DIS - The Walt Disney Company

NYSE - NYSE Delayed Price. Currency in USD
110.14
+2.35 (+2.18%)
At close: 4:00PM EDT

109.91 -0.23 (-0.21%)
After hours: 4:35PM EDT

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Previous Close107.79
Open108.40
Bid109.93 x 1000
Ask110.15 x 800
Day's Range108.27 - 110.34
52 Week Range97.68 - 120.20
Volume16,642,073
Avg. Volume10,281,262
Market Cap197.99B
Beta (3Y Monthly)0.51
PE Ratio (TTM)15.09
EPS (TTM)7.30
Earnings DateMay 8, 2019
Forward Dividend & Yield1.76 (1.63%)
Ex-Dividend Date2018-12-07
1y Target Est126.45
Trade prices are not sourced from all markets
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