USO - United States Oil Fund, LP

NYSEArca - NYSEArca Delayed Price. Currency in USD
11.90
-0.34 (-2.78%)
At close: 4:00PM EST
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Previous Close12.24
Open12.03
Bid11.78 x 312300
Ask11.79 x 36100
Day's Range11.88 - 12.04
52 Week Range10.49 - 13.86
Volume25,031,860
Avg. Volume19,274,995
Net Assets1.2B
NAV12.25
PE Ratio (TTM)N/A
Yield0.00%
YTD Daily Total Return-4.14%
Beta (5Y Monthly)2.10
Expense Ratio (net)0.73%
Inception Date2006-04-10
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