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NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH) hit a new 52-week high Thursday as it is currently trading at $56.92, above its previous 52-week high of $56.34 with 2.4 million shares traded as of 10 a.m. ET. Average volume has been 6.8 million shares over the past 30 days. UnitedHealth Group has a market cap of $54.72 billion and is part of the health care sector and health services industry. Shares are up 9.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. UnitedHealth Group Incorporated operates as a diversified health and well-being company in the United States. The company has a P/E ratio of 11.7, above the average health services industry P/E ratio of 10.9 and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7.