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NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- The ex-dividend date for Essex Property (NYSE: ESS) is Monday, December 30, 2013. Owners of shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of $1.21 per share. At a price of $145.09 as of 9:50 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 3.4%. The average volume for Essex Property has been 315,400 shares per day over the past 30 days. Essex Property has a market cap of $5.49 billion and is part of the financial sector and real estate industry. Shares are down 0.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Essex Property Trust, Inc. operates as a self-administered and self-managed real estate investment trust in the United States. It engages in the ownership, operation, management, acquisition, development, and redevelopment of apartment communities, as well as commercial properties.