NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- The ex-dividend date for Quest Diagnostics Inc (NYSE: DGX) is tomorrow, October 5, 2011. Owners of shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 10 cents per share. At a price of $45.85 as of 9:30 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 0.8%.

The average volume for Quest has been two million shares per day over the past 30 days. Quest has a market cap of $7.8 billion and is part of the health care sector and health services industry. Shares are down 14.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday.

Quest Diagnostics Incorporated provides diagnostic testing, information, and services in the United States and internationally. The company has a P/E ratio of 17.8, equal to the average health services industry P/E ratio and equal to the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7.
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TheStreet Ratings rates Quest as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, expanding profit margins and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. You can view the full Quest Ratings Report.

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