UL - Unilever PLC

NYSE - Nasdaq Real Time Price. Currency in USD
62.56
+0.08 (+0.14%)
As of 1:03PM EDT. Market open.
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Previous Close62.47
Open63.02
Bid62.51 x 1400
Ask62.52 x 1300
Day's Range62.41 - 63.00
52 Week Range50.80 - 63.45
Volume800,742
Avg. Volume783,382
Market Cap169.309B
Beta (3Y Monthly)0.54
PE Ratio (TTM)24.75
EPS (TTM)2.53
Earnings DateN/A
Forward Dividend & Yield1.77 (2.90%)
Ex-Dividend Date2019-05-02
1y Target Est60.00
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