IHF - iShares U.S. Healthcare Providers ETF

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Previous Close179.22
Bid176.24 x 900
Ask178.58 x 1000
Day's Range177.51 - 179.66
52 Week Range149.00 - 203.31
Avg. Volume119,525
Net Assets891.03M
PE Ratio (TTM)N/A
YTD Return9.04%
Beta (3Y Monthly)0.85
Expense Ratio (net)0.43%
Inception Date2006-05-01
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