DEO - Diageo plc

NYSE - NYSE Delayed Price. Currency in USD
162.58
-0.49 (-0.30%)
At close: 4:02PM EDT

162.58 0.00 (0.00%)
After hours: 4:17PM EDT

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Previous Close163.07
Open163.04
Bid162.61 x 800
Ask165.96 x 1000
Day's Range162.14 - 163.04
52 Week Range131.43 - 165.53
Volume196,130
Avg. Volume398,659
Market Cap96.908B
Beta (3Y Monthly)0.47
PE Ratio (TTM)25.39
EPS (TTM)6.40
Earnings DateN/A
Forward Dividend & Yield2.74 (1.67%)
Ex-Dividend Date2019-02-28
1y Target Est173.08
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