NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- National Fuel Gas Company (NYSE: NFG) hit a new 52-week high Friday as it traded at $71.45 compared with its previous 52-Week high of $71.42. National Fuel Gas is changing hands at $71.45 with 98,236 shares traded as of 12:51 p.m. ET. Average volume has been 499,400 shares over the past 30 days. National Fuel Gas has a market cap of $5.8 billion and is part of the utilities sector and utilities industry. Shares are up 7.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

National Fuel Gas Company, through its subsidiaries, operates as a diversified energy company primarily in the United States. The company operates through four segments: Utility, Pipeline and Storage, Exploration and Production, and Energy Marketing. The company has a P/E ratio of 27.3, above the average utilities industry P/E ratio of 26.7 and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 23.4.

TheStreet Ratings rates National Fuel Gas as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its expanding profit margins, good cash flow from operations, solid stock price performance and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. You can view the full National Fuel Gas Ratings Report.

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