Merck & Co., Inc (MRK) has been named as a Top 25 ''Dividend Giant'' by ETF Channel, with a staggering $5.48B worth of stock held by ETFs, and above-average ''DividendRank'' statistics including a strong 3.53% yield, according to the most recent Dividend Channel ''DividendRank'' report. The report noted a strong quarterly dividend history at Merck & Co., Inc, and favorable long-term multi-year growth rates in key fundamental data points.
The annualized dividend paid by Merck & Co., Inc is $1.76/share, currently paid in quarterly installments, and its most recent dividend ex-date was on 12/12/2013. Below is a long-term dividend history chart for MRK, which the report stressed as being of key importance. Indeed, studying a company's past dividend history can be of good help in judging whether the most recent dividend is likely to continue.
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