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NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- The ex-dividend date for Health Care REIT (NYSE: HCN) is tomorrow, August 3, 2012. Owners of shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 74 cents per share. At a price of $61.68 as of 9:30 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 4.8%. The average volume for Health Care REIT has been 1.5 million shares per day over the past 30 days. Health Care REIT has a market cap of $13.31 billion and is part of the financial sector and real estate industry. Shares are up 14.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Health Care REIT, Inc. is an independent equity real estate investment trust. The firm engages in acquiring, planning, developing, managing, repositioning and monetizing of real estate assets. It primarily invests in the real estate markets of the United States. The company has a P/E ratio of 55.6, above the average real estate industry P/E ratio of 50.6 and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7.