VOO - Vanguard S&P 500 ETF

NYSEArca - NYSEArca Delayed Price. Currency in USD
266.34
+0.50 (+0.19%)
At close: 4:00PM EDT
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Previous Close265.84
Open266.44
Bid266.40 x 1000
Ask268.00 x 1000
Day's Range265.08 - 266.60
52 Week Range214.83 - 270.67
Volume2,780,099
Avg. Volume2,910,220
Net Assets459.65B
NAV265.86
PE Ratio (TTM)N/A
Yield1.97%
YTD Return16.40%
Beta (3Y Monthly)1.00
Expense Ratio (net)0.04%
Inception Date2010-09-07
Trade prices are not sourced from all markets
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