Merck & Company, Inc. (
) will begin trading ex-dividend on September 12, 2013. A cash
dividend payment of $0.43 per share is scheduled to be paid on
October 07, 2013. Shareholders who purchased MRK stock prior to the
ex-dividend date are eligible for the cash dividend payment. This
marks the 4th quarter that MRK has paid the same dividend. At the
current stock price of $47.98, the dividend yield is 3.58%.
The previous trading day's last sale of MRK was $47.98,
representing a -4.35% decrease from the 52 week high of $50.16 and
a 19.89% increase over the 52 week low of $40.02.
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 $1.84. Zacks Investment Research reports MRK's
forecasted earnings growth in 2013 as -8.6%, compared to an
industry average of -3.8%.
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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 (
- First Trust Morningstar Dividend Leaders Index Fund (
- Select Sector SPDR Fund - Health Care (
- iShares Dow Jones U.S. Health Care Index Fund (
- Vanguard Health Care ETF (
The top-performing ETF of this group is VHT with an increase of
10.77% over the last 100 days. IHE has the highest percent
weighting of MRK at 7.89%.