The ex-dividend date for Merck (NYSE:MRK) is tomorrow, December 13, 2012. Owners of shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 43 cents per share. At a price of $45.33 as of 2:40 p.m., the dividend yield is 3.9%.
Editor's Note: TheStreet ratings do not represent the views of TheStreet's staff or its contributors. Ratings are established by computer based on metrics for performance (which includes growth, stock performance, efficiency and valuation) and risk (volatility and solvency). Companies with poor cash flow or high debt levels tend to earn lower ratings in our model. NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- The ex-dividend date for Merck (NYSE: MRK) is tomorrow, December 13, 2012. Owners of shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 43 cents per share. At a price of $45.33 as of 2:40 p.m. ET, the dividend yield is 3.9%. The average volume for Merck has been 10.9 million shares per day over the past 30 days. Merck has a market cap of $135.22 billion and is part of the health care sector and drugs industry. Shares are up 19.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Merck & Co., Inc. provides various health solutions through its prescription medicines, vaccines, biologic therapies, animal health, and consumer care products. The company has a P/E ratio of 20.2, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7.
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TheStreet Ratings rates Merck as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, increase in net income, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, reasonable valuation levels and growth in earnings per share. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. You can view the full Merck Ratings Report. See our dividend calendar or top-yielding stocks list. Holiday Special: Subscribe to Action Alerts PLUS to see how Jim Cramer trades his $2.5 Million+ portfolio for 51% off the list price. Your first 14-days are FREE: Sign up today to get e-mail alerts before every trade.