Merck & Company, Inc. (MRK) will begin trading ex-dividend on September 14, 2020. A cash dividend payment of $0.61 per share is scheduled to be paid on October 07, 2020. Shareholders who purchased MRK 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 $83.57, the dividend yield is 2.92%.
The previous trading day's last sale of MRK was $83.57, representing a -9.79% decrease from the 52 week high of $92.64 and a 28.08% increase over the 52 week low of $65.25.
MRK is a part of the Health Care sector, which includes companies such as Benitec Biopharma Inc. (BNTC) and Johnson & Johnson (JNJ). MRK's current earnings per share, an indicator of a company's profitability, is $4.1. Zacks Investment Research reports MRK's forecasted earnings growth in 2020 as 9.72%, compared to an industry average of 8.3%.
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. ETF Trust (IEIH)
- SPDR Select Sector Fund - Health Care (XLV)
- VanEck Vectors Pharmaceutical ETF (PPH)
- Invesco Dynamic Pharmaceuticals ETF (PJP)
- iShares U.S. Pharmaceutical ETF (IHE).
The top-performing ETF of this group is IHE with an increase of 7.63% over the last 100 days. IEIH has the highest percent weighting of MRK at 6.65%.