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Merck & Company, Inc. (MRK) Ex-Dividend Date Scheduled for June 12, 2014

Merck & Company, Inc. ( MRK ) will begin trading ex-dividend on June 12, 2014. A cash dividend payment of $0.44 per share is scheduled to be paid on July 08, 2014. 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 $58.49, the dividend yield is 3.01%.

The previous trading day's last sale of MRK was $58.49, representing a -2.26% decrease from the 52 week high of $59.84 and a 31.08% increase over the 52 week low of $44.62.

MRK is a part of the Health Care sector, which includes companies such as Johnson & Johnson ( JNJ ) and Novartis AG ( NVS ). MRK's current earnings per share, an indicator of a company's profitability, is $1.51. Zacks Investment Research reports MRK's forecasted earnings growth in 2014 as -.05%, compared to an industry average of 1.7%.

For more information on the declaration, record and payment dates, visit the MRK Dividend History page. Our Dividend Calendar has the full list of stocks that have an ex-dividend today.

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 )
  • Select Sector SPDR Fund - Health Care ( XLV )
  • First Trust Morningstar Dividend Leaders Index Fund ( FDL )
  • iShares Dow Jones U.S. Health Care Index Fund ( IYH )
  • Vanguard Health Care ETF ( VHT ).

The top-performing ETF of this group is FDL with an increase of 7.85% over the last 100 days. IHE has the highest percent weighting of MRK at 9.42%.

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


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

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