Question: Merck a major pharmaceutical generated 6 168 million in net income

Merck, a major pharmaceutical, generated $6,168 million in net income for the year ended December 31, 2012.
1. The company declared and paid $5,173 million in dividends during 2012.
2. Merck stock was selling for $38.30 per share on January 1, 2012, and for $40.94 per share on December 31, 2012.
3. As of January 1, 2012, the company had 3,041 million shares of common stock outstanding. During 2012, the company repurchased 14.4 million shares. Assume that the purchases were made evenly throughout the year.
a. Compute the following ratios:
(1) Earnings per share
(2) Price/earnings
(3) Dividend yield
(4) Stock price return
b. What effect (increase, decrease, or no effect) did each of the three events above have on Merck’s return on equity ratio?

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