|Bid||33.20 x 0|
|Ask||37.00 x 0|
|Day's range||33.38 - 33.38|
|52-week range||30.00 - 46.00|
|Beta (5Y monthly)||0.59|
|PE ratio (TTM)||35.10|
|Earnings date||10 Mar 2020|
|Forward dividend & yield||N/A (N/A)|
|Ex-dividend date||21 Mar 2012|
|1y target est||55.50|
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