SNAP - Snap Inc.

NYSE - NYSE Delayed Price. Currency in USD
+0.15 (+1.62%)
At close: 4:02PM EST

9.35 -0.04 (-0.43%)
After hours: 7:55PM EST

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Previous Close9.24
Bid9.33 x 1100
Ask0.00 x 900
Day's Range9.13 - 9.40
52 Week Range4.82 - 18.53
Avg. Volume23,219,173
Market Cap12.405B
Beta (3Y Monthly)N/A
PE Ratio (TTM)N/A
EPS (TTM)-0.97
Earnings DateFeb 4, 2019 - Feb 8, 2019
Forward Dividend & YieldN/A (N/A)
Ex-Dividend DateN/A
1y Target Est8.47
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