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Is Merck & Co. Inc.(NYSE: MRK), a large market cap stock a smart buy?

With a market cap of has a large market cap size. Merck & Co. Inc. (NYSE: MRK) has been on the stock market since its IPO date on the 01/02/1970. Merck & Co. Inc. is in the Drug Manufacturers – Major industry and Healthcare sector. Average volume for Merck & Co. Inc., is 8914.52, and so far today it has a volume of 7282300. Performance year to date since the 01/02/1970 is 14.25%.

To help you determine whether Merck & Co. Inc. is undervalued the following values will help you decide. P/E is 36.29 and forward P/E is 15.8. PEG perhaps more useful shows that Merck & Co. Inc. has a value for PEG of 10.83. P/S ratio is 4.18 and the P/B ratio is 3.76. The P/Cash and P/Free cash flow is 12.72 and 28.28 respectively.

At the current price Merck & Co. Inc. is trading at, 59.34 (-0.02% today), Merck & Co. Inc. has a dividend yield of 3.10%, and this is covered by a payout ratio of 110.40%. Earnings per share (EPS) is 1.64, and this is looking to grow in the next year to 1.05% after growing -61.60% this past year. EPS growth quarter over quarter is 20.60%, and -1.20% for sales growth quarter over quarter.

The number of shares outstanding is 2774, and the number of shares float is 2766.95. The senior management bring insider ownership to 0.04%, and institutional ownership is at 74.80%. The float short is 1.12%, with the short ratio at a value of 3.48. Management has seen a return on assets of 4.60%, and also a return on investment of 6.40%.

The ability for Merck & Co. Inc., to deal with debt, means it current ratio is 1.6, and quick ratio is 1.3. Long term debt/equity is 0.54 and total debt/equity is 0.59. In terms of margins, Merck & Co. Inc. has a gross margin of 62.80%, with its operating margin at 18.20%, and Merck & Co. Inc. has a profit margin of 11.70%.

The 52 week high is -0.39%, with 34.37% being its 52 week low. The 20 day simple moving average is 6.37% and the 200 day simple moving average is 12.83%.

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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