NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- The ex-dividend date for American Equity Investment Life Holding Com (NYSE: AEL) is tomorrow, November 30, 2011. Owners of shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 12 cents per share. At a price of $10.67 as of 9:30 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 1.2%.

The average volume for American Equity Investment Life Holding Com has been 774,500 shares per day over the past 30 days. American Equity Investment Life Holding Com has a market cap of $651.5 million and is part of the financial sector and insurance industry. Shares are down 15.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday.

American Equity Investment Life Holding Company, through its subsidiaries, underwrites fixed annuity and life insurance products in the United States and the District of Columbia. The company has a P/E ratio of 14.5, below the average insurance industry P/E ratio of 15.6 and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7.

TheStreet Ratings rates American Equity Investment Life Holding Com as a buy. Among the primary strengths of the company is its expanding profit margins over time. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. You can view the full American Equity Investment Life Holding Com Ratings Report.

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