VZ - Verizon Communications Inc.

NYSE - NYSE Delayed Price. Currency in USD
58.04
+0.26 (+0.45%)
At close: 4:00PM EDT
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Previous Close57.78
Open57.51
Bid57.97 x 2900
Ask58.10 x 1200
Day's Range57.28 - 58.20
52 Week Range46.09 - 61.58
Volume12,872,523
Avg. Volume14,328,803
Market Cap239.705B
Beta (3Y Monthly)0.47
PE Ratio (TTM)15.44
EPS (TTM)3.76
Earnings DateApr 23, 2019
Forward Dividend & Yield2.41 (4.08%)
Ex-Dividend Date2019-04-09
1y Target Est59.54
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