AGG - iShares Core U.S. Aggregate Bond ETF

NYSEArca - Nasdaq Real Time Price. Currency in USD
112.50
+0.15 (+0.13%)
As of 11:03AM EDT. Market open.
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Previous Close112.35
Open112.64
Bid112.57 x 2200
Ask112.58 x 4000
Day's Range112.49 - 112.63
52 Week Range103.94 - 114.30
Volume466,530
Avg. Volume3,929,125
Net Assets65.95B
NAV112.38
PE Ratio (TTM)N/A
Yield2.66%
YTD Return7.61%
Beta (3Y Monthly)1.00
Expense Ratio (net)0.05%
Inception Date2003-09-22
Trade prices are not sourced from all markets
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