CI - Cigna Corporation

NYSE - Nasdaq Real Time Price. Currency in USD
153.08
-0.74 (-0.48%)
As of 10:27AM EDT. Market open.
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Previous Close 153.82
Open 153.38
Bid 152.04 x 800
Ask 152.06 x 1200
Day's Range 151.53 - 154.44
52 Week Range 141.95 - 226.61
Volume 460,464
Avg. Volume 2,941,804
Market Cap 58.179B
Beta (3Y Monthly) 1.03
PE Ratio (TTM) 14.52
EPS (TTM) 10.54
Earnings Date May 2, 2019
Forward Dividend & Yield 0.04 (0.02%)
Ex-Dividend Date 2019-03-08
1y Target Est 238.95
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