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NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- The ex-dividend date for Covidien (NYSE: COV) is Monday, April 2, 2012. Owners of shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 23 cents per share. At a price of $54.25 as of 9:30 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 1.7%. The average volume for Covidien has been 3.5 million shares per day over the past 30 days. Covidien has a market cap of $23.59 billion and is part of the health care sector and health services industry. Shares are up 19.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Covidien Public Limited Company develops, manufactures, and sells healthcare products for use in clinical and home settings in the United States and internationally. The company has a P/E ratio of 13.7, above the average health services industry P/E ratio of 13 and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7.