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Previous Close7.30
Bid7.40 x 40000
Ask7.55 x 40000
Day's Range7.35 - 7.35
52 Week Range7.05 - 9.15
Avg. Volume7
Market Cap27.911B
Beta (5Y Monthly)1.01
PE Ratio (TTM)9.18
Earnings DateN/A
Forward Dividend & Yield0.42 (5.71%)
Ex-Dividend DateMar 30, 2020
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