NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- The ex-dividend date for Patterson Companies (Nasdaq: PDCO) is Monday, April 9, 2012. Owners of shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 14 cents per share. At a price of $32.79 as of 9:35 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 1.7%. The average volume for Patterson Companies has been 874,100 shares per day over the past 30 days. Patterson Companies has a market cap of $3.54 billion and is part of the services sector and wholesale industry. Shares are up 12.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Patterson Companies, Inc. operates as a distributor serving the dental, companion-pet veterinarian, and rehabilitation supply markets in North America. The company has a P/E ratio of 17.8, above the average wholesale industry P/E ratio of 17.3 and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7.
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