NEW YORK (

TheStreet

) -- The ex-dividend date for

Imperial Oil

(AMEX:

IMO

) is tomorrow, March 1, 2012. Owners of shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 12 cents per share. At a price of $48.63 as of 9:30 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 1%.

The average volume for Imperial Oil has been 293,300 shares per day over the past 30 days. Imperial Oil has a market cap of $39.61 billion and is part of the

basic materials

sector and

energy

industry. Shares are up 8% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

Imperial Oil Limited engages in the exploration, production, and sale of crude oil and natural gas in Canada. The company operates through three segments: Upstream, Downstream, and Chemical. The company has a P/E ratio of 12.5, equal to the average energy industry P/E ratio and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7.

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TheStreet Ratings rates Imperial Oil as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, robust revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and attractive valuation levels. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself. You can view the full

Imperial Oil Ratings Report

.

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