NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- The ex-dividend date for Empire District Electric (NYSE: EDE) is tomorrow, May 30, 2012. Owners of shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 25 cents per share. At a price of $20.60 as of 9:30 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 4.9%. The average volume for Empire District Electric has been 200,500 shares per day over the past 30 days. Empire District Electric has a market cap of $864.2 million and is part of the utilities sector and utilities industry. Shares are down 2.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. The Empire District Electric Company, together with its subsidiaries, engages in the generation, purchase, transmission, distribution, and sale of electricity in Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, and Arkansas. The company has a P/E ratio of 16.4, equal to the average utilities industry P/E ratio and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7.
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