NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- The ex-dividend date for NorthWestern Corporation (NYSE: NWE) is tomorrow, December 13, 2011. Owners of shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 36 cents per share. At a price of $33.84 as of 9:34 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 4.3%.

The average volume for NorthWestern has been 283,900 shares per day over the past 30 days. NorthWestern has a market cap of $1.22 billion and is part of the utilities sector and utilities industry. Shares are up 18.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday.

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, equal to the average utilities industry P/E ratio and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7.

TheStreet Ratings rates NorthWestern as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, growth in earnings per share, solid stock price performance and increase in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. You can view the full NorthWestern Ratings Report.

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