XLB - Materials Select Sector SPDR ETF

NYSEArca - Nasdaq Real Time Price. Currency in USD
59.76
+0.14 (+0.23%)
As of 1:52PM EDT. Market open.
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Previous Close59.62
Open59.79
Bid59.75 x 3000
Ask59.76 x 1300
Day's Range59.47 - 60.00
52 Week Range55.21 - 64.17
Volume2,352,821
Avg. Volume5,748,345
Net Assets4.41B
NAV59.32
PE Ratio (TTM)N/A
Yield1.85%
YTD Return-1.25%
Beta (3y)1.29
Expense Ratio (net)0.14%
Inception Date1998-12-16
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