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NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Northwest Bancshares Inc MD (Nasdaq: NWBI) hit a new 52-week high Friday as it is currently trading at $12.68, above its previous 52-week high of $12.67 with 357,134 shares traded as of 11:53 a.m. ET. Average volume has been 635,000 shares over the past 30 days. Northwest Bancshares Inc MD has a market cap of $1.3 billion and is part of the financial sector and banking industry. Shares are up 6.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Northwest Bancshares, Inc. operates as the holding company for Northwest Savings Bank that offers various banking and consumer finance services. The company has a P/E ratio of 21.9, equal to the average banking industry P/E ratio and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7.