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Previous Close10,030.00
Open10,150.00
Bid10,165.00 x 0
Ask10,170.00 x 0
Day's Range10,085.00 - 10,200.00
52 Week Range4,025.00 - 10,695.00
Volume4,796,300
Avg. Volume13,869,427
Market Cap17.672T
Beta (5Y Monthly)1.25
PE Ratio (TTM)12.71
EPS (TTM)800.04
Earnings DateMay 12, 2021
Forward Dividend & Yield44.00 (0.44%)
Ex-Dividend DateSep 29, 2020
1y Target Est13,753.00
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