VDC - Vanguard Consumer Staples Index Fund ETF Shares

NYSEArca - NYSEArca Delayed Price. Currency in USD
148.79
-0.43 (-0.29%)
At close: 4:00PM EDT
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Previous Close149.22
Open148.42
Bid149.15 x 800
Ask148.93 x 800
Day's Range148.42 - 149.59
52 Week Range124.93 - 150.06
Volume61,962
Avg. Volume166,873
Net Assets5.55B
NAV148.06
PE Ratio (TTM)N/A
Yield2.59%
YTD Return13.43%
Beta (3Y Monthly)0.59
Expense Ratio (net)0.10%
Inception Date2004-01-26
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