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NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- NRG Energy (NYSE: NRG) hit a new 52-week low Monday as it is currently trading at $15.03, below its previous 52-week low of $15.09 with 14,753 shares traded as of 9:30 a.m. ET. Average volume has been 2.7 million shares over the past 30 days. NRG Energy has a market cap of $3.79 billion and is part of the utilities sector and utilities industry. Shares are down 16.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. NRG Energy, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, operates as an integrated wholesale power generation and retail electricity company. The company engages in the ownership, development, construction, expansion, modification, refurbishment, and operation of power generation facilities. The company has a P/E ratio of 19.5, above the average utilities industry P/E ratio of 14.1 and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7.