NEW YORK (

TheStreet

) --

Spectra Energy

(NYSE:

SE

) hit a new 52-week high Thursday as it is currently trading at $28.96, above its previous 52-week high of $28.92 with 987,252 shares traded as of 11:21 a.m. ET. Average volume has been 3.1 million shares over the past 30 days.

Spectra Energy has a market cap of $18.4 billion and is part of the

basic materials

sector and

energy

industry. Shares are up 15.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

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Spectra Energy Corp, through its subsidiaries and equity affiliates, engages in the ownership and operation of a portfolio of complementary natural gas-related energy assets. The company operates in four segments: U.S. The company has a P/E ratio of 17.7, above the average energy industry P/E ratio of 17.6 and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 16.9.

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TheStreet Ratings rates Spectra Energy 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, revenue growth, expanding profit margins and compelling growth in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally poor debt management on most measures that we evaluated. You can view the full

Spectra Energy Ratings Report

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