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NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- The ex-dividend date for Mine Safety Appliances Company (NYSE: MSA) is tomorrow, May 17, 2012. Owners of shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 28 cents per share. At a price of $42.67 as of 9:30 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 2.6%. The average volume for Mine Safety has been 128,500 shares per day over the past 30 days. Mine Safety has a market cap of $1.56 billion and is part of the health care sector and health services industry. Shares are up 27.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Mine Safety Appliances Company engages in the development, manufacture, and supply of products that protect people's health and safety in the fire service, homeland security, oil and gas, construction, and other industries, as well as military worldwide. The company has a P/E ratio of 19.7, equal to the average health services industry P/E ratio and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7.