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NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- PPL (NYSE: PPL) hit a new 52-week high Tuesday as it is currently trading at $31.37, above its previous 52-week high of $31.36 with 280,846 shares traded as of 10 a.m. ET. Average volume has been 4.1 million shares over the past 30 days.

PPL has a market cap of $18.25 billion and is part of the utilities sector and utilities industry. Shares are up 9.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday.

PPL Corporation, an energy and utility holding company, engages in the generation, transmission, distribution, and sale of electricity to wholesale and retail customers in the United States and the United Kingdom. The company operates in four segments: Kentucky Regulated, U.K. The company has a P/E ratio of 12, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7.

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TheStreet Ratings rates PPL as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its notable return on equity, good cash flow from operations and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat weak growth in earnings per share. You can view the full PPL Ratings Report.

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