Merck & Company, Inc. (
) will begin trading ex-dividend on June 12, 2014. A cash dividend
payment of $0.44 per share is scheduled to be paid on July 08,
2014. Shareholders who purchased MRK stock prior to the ex-dividend
date are eligible for the cash dividend payment. This marks the 3rd
quarter that MRK has paid the same dividend. At the current stock
price of $58.49, the dividend yield is 3.01%.
The previous trading day's last sale of MRK was $58.49,
representing a -2.26% decrease from the 52 week high of $59.84 and
a 31.08% increase over the 52 week low of $44.62.
MRK is a part of the Health Care sector, which includes
companies such as Johnson & Johnson (
) and Novartis AG (
). MRK's current earnings per share, an indicator of a company's
profitability, is $1.51. Zacks Investment Research reports MRK's
forecasted earnings growth in 2014 as -.05%, compared to an
industry average of 1.7%.
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Interested in gaining exposure to MRK through an Exchange
Traded Fund [ETF]?
The following ETF(s) have MRK as a top-10 holding:
- iShares U.S. Pharmaceutical ETF (
- Select Sector SPDR Fund - Health Care (
- First Trust Morningstar Dividend Leaders Index Fund (
- iShares Dow Jones U.S. Health Care Index Fund (
- Vanguard Health Care ETF (
The top-performing ETF of this group is FDL with an increase of
7.85% over the last 100 days. IHE has the highest percent weighting
of MRK at 9.42%.