NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- NiSource (NYSE: NI) hit a new 52-week high Friday as it is currently trading at $24.39, above its previous 52-week high of $24.06 with 4.1 million shares traded as of 12:35 p.m. ET. Average volume has been 3.1 million shares over the past 30 days.

NiSource has a market cap of $6.41 billion and is part of the utilities sector and utilities industry. Shares are down 3% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

NiSource Inc., an energy holding company, through its subsidiaries, provides natural gas, electricity, and other products and services. It operates in three segments: Gas Distribution Operations, Gas Transmission and Storage Operations, and Electric Operations. The company has a P/E ratio of 16.9, below the average utilities industry P/E ratio of 21 and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7.

TheStreet Ratings rates NiSource as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its notable return on equity 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 NiSource Ratings Report.

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