MRK Dividend Type Payments

MERCK dividend

Although MRK has no upcoming (meaning, Board-approved and announced) dividends, you can sell covered calls on MERCK to create 12 extra dividend type payments per year to boost its yield. Let's look at some recent prices (last updated Tue 4:16 PM ET):

MERCK (MRK)
Bid Ask Last Change Volume P/E Market Cap
68.94 71.38 70.65 -0.13 5.3M 139 188B

MRK Dividend-Like Income Using Covered Calls

With MRK at 70.65, here's a table showing how big the annual "dividend" (ie. total annual call premium received) would need to be to attain 3%, 5%, and 10% annual yields. Also shown is the equivalent number of cents/day necessary to achieve each yield:

Annual Yield Annual Premium Cents/Day
3% 2.12 0.6
5% 3.53 1.0
10% 7.07 1.9

So now we need to find out of the money covered calls that pay at least the prescribed cents/day amount of time premium. That will generate income and, because they are out of the money, leave room for some upside potential on the stock. Here are some examples:

3% Yield On MRK Using Covered Calls
Expiration Strike Call Bid Days Cents/Day Upside Potential
Sep 28 72.00 0.03 4 0.8 0.62 (0.9%)
Oct 5 72.50 0.09 11 0.8 1.12 (1.6%)
5% Yield On MRK Using Covered Calls
Expiration Strike Call Bid Days Cents/Day Upside Potential
Sep 28 71.50 0.09 4 2.3 0.12 (0.2%)
Oct 5 72.00 0.17 11 1.5 0.62 (0.9%)
10% Yield On MRK Using Covered Calls
Expiration Strike Call Bid Days Cents/Day Upside Potential
Sep 28 71.50 0.09 4 2.3 0.12 (0.2%)
Oct 5 71.50 0.30 11 2.7 0.12 (0.2%)

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