Merck & Company, Inc. (
) has announced an ex-dividend date of December 13, 2012 and a cash
dividend payment of $0.43 per share scheduled for January 08, 2013.
Shareholders who purchased MRK stock prior to the ex-dividend date
are eligible for the cash dividend payment. This represents an
2.38% increase over the prior quarter. At the current stock price
of $44.48, the dividend yield is 3.87%.
The previous trading day's last sale of MRK was $44.48,
representing a -7.33% decrease from the 52 week high of $48 and a
27.6% increase over the 52 week low of $34.86.
MRK is a part of the Consumer Durables sector, which includes
companies such as Johnson & Johnson (
) and Pfizer, Inc. (
). MRK's current earnings per share, an indicator of a company's
profitability, is $2.19. Zacks Investment Research reports MRK's
forecasted earnings growth in 2012 as .53%, compared to an industry
average of .2%.
For more information on the declaration, record and payment
dates, visit the
Interested in gaining exposure to MRK through an Exchange
Traded Fund [ETF]?
The following ETF(s) have MRK as a top-10 holding:
- Select Sector SPDR Fund - Health Care (
- iShares Dow Jones U.S. Pharmaceutical Index Fund (
- iShares Dow Jones U.S. Health Care Index Fund (
- PowerShares Fundamental Pure Large Growth Portfolio (
- Merrill Lynch Pharmaceutical HOLDRS (
The top-performing ETF of this group is PXLG with an increase of
6.9% over the last 100 days. XLV has the highest percent weighting
of MRK at 8.93%.