CXO - Concho Resources Inc.

NYSE - NYSE Delayed Price. Currency in USD
72.98
+1.35 (+1.88%)
At close: 4:00PM EDT
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Previous Close71.63
Open73.19
Bid71.65 x 800
Ask0.00 x 900
Day's Range72.27 - 73.62
52 Week Range63.92 - 160.81
Volume1,504,686
Avg. Volume2,366,509
Market Cap14.675B
Beta (3Y Monthly)1.47
PE Ratio (TTM)28.02
EPS (TTM)2.61
Earnings DateOct 28, 2019 - Nov 1, 2019
Forward Dividend & Yield0.50 (0.72%)
Ex-Dividend Date2019-08-08
1y Target Est125.36
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