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Previous Close209.44
Open209.35
Bid0.00 x 800
Ask0.00 x 800
Day's Range206.81 - 210.07
52 Week Range132.52 - 232.86
Volume22,793,494
Avg. Volume34,870,421
Market Cap1.568T
Beta (5Y Monthly)0.89
PE Ratio (TTM)35.98
EPS (TTM)5.76
Earnings DateOct 21, 2020 - Oct 26, 2020
Forward Dividend & Yield2.24 (1.07%)
Ex-Dividend DateNov 18, 2020
1y Target Est229.83
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