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Previous Close194.06
Bid195.00 x 800
Ask195.25 x 800
Day's Range192.26 - 196.43
52 Week Range64.00 - 207.30
Avg. Volume699,683
Market Cap12.259B
Beta (5Y Monthly)2.02
PE Ratio (TTM)14.21
EPS (TTM)13.79
Earnings DateOct 21, 2020
Forward Dividend & Yield5.00 (2.58%)
Ex-Dividend DateNov 19, 2020
1y Target Est168.71
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