XLP - Consumer Staples Select Sector SPDR Fund

NYSEArca - NYSEArca Delayed Price. Currency in USD
60.21
+0.68 (+1.14%)
At close: 4:00PM EDT
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Previous Close59.53
Open59.79
Bid0.00 x 900
Ask0.00 x 21500
Day's Range59.79 - 60.45
52 Week Range48.33 - 61.02
Volume17,641,862
Avg. Volume13,631,200
Net Assets12.2B
NAV60.21
PE Ratio (TTM)N/A
Yield2.69%
YTD Return20.13%
Beta (3Y Monthly)0.66
Expense Ratio (net)0.13%
Inception Date1998-12-16
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