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Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group, Inc. (SMFG)

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7.15-0.01 (-0.14%)
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Previous Close7.16
Bid7.10 x 21500
Ask7.15 x 29200
Day's Range7.09 - 7.15
52 Week Range5.29 - 7.95
Avg. Volume1,294,132
Market Cap48.911B
Beta (5Y Monthly)1.04
PE Ratio (TTM)10.46
EPS (TTM)0.68
Earnings DateN/A
Forward Dividend & Yield0.37 (5.15%)
Ex-Dividend DateSep. 28, 2020
1y Target Est8.76
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