Southwest Gas Stock Hits New 52-Week High (SWX)

NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Southwest Gas Corporation (NYSE: SWX) hit a new 52-week high Thursday as it is currently trading at $43.06, above its previous 52-week high of $42.99 with 20,528 shares traded as of 11:04 a.m. ET. Average volume has been 248,900 shares over the past 30 days.

Southwest Gas has a market cap of $1.97 billion and is part of the utilities sector and utilities industry. Shares are up 16.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

Southwest Gas Corporation engages in the purchase, distribution, and transportation of natural gas in Arizona, Nevada, and California. The company has a P/E ratio of 19.4, equal to the average utilities industry P/E ratio and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7.

TheStreet Ratings rates Southwest Gas as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. You can view the full Southwest Gas Ratings Report.

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