NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- The ex-dividend date for Airgas (NYSE: ARG) is tomorrow, March 13, 2012. Owners of shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 32 cents per share. At a price of $83.22 as of 9:30 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 1.5%. The average volume for Airgas has been 589,600 shares per day over the past 30 days. Airgas has a market cap of $6 billion and is part of the services sector and wholesale industry. Shares are up 6.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Airgas, Inc., through its subsidiaries, engages in the distribution of industrial, medical, and specialty gases in the United States. The company has a P/E ratio of 49.5, above the average wholesale industry P/E ratio of 23.7 and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7.
TheStreet Ratings rates Airgas as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, good cash flow from operations and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally poor debt management on most measures that we evaluated. You can view the full Airgas Ratings Report. See our dividend calendar or top-yielding stocks list.