NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Xcel Energy (NYSE: XEL) hit a new 52-week high Thursday as it is currently trading at $27.73, above its previous 52-week high of $27.70 with 1.2 million shares traded as of 3:45 p.m. ET. Average volume has been 2.6 million shares over the past 30 days.

Xcel Energy has a market cap of $13.39 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 Wednesday.

Xcel Energy Inc., through its subsidiaries, engages in the generation, purchase, transmission, distribution, and sale of electricity to residential, commercial, and industrial customers, as well as to public authorities in the United States. The company has a P/E ratio of 16.1, equal to the average utilities industry P/E ratio and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7.

TheStreet Ratings rates Xcel Energy as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, growth in earnings per share, increase in net income, solid stock price performance and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally poor debt management on most measures that we evaluated. You can view the full Xcel Energy Ratings Report.

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