MRK  Merck & Company Inc.

Exchange

NYSE

Sector

Consumer Durables

Industry

Major Pharmaceuticals

Market Cap.

180.29B

Very Strong Dividend History over the past 10 years

MRK has consistently distributed a dividend for at least the past 10 years. Such a long dividend history suggests MRK is very established in its market and that its dividend distribution is likely to continue for a significant period of time.
Figures in USD. Fiscal year ends in December
2006200720082009201020112012201320142015
Dividend Paid 3.32B 3.31B 3.28B 3.48B 4.85B 4.81B 5.24B 5.28B 5.25B 5.12B
divided by
Shares Outstanding 2.19B 2.19B 2.15B 2.27B 3.12B 3.09B 3.08B 3.00B 2.93B 2.84B
Dividend Paid Per Share 1.52 1.51 1.53 1.53 1.56 1.55 1.70 1.76 1.79 1.80
Price at Year End 35.15 48.77 25.70 33.91 34.38 37.70 40.64 49.94 57.65 53.25
Dividend Yield 4.32% 3.09% 5.95% 4.51% 4.52% 4.12% 4.19% 3.53% 3.11% 3.38%

Strong History of Stock Buybacks over the past 10 years

MRK has a strong history of delivering increased value for shareholders in the form of stock buybacks. These have helped improve financial metrics and increase each shareholders' relative ownership stake in the company, due to fewer shares outstanding and holding the same number of shares.
Figures in USD. Fiscal year ends in December
2006200720082009201020112012201320142015
Shares Outstanding 2.19B 2.19B 2.15B 2.27B 3.12B 3.09B 3.08B 3.00B 2.93B 2.84B
Stock Bought Back - -0.24% 2.22% -5.63% -27.14% 0.84% 0.59% 2.67% 2.32% 3.06%