NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- The ex-dividend date for NiSource (NYSE: NI) is tomorrow, April 27, 2011. Owners of shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 23 cents per share. At a price of $19.26 as of 9:32 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 4.8%.

The average volume for NiSource has been 2.1 million shares per day 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 6.6% 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 18.4 and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 16.7.
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TheStreet Ratings rates NiSource as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance and notable return on equity. 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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