NEW YORK (

TheStreet

) -- The ex-dividend date for

NRG Energy

(NYSE:

NRG

) is Monday, July 30, 2012. Owners of shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 9 cents per share. At a price of $19.56 as of 10 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 1.9%.

The average volume for NRG Energy has been 3.9 million shares per day over the past 30 days. NRG Energy has a market cap of $4.33 billion and is part of the

utilities

sector and

utilities

industry. Shares are up 8.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

NRG Energy, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, operates as an integrated wholesale power generation and retail electricity company. The company engages in the ownership, development, construction, expansion, modification, refurbishment, and operation of power generation facilities. The company has a P/E ratio of 20.7, above the average utilities industry P/E ratio of 20.5 and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7.

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TheStreet Ratings rates NRG Energy as a

hold

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its compelling growth in net income, reasonable valuation levels and growth in earnings per share. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including poor profit margins, weak operating cash flow and a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself. You can view the full

NRG Energy Ratings Report

.

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