Cleco Stock Hits New 52-Week High (CNL)

NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Cleco Corporation (NYSE: CNL) hit a new 52-week high Thursday as it is currently trading at $41.32, above its previous 52-week high of $41.29 with 37,772 shares traded as of 10:05 a.m. ET. Average volume has been 401,200 shares over the past 30 days.

Cleco has a market cap of $2.47 billion and is part of the utilities sector and utilities industry. Shares are up 6.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

Cleco Corporation operates as a utility holding company primarily in Louisiana. The company has a P/E ratio of 12.4, equal to the average utilities industry P/E ratio and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7.

TheStreet Ratings rates Cleco as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, increase in net income, expanding profit margins, good cash flow from operations and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat weak growth in earnings per share. You can view the full Cleco Ratings Report.

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