Safeway Stock Gaps Up On Today's Open (SWY)

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NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Shares of Safeway (NYSE: SWY) were gapping up Thursday morning with an open price 18.4% higher than Wednesday's closing price. The stock closed at $23.11 Wednesday and opened today's trading at $27.37.

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The average volume for Safeway has been 5.2 million shares per day over the past 30 days. Safeway has a market cap of $5.62 billion and is part of the services sector and retail industry. Shares are up 27.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

Safeway Inc., together with its subsidiaries, operates as a food and drug retailer in North America. The company has a P/E ratio of 9.5, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7.

TheStreet Ratings rates Safeway as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in stock price during the past year, impressive record of earnings per share growth, increase in net income, attractive valuation levels and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated. You can view the full Safeway Ratings Report.

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