Merck Stock To Go Ex-dividend Tomorrow (MRK)

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NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- The ex-dividend date for Merck (NYSE: MRK) is tomorrow, March 13, 2013. Owners of shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 43 cents per share. At a price of $45.39 as of 9:30 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 4%.

The average volume for Merck has been 15.1 million shares per day over the past 30 days. Merck has a market cap of $129.87 billion and is part of the health care sector and drugs industry. Shares are up 6.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday.

Merck & Co., Inc. provides various health solutions through its prescription medicines, vaccines, biologic therapies, animal health, and consumer care products worldwide. The company has a P/E ratio of 21.5, 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 largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, expanding profit margins, notable return on equity and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. You can view the full Merck Ratings Report.

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