IEMG - iShares Core MSCI Emerging Markets ETF

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49.19
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49.21 +0.01 (0.02%)
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Previous Close49.07
Open49.09
Bid0.00 x 29200
Ask0.00 x 38500
Day's Range49.06 - 49.31
52 Week Range45.35 - 54.40
Volume13,666,033
Avg. Volume14,875,436
Net Assets56.36B
NAV49.91
PE Ratio (TTM)N/A
Yield2.66%
YTD Return5.72%
Beta (3Y Monthly)1.08
Expense Ratio (net)0.14%
Inception Date2012-10-18
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