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NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- NRG Energy (NYSE: NRG) hit a new 52-week high Friday as it is currently trading at $28.76, above its previous 52-week high of $28.69 with 853,084 shares traded as of 10:45 a.m. ET. Average volume has been 3.5 million shares over the past 30 days. NRG Energy has a market cap of $8.98 billion and is part of the utilities sector and utilities industry. Shares are up 21.1% 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.