Merck & Company, Inc. (MRK) Ex-Dividend Date Scheduled for December 12, 2013
Merck & Company, Inc. ( MRK ) will begin trading ex-dividend on December 12, 2013. A cash dividend payment of $0.44 per share is scheduled to be paid on January 08, 2014. Shareholders who purchased MRK stock prior to the ex-dividend date are eligible for the cash dividend payment. This represents an 2.33% increase over the prior quarter. At the current stock price of $49.43, the dividend yield is 3.56%.
The previous trading day's last sale of MRK was $49.43, representing a -1.96% decrease from the 52 week high of $50.42 and a 23.51% 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 ( JNJ ) and Pfizer, Inc. ( PFE ). MRK's current earnings per share, an indicator of a company's profitability, is $1.66. Zacks Investment Research reports MRK's forecasted earnings growth in 2013 as -8.46%, compared to an industry average of -2.8%.
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 ( IHE )
- 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. Health Care Index Fund ( IYH ).
The top-performing ETF of this group is IHE with an increase of 11.16% over the last 100 days. It also has the highest percent weighting of MRK at 7.67%.