XLP - Consumer Staples Select Sector SPDR Fund

NYSEArca - NYSEArca Delayed Price. Currency in USD
53.51
-0.25 (-0.47%)
At close: 4:00PM EDT
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Previous Close53.76
Open52.59
Bid53.47 x 1000
Ask53.66 x 1400
Day's Range52.50 - 54.99
52 Week Range47.66 - 64.84
Volume25,933,999
Avg. Volume18,019,245
Net Assets13.1B
NAV53.50
PE Ratio (TTM)N/A
Yield2.79%
YTD Daily Total Return-14.60%
Beta (5Y Monthly)0.66
Expense Ratio (net)0.13%
Inception Date1998-12-16
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