DRI - Darden Restaurants, Inc.

NYSE - NYSE Delayed Price. Currency in USD
124.07
+1.86 (+1.52%)
At close: 4:02PM EDT

124.24 +0.17 (0.14%)
After hours: 6:33PM EDT

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Previous Close 122.21
Open 122.42
Bid 123.98 x 1000
Ask 124.02 x 800
Day's Range 121.96 - 124.10
52 Week Range 95.83 - 125.99
Volume 933,632
Avg. Volume 1,439,443
Market Cap 15.258B
Beta (3Y Monthly) 0.62
PE Ratio (TTM) 21.81
EPS (TTM) 5.69
Earnings Date Sep 18, 2019 - Sep 23, 2019
Forward Dividend & Yield 3.52 (2.88%)
Ex-Dividend Date 2019-07-09
1y Target Est 126.88
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