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NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- The ex-dividend date for Patterson Companies (Nasdaq: PDCO) is tomorrow, October 6, 2011. Owners of shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 12 cents per share. At a price of $27.95 as of 9:30 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 1.8%. The average volume for Patterson Companies has been 1.2 million shares per day over the past 30 days. Patterson Companies has a market cap of $3.2 billion and is part of the services sector and wholesale industry. Shares are down 10.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Patterson Companies, Inc. operates as a distributor serving the dental, companion-pet veterinarian, and rehabilitation supply markets in North America. The company has a P/E ratio of 14.7, above the average wholesale industry P/E ratio of 14.6 and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7.