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NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- NorthWestern Corporation (NYSE: NWE) hit a new 52-week high Wednesday as it is currently trading at $34.20, above its previous 52-week high of $34.17 with 53,345 shares traded as of 11:35 a.m. ET. Average volume has been 334,700 shares over the past 30 days. NorthWestern has a market cap of $1.2 billion and is part of the utilities sector and utilities industry. Shares are up 16.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Northwestern Corporation, doing business as NorthWestern Energy, provides electricity and natural gas in Montana, South Dakota, and Nebraska, the United States. The company has a P/E ratio of 15.1, above the average utilities industry P/E ratio of 15 and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7.