VRTX - Vertex Pharmaceuticals Incorporated

NasdaqGS - NasdaqGS Real Time Price. Currency in USD
176.03
+0.24 (+0.14%)
As of 2:57PM EDT. Market open.
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Previous Close175.79
Open176.16
Bid175.97 x 1400
Ask176.00 x 800
Day's Range174.70 - 178.08
52 Week Range151.80 - 195.81
Volume569,153
Avg. Volume1,163,206
Market Cap45.085B
Beta (3Y Monthly)1.18
PE Ratio (TTM)21.21
EPS (TTM)N/A
Earnings DateN/A
Forward Dividend & YieldN/A (N/A)
Ex-Dividend DateN/A
1y Target EstN/A
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