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NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- The ex-dividend date for Alon USA Energy (NYSE: ALJ) is tomorrow, February 28, 2012. Owners of shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 4 cents per share. At a price of $9.43 as of 9:59 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 1.5%. The average volume for Alon USA Energy has been 333,800 shares per day over the past 30 days. Alon USA Energy has a market cap of $560.7 million and is part of the basic materials sector and energy industry. Shares are up 16.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Alon USA Energy, Inc. operates as an independent refiner and marketer of petroleum products in south central, southwestern, and western regions of the United States. The company operates in three segments: Refining and Unbranded Marketing, Asphalt, and Retail and Branded Marketing. The company has a P/E ratio of 23.7, above the average energy industry P/E ratio of 23.3 and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7.