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NEW YORK (

TheStreet

) -- The ex-dividend date for

NRG Energy

(NYSE:

NRG

) is Monday, April 29, 2013. Owners of shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 12 cents per share. At a price of $27.87 as of 9:30 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 1.7%.

The average volume for NRG Energy has been 3.3 million shares per day over the past 30 days. NRG Energy has a market cap of $9.01 billion and is part of the utilities sector and utilities industry. Shares are up 21.7% 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 11.9, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7.

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TheStreet Ratings rates NRG Energy as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, compelling growth in net income, attractive valuation levels, notable return on equity and impressive record of earnings per share growth. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. You can view the full

NRG Energy Ratings Report

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