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NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- The ex-dividend date for Heartland Express (Nasdaq: HTLD) is tomorrow, March 21, 2012. Owners of shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 2 cents per share. At a price of $14.87 as of 9:30 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 0.5%. The average volume for Heartland Express has been 498,600 shares per day over the past 30 days. Heartland Express has a market cap of $1.27 billion and is part of the services sector and transportation industry. Shares are up 5.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Heartland Express, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, operates as a short-to-medium-haul truckload carrier of general commodities in the United States. The company has a P/E ratio of 19.2, below the average transportation industry P/E ratio of 19.5 and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7.