XLF - Financial Select Sector SPDR ETF

NYSEArca - Nasdaq Real Time Price. Currency in USD
26.42
+0.54 (+2.09%)
At close: 4:00PM EST
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Previous Close25.88
Open26.09
Bid0.00 x 2900
Ask0.00 x 3000
Day's Range25.88 - 26.43
52 Week Range22.05 - 29.81
Volume46,880,785
Avg. Volume65,653,291
Net Assets24.25B
NAV26.42
PE Ratio (TTM)N/A
Yield1.91%
YTD Return10.93%
Beta (3Y Monthly)1.05
Expense Ratio (net)0.13%
Inception Date1998-12-16
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