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Editor's Note: TheStreet ratings do not represent the views of TheStreet's staff or its contributors. Ratings are established by computer based on metrics for performance (which includes growth, stock performance, efficiency and valuation) and risk (volatility and solvency). Companies with poor cash flow or high debt levels tend to earn lower ratings in our model. NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Southern (NYSE: SO) hit a new 52-week high Tuesday as it is currently trading at $48.68, above its previous 52-week high of $48.60 with 278,951 shares traded as of 9:50 a.m. ET. Average volume has been 4.1 million shares over the past 30 days. Southern has a market cap of $42.25 billion and is part of the utilities sector and utilities industry. Shares are up 13.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. The Southern Company, together with its subsidiaries, operates as a public electric utility company. The company has a P/E ratio of 18.2, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7.