GOOGL - Alphabet Inc.

NasdaqGS - NasdaqGS Real Time Price. Currency in USD
1,138.61
-6.73 (-0.59%)
At close: 4:00PM EDT
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Previous Close1,145.34
Open1,152.00
Bid1,132.84 x 800
Ask1,138.59 x 1000
Day's Range1,136.71 - 1,154.26
52 Week Range977.66 - 1,296.97
Volume927,651
Avg. Volume1,607,653
Market Cap788.6B
Beta (3Y Monthly)1.16
PE Ratio (TTM)28.56
EPS (TTM)39.86
Earnings DateJul 22, 2019 - Jul 26, 2019
Forward Dividend & YieldN/A (N/A)
Ex-Dividend DateN/A
1y Target Est1,341.82
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