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NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Duke Energy Corporation (NYSE: DUK) hit a new 52-week high Thursday as it is currently trading at $20.58, above its previous 52-week high of $20.57 with 2.5 million shares traded as of 10:35 a.m. ET. Average volume has been 14.2 million shares over the past 30 days. Duke Energy has a market cap of $26.8 billion and is part of the utilities sector and utilities industry. Shares are up 14% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Duke Energy Corporation operates as an energy company in the Americas. It operates through three segments: U.S. Franchised Electric and Gas, Commercial Power, and International Energy. The U.S. The company has a P/E ratio of 13.1, equal to the average utilities industry P/E ratio and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7.