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NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Sempra Energy (NYSE: SRE) hit a new 52-week high Friday as it is currently trading at $70.94, above its previous 52-week high of $70.86 with 269,308 shares traded as of 1:35 p.m. ET. Average volume has been 1.2 million shares over the past 30 days. Sempra Energy has a market cap of $16.4 billion and is part of the utilities sector and utilities industry. Shares are up 26.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Sempra Energy operates as an energy services holding company worldwide. The company operates utilities, develops new energy infrastructure, and provides energy-related services to approximately 31 million consumers worldwide. The company has a P/E ratio of 15.5, above the average utilities industry P/E ratio of 12.3 and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7.