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NEW YORK (

TheStreet

) --

CenterPoint Energy

(NYSE:

CNP

) hit a new 52-week high Thursday as it is currently trading at $21.59, above its previous 52-week high of $21.56 with 1.1 million shares traded as of 1:34 p.m. ET. Average volume has been 3.1 million shares over the past 30 days.

CenterPoint Energy has a market cap of $9.06 billion and is part of the

utilities

sector and

utilities

industry. Shares are up 5.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

CenterPoint Energy, Inc. operates as a public utility holding company. The company has a P/E ratio of 11.9, above the average utilities industry P/E ratio of 6.7 and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7.

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TheStreet Ratings rates CenterPoint Energy as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in net income, notable return on equity, expanding profit margins, increase in stock price during the past year and growth in earnings per share. 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

CenterPoint Energy Ratings Report

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