XOM - Exxon Mobil Corporation

NYSE - Nasdaq Real Time Price. Currency in USD
72.05
+0.38 (+0.53%)
As of 1:34PM EST. Market open.
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Previous Close71.67
Open71.42
Bid71.95 x 1400
Ask71.96 x 800
Day's Range71.31 - 72.07
52 Week Range64.65 - 89.30
Volume4,955,972
Avg. Volume15,355,550
Market Cap305.046B
Beta (3Y Monthly)0.88
PE Ratio (TTM)13.25
EPS (TTM)5.44
Earnings DateFeb 1, 2019
Forward Dividend & Yield3.28 (4.55%)
Ex-Dividend Date2018-11-09
1y Target Est84.09
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