NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – Quest Diagnostics announced this week that its board of directors has declared a quarterly cash dividend of $.45 per share, payable on April 19 to shareholders of record on April 5.

Luminex said this week that its board of directors has authorized the initiation of a quarterly cash dividend to its shareholders for the first time in the company's history. The dividend of $.06 per share will be payable on April 14 to shareholders of record as of the close of business on March 24. This represents a planned annual dividend of $.24 per share. 

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