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NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- El Paso Corporation (NYSE: EP) hit a new 52-week high Thursday as it is currently trading at $25.70, above its previous 52-week high of $25.67 with 23,887 shares traded as of 9:30 a.m. ET. Average volume has been 13.9 million shares over the past 30 days. El Paso has a market cap of $19.7 billion and is part of the basic materials sector and energy industry. Shares are up 85.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. El Paso Corporation operates in the natural gas transmission, and exploration and production sectors of the energy industry primarily in the United States. The company has a P/E ratio of 36.5, above the average energy industry P/E ratio of 36 and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7.