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NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- The ex-dividend date for News (Nasdaq: NWS) is Monday, March 12, 2012. Owners of shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 9 cents per share. At a price of $20.01 as of 9:30 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 0.9%. The average volume for News has been 3.2 million shares per day over the past 30 days. News has a market cap of $15.71 billion and is part of the services sector and media industry. Shares are up 9.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. News Corporation operates as a diversified media company worldwide. The company has a P/E ratio of 17.6, and equal to the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7.