WellPoint Inc. ( WLP ) will begin trading ex-dividend on June 06, 2014. A cash dividend payment of $0.4375 per share is scheduled to be paid on June 25, 2014. Shareholders who purchased WLP stock prior to the ex-dividend date are eligible for the cash dividend payment. This represents an 16.67% increase over the same period a year ago. At the current stock price of $108.63, the dividend yield is 1.61%.
The previous trading day's last sale of WLP was $108.63, representing a -1.27% decrease from the 52 week high of $110.03 and a 44.8% increase over the 52 week low of $75.02.
WLP is a part of the Health Care sector, which includes companies such as UnitedHealth Group Incorporated ( UNH ) and Aetna Inc. ( AET ). WLP's current earnings per share, an indicator of a company's profitability, is $7.69. Zacks Investment Research reports WLP's forecasted earnings growth in 2014 as .29%, compared to an industry average of .1%.
Interested in gaining exposure to WLP through an Exchange Traded Fund [ETF]?
The following ETF(s) have WLP as a top-10 holding:
- iShares U.S. Health Care Providers ETF ( IHF )
- SPDR MFS Systematic Value Equity ETF ( SYV )
- iShares Enhanced U.S. Large-Cap ( IELG )
- First Trust Health Care AlphaDEX ( FXH )
- Guggenheim S&P 500 Pure Value ETF ( RPV ).
The top-performing ETF of this group is RPV with an increase of 8.07% over the last 100 days. IHF has the highest percent weighting of WLP at 7.44%.
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