WellPoint Inc. ( WLP ) has announced an ex-dividend date of December 05, 2012 and a cash dividend payment of $0.2875 per share scheduled for December 21, 2012. Shareholders who purchased WLP stock prior to the ex-dividend date are eligible for the cash dividend payment. This marks the 4th quarter that WLP has paid the same dividend. At the current stock price of $55.9, the dividend yield is 2.06%.
The previous trading day's last sale of WLP was $55.9, representing a -25.2% decrease from the 52 week high of $74.73 and a 6.45% increase over the 52 week low of $52.52.
WLP is a part of the Health Care sector, which includes companies such as UnitedHealth Group Incorporated ( UNH ) and Cigna Corporation ( CI ). WLP's current earnings per share, an indicator of a company's profitability, is $7.58. Zacks Investment Research reports WLP's forecasted earnings growth in 2012 as 6.3%, compared to an industry average of -7.3%.
For more information on the declaration, record and payment dates, visit the WLP Dividend History page.
Interested in gaining exposure to WLP through an Exchange Traded Fund [ETF]?
The following ETF(s) have WLP as a top-10 holding:
- iShares Dow Jones U.S. Health Care Providers Index ( IHF ).
The top-performing ETF of this group is IHF with an increase of 2.88% over the last 100 days. It also has the highest percent weighting of WLP at 6%.
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