levels, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. You can view the full Loews Ratings Report.

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