Quest Diagnostics Incorporated (DGX) Ex-Dividend Date Scheduled for March 28, 2013

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Quest Diagnostics Incorporated ( DGX ) will begin trading ex-dividend on March 28, 2013. A cash dividend payment of $0.3 per share is scheduled to be paid on April 16, 2013. Shareholders who purchased DGX stock prior to the ex-dividend date are eligible for the cash dividend payment. This represents an 76.47% increase over the same period a year ago. At the current stock price of $57.25, the dividend yield is 2.1%.

The previous trading day's last sale of DGX was $57.25, representing a -11.75% decrease from the 52 week high of $64.87 and a 7.51% increase over the 52 week low of $53.25.

DGX is a part of the Health Care sector, which includes companies such as UnitedHealth Group Incorporated ( UNH ) and WellPoint Inc. ( WLP ). DGX's current earnings per share, an indicator of a company's profitability, is $3.45. Zacks Investment Research reports DGX's forecasted earnings growth in 2013 as 1.31%, compared to an industry average of -7.2%.

For more information on the declaration, record and payment dates, visit the DGX Dividend History page.

Interested in gaining exposure to DGX through an Exchange Traded Fund [ETF]?
The following ETF(s) have DGX as a top-10 holding:

  • iShares Dow Jones U.S. Health Care Providers Index ( IHF )
  • Vanguard Mid-Cap Value ETF ( VOE ).

The top-performing ETF of this group is VOE with an increase of 13.61% over the last 100 days. IHF has the highest percent weighting of DGX at 3.47%.



The views and opinions expressed herein are the views and opinions of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of The NASDAQ OMX Group, Inc.



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Referenced Stocks: DGX , IHF , UNH , VOE , WLP

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