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Today’s Top Gainers in the Market Merck & Co. Inc. (NYSE:MRK) from Healthcare

Today’s top gainers include the company Merck & Co. Inc. (NYSE:MRK) which is in the industry Drug Manufacturers – Major, gaining 0.57% today. In the last week its performance is 3.69%, and 7.38% for the past quarter. Currently, Merck & Co. Inc., MRK has a target price of 61.45, so today’s gain of 0.57% is a significant step towards its target price. The GAP today is therefore -0.12%.

Merck & Co. Inc. (NYSE:MRK), has a market cap of 160725.56, and is based in USA. Insider ownership is at 0.04%, and institutional ownership is 74.90%.

At the current price of 57.94, it has a dividend yield of 3.18%, and its target price is 61.45. This is with a profit margin of 11.70%, and total debt/equity of 0.59. Merck & Co. Inc. (NYSE:MRK) has a P/E of 35.44, as well as a forward P/E of 15.41.

With a current EPS of 1.64, and a forecasted EPS growth for next year at 1.13%,Merck & Co. Inc. (NYSE:MRK) has had a EPS growth for the past five years at 41.50%. For the next five years EPS growth is projected to be 3.35%.

Performance for the year is 3.94%. Since its IPO date on 01/02/1970, the total performance to date is 11.56%.

Volume today for Merck & Co. Inc. (NYSE:MRK), is 7860817, while its average volume is 8907.72. Whilst the total gain today was 0.57%, it did have a day high of 0.45%.

Volatility for this week has been at 1.30%, and 1.44% for the month. The 52-week low for Merck & Co. Inc., MRK has been 31.20%, while the 52-week-high has reached -0.21%.

Looking at its return of investments, which is 6.40%, and its return on assets is 4.60%. Merck & Co. Inc. (NYSE:MRK) has an operating margin of 18.20%. With a sales growth of -1.20% quarter over quarter. Bearing in mind that Merck & Co. Inc., MRK is in the sector Healthcare, its long-term debt/equity is 0.54, and has a current ratio of 1.6 and 1.3 for quick ratio.

So what is the value of Merck & Co. Inc.? Well its PEG is 10.58, and the P/S is 4.08, along with a P/B of 3.67. Meanwhile it has a p/cash of 12.42.

Disclaimer: Remember there is a risk to your investment, this is not a recommendation, nor personal advice, never invest more than you are able too loose.

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