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

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Merck & Company, Inc. ( MRK ) will begin trading ex-dividend on March 13, 2013. A cash dividend payment of $0.43 per share is scheduled to be paid on April 05, 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 same period a year ago.

The previous trading day's last sale of MRK was $42.97, representing a -10.48% decrease from the 52 week high of $48 and a 16.07% increase over the 52 week low of $37.02.

MRK is a part of the Consumer Durables 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 $2.16. Zacks Investment Research reports MRK's forecasted earnings growth in 2013 as -4.73%, compared to an industry average of -.1%.


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 )
  • Select Sector SPDR Fund - Health Care ( XLV )
  • Vanguard Health Care ETF ( VHT )
  • iShares Dow Jones U.S. Pharmaceutical Index Fund ( IHE )
  • iShares Dow Jones U.S. Health Care Index Fund ( IYH ).

The top-performing ETF of this group is XLV with an increase of 10.41% over the last 100 days. FDL has the highest percent weighting of MRK at 7.76%.



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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