XLF - Financial Select Sector SPDR Fund

NYSEArca - Nasdaq Real Time Price. Currency in USD
27.26
-0.08 (-0.29%)
At close: 4:00PM EDT
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Previous Close27.34
Open27.26
Bid0.00 x 1400
Ask0.00 x 309400
Day's Range27.17 - 27.34
52 Week Range22.05 - 29.07
Volume39,324,122
Avg. Volume52,857,980
Net Assets22.13B
NAV27.34
PE Ratio (TTM)N/A
Yield2.05%
YTD Return15.35%
Beta (3Y Monthly)1.05
Expense Ratio (net)0.13%
Inception Date1998-12-16
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    Financial ETFs rising by the most since April 1 amid upbeat bank earnings

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    InvestorPlace14 days ago

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