NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- NiSource (NYSE: NI) hit a new 52-week high Tuesday as it traded at $19.35 compared with its previous 52-Week high of $19.32. NiSource is changing hands at $19.30 with 659,999 shares traded as of 12:07 p.m. ET. Average volume has been 2.5 million shares over the past 30 days.

NiSource has a market cap of $5.3 billion and is part of the utilities sector and utilities industry. Shares are up 8.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday.

NiSource Inc., an energy holding company, through its subsidiaries, provides natural gas, electricity, and other products and services. It operates in four segments: Gas Distribution Operations, Gas Transmission and Storage Operations, Electric Operations, and Other Operations. The company has a P/E ratio of 18.2, below the average utilities industry P/E ratio of 18.3 and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.5.

TheStreet Ratings rates NiSource as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, notable return on equity and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. You can view the full NiSource Ratings Report.

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