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Marsh & McLennan boosts dividend by nearly 10%

Marsh & McLennan Companies said Thursday it will raise its quarterly dividend by 9.6%, to 45.5 cents a share from 41.5 cents. The new dividend will be payable Aug. 15 to shareholders of record on July 11. The financial services company’s stock rose 1.4% in morning trade. Based on current price, the new annual dividend rate implies a dividend yield of 1.89%, which compares with the yield for the SPDR Financial Select Sector ETF of 1.94% and the implied yield for the S&P 500 of 1.99%, according to FactSet. Marsh & McLennan’s stock has climbed 20.5% year to date, while the financial ETF has advanced 13.9% and the S&P 500 has gained 15.2%.Market Pulse Stories are Rapid-fire, short news bursts on stocks and markets as they move. Visit MarketWatch.com for more information on this news.

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