MDT - Medtronic plc

NYSE - NYSE Delayed Price. Currency in USD
-0.38 (-0.43%)
At close: 4:00PM EDT
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Previous Close88.11
Bid87.41 x 900
Ask88.14 x 1100
Day's Range87.15 - 88.58
52 Week Range81.66 - 100.15
Avg. Volume5,625,003
Market Cap117.659B
Beta (3Y Monthly)0.66
PE Ratio (TTM)24.78
Earnings DateN/A
Forward Dividend & Yield2.00 (2.25%)
Ex-Dividend Date2019-03-21
1y Target EstN/A
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    Intuitive Surgical Stock Is the Best MedTech Company to Buy and Hold

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