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How is the Origin Energy share price managing to hit multi-year highs today?

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The Origin Energy Ltd (ASX: ORG) share price surged to a new post-pandemic high today despite the company’s silence.

Making its gains more impressive, the broader market is trading lower this afternoon. Origin Energy’s home sector – the S&P/ASX 200 Utilities Index (ASX: XUJ) – is also in the red.

At the time of writing, the Origin Energy share price is $6.93, 0.29% higher than its previous close.

However, it reached a new multi-year high of $7.08 earlier today, representing a 2.46% gain.

For context, the S&P/ASX 200 Index (ASX: XJO) is currently 0.09% lower.

Let’s take a closer look at what’s going on with Origin Energy and its utility peers on Wednesday.

The Origin Energy share price is in the green alongside some of its ASX 200 peers today.

Of the ASX 200’s 11 sectors, only four are currently trading in the green.

Sadly, the ASX 200 utilities sector isn’t among them. It’s recording a 0.14% slip right now.

The index’s other constituents are recording a poor performance this afternoon.

The share price of APA Group (ASX: APA) has slumped 0.09%. Meanwhile, that of AGL Energy Limited (ASX: AGL) has fallen 1.2%.

This year so far has been a good one for both the Origin Energy share price and the company’s bottom line.

The energy producer and retailer revealed its revenue for the March quarter had more than doubled year-on-year to surpass $2.5 billion last week. The increase was driven by higher commodity prices amid surging demand.

Right now, Origin Energy’s stock is trading for 29% more than it was at the start of 2022. It has also risen 65% since this time last year.

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