Merck & Company, Inc. (MRK) Ex-Dividend Date Scheduled for June 13, 2013

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Merck & Company, Inc. ( MRK ) will begin trading ex-dividend on June 13, 2013. A cash dividend payment of $0.43 per share is scheduled to be paid on July 08, 2013. 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 $47.56, the dividend yield is 3.62%.

The previous trading day's last sale of MRK was $47.56, representing a -5.18% decrease from the 52 week high of $50.16 and a 24.27% increase over the 52 week low of $38.27.

MRK is a part of the Health Care sector, which includes companies such as Johnson & Johnson ( JNJ ) and Pfizer, Inc. ( PFE ). MRK's current earnings per share, an indicator of a company's profitability, is $2.12. Zacks Investment Research reports MRK's forecasted earnings growth in 2013 as -8.53%, compared to an industry average of -3.6%.


For more information on the declaration, record and payment dates, visit the MRK Dividend History page.

Interested in gaining exposure to MRK through an Exchange Traded Fund [ETF]?
The following ETF(s) have MRK as a top-10 holding:

  • First Trust Morningstar Dividend Leaders Index Fund ( FDL )
  • iShares Dow Jones U.S. Pharmaceutical Index Fund ( IHE )
  • Select Sector SPDR Fund - Health Care ( XLV )
  • iShares Dow Jones U.S. Health Care Index Fund ( IYH )
  • Merrill Lynch Pharmaceutical HOLDRS ( PPH ).

The top-performing ETF of this group is IYH with an increase of 16.56% over the last 100 days. FDL has the highest percent weighting of MRK at 8.53%.



The views and opinions expressed herein are the views and opinions of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of The NASDAQ OMX Group, Inc.




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