NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- The ex-dividend date for Alliant Techsystems (NYSE: ATK) is Monday, March 5, 2012. Owners of shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 20 cents per share. At a price of $59.85 as of 9:30 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 1.3%. The average volume for Alliant Techsystems has been 218,000 shares per day over the past 30 days. Alliant Techsystems has a market cap of $2.02 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector and aerospace/defense industry. Shares are up 4.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Alliant Techsystems Inc. engages in the supply of aerospace and defense products to the U.S. government, allied nations, and prime contractors. The company also supplies ammunition and related accessories to law enforcement agencies and commercial customers. The company has a P/E ratio of 7.3, above the average aerospace/defense industry P/E ratio of seven and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7.
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