Westlake Chemical Stock Hits New 52-Week High (WLK)

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NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Westlake Chemical Corporation (NYSE: WLK) hit a new 52-week high Friday as it is currently trading at $98.43, above its previous 52-week high of $98.27 with 251,259 shares traded as of 11:31 a.m. ET. Average volume has been 558,600 shares over the past 30 days.

Westlake Chemical has a market cap of $6.17 billion and is part of the basic materials sector and chemicals industry. Shares are up 21.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

Westlake Chemical Corporation manufactures and markets basic chemicals, vinyls, polymers, and fabricated building products. It operates in two segments, Olefins and Vinyls. The company has a P/E ratio of 14.7, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7.

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TheStreet Ratings rates Westlake Chemical as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, attractive valuation levels and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. You can view the full Westlake Chemical Ratings Report.

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