VWO - Vanguard FTSE Emerging Markets Index Fund ETF Shares

NYSEArca - NYSEArca Delayed Price. Currency in USD
+0.29 (+0.70%)
At close: 4:00PM EDT

42.65 +0.76 (1.81%)
Pre-Market: 8:00AM EDT

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Previous Close41.57
Bid0.00 x 40000
Ask41.62 x 1000
Day's Range41.49 - 42.05
52 Week Range36.35 - 44.19
Avg. Volume13,404,151
Net Assets83.75B
PE Ratio (TTM)N/A
YTD Return7.44%
Beta (3Y Monthly)1.02
Expense Ratio (net)0.12%
Inception Date2005-03-04
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