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Merck Increases Dividend By 2%

Each day, companies across the globe announce new upcoming dividend payouts. In our Dividend Payout Changes and Announcement tool, you’ll find all of the dividend increases, decreases, initiations, suspensions, updates and regular dividend announcements for a given day.

Below we present an analysis of the stocks that increased dividends last week. The latest payout is compared to the most recent payout before the dividend increase.

Following is a snapshot of the 12 major stocks that increased dividends last week. If an investor simply purchases the stock prior to the ex-dividend date and then sells it either on the ex-dividend date or at some point afterward, he will be able to receive the dividend in his account.

To apply this strategy, you need to know when stocks go ex-dividend. You can find out the latest ex-dividend dates for the stocks that interest you in our Ex-Dividend Date Search tool.

Stock With the Highest Market Cap

Check out Merck’s dividend history from 1993 till today here.

The Highest and the Lowest Dividend Yield Stocks

Stocks With the Best and Worst 52-Week Performance

Relative strength or price performance is one of the key dividend-specific parameters that we track when we rate stocks in our DARS rating system. The following two stocks have the best or the worst relative strength out of the stocks that increased dividends last week.

Dividend Aristocrats

Dividend Aristocrats are stocks that have consecutively increased their dividends for 25 years.

Check out last week’s dividend increases here.

You can find companies that have increased their dividends for more than 25 consecutive years on our 25-Year Dividend Increasing Stocks page. And companies that have increased their dividends for more than 10 years in a row on our 10-Year Dividend Increasing Stocks page.

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