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NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- WR Berkley (NYSE: WRB) hit a new 52-week high Wednesday as it is currently trading at $36.16, above its previous 52-week high of $36.05 with 272,511 shares traded as of 10:25 a.m. ET. Average volume has been 712,700 shares over the past 30 days. WR Berkley has a market cap of $4.72 billion and is part of the financial sector and insurance industry. Shares are down 0.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. W. R. Berkley Corporation, an insurance holding company, operates as commercial lines writers in the property casualty insurance business primarily in the United States. The company operates in five segments: Specialty, Regional, Alternative Markets, Reinsurance, and International. The company has a P/E ratio of 12.6, equal to the average insurance industry P/E ratio and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7.