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Previous Close364.11
Bid364.80 x 1100
Ask364.85 x 1300
Day's Range363.71 - 370.47
52 Week Range192.58 - 372.38
Avg. Volume36,559,175
Market Cap1.578T
Beta (5Y Monthly)1.17
PE Ratio (TTM)28.61
EPS (TTM)12.73
Earnings DateJul 30, 2020
Forward Dividend & Yield3.28 (0.90%)
Ex-Dividend DateMay 08, 2020
1y Target Est345.22
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