Merck & Company, Inc. (
) 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 (
) and Pfizer, Inc. (
). 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
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 (
- iShares Dow Jones U.S. Pharmaceutical Index Fund (
- Select Sector SPDR Fund - Health Care (
- iShares Dow Jones U.S. Health Care Index Fund (
- Merrill Lynch Pharmaceutical HOLDRS (
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%.