NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- The ex-dividend date for CME Group (Nasdaq: CME) is tomorrow, March 7, 2012. Owners of shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of $5.23 per share. At a price of $280.27 as of 9:30 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 3.1%. The average volume for CME Group has been 712,000 shares per day over the past 30 days. CME Group has a market cap of $15.97 billion and is part of the financial sector and financial services industry. Shares are up 18.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. CME Group Inc. operates the CME, CBOT, NYMEX, and COMEX regulatory exchanges worldwide. The company has a P/E ratio of 10.7, below the average financial services industry P/E ratio of 12.8 and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7.
TheStreet Ratings rates CME Group as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its compelling growth in net income, expanding profit margins, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, impressive record of earnings per share growth and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. You can view the full CME Group Ratings Report. See our dividend calendar or top-yielding stocks list.