PANW - Palo Alto Networks, Inc.

NYSE - NYSE Delayed Price. Currency in USD
245.46
+2.35 (+0.97%)
At close: 4:02PM EDT
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Previous Close243.11
Open244.08
Bid0.00 x 900
Ask246.99 x 800
Day's Range239.87 - 246.57
52 Week Range160.08 - 260.63
Volume870,446
Avg. Volume1,324,066
Market Cap23.435B
Beta (3Y Monthly)0.64
PE Ratio (TTM)N/A
EPS (TTM)-1.07
Earnings DateJun 3, 2019 - Jun 7, 2019
Forward Dividend & YieldN/A (N/A)
Ex-Dividend DateN/A
1y Target Est279.57
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