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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 1/2/1970. Merck & Co. Inc. is in the Drug Manufacturers – Major industry and Healthcare sector. Average volume for Merck & Co. Inc., is 8723.92, and so far today it has a volume of 4028544. Performance year to date since the 1/2/1970 is 12.94%.

To help you determine whether Merck & Co. Inc. is undervalued the following values will help you decide. P/E is 35.88 and forward P/E is 15.65. PEG perhaps more useful shows that Merck & Co. Inc. has a value for PEG of 6.89. P/S ratio is 4.11 and the P/B ratio is 3.71. The P/Cash and P/Free cash flow is *TBA and *TBA respectively.

At the current price Merck & Co. Inc. is trading at, 58.7 (0.07% today), Merck & Co. Inc. has a dividend yield of 3.14%, and this is covered by a payout ratio of 74.60%. Earnings per share (EPS) is 1.64, and this is looking to grow in the next year to 0.78% after growing -61.60% this past year. EPS growth quarter over quarter is 79.20%, and 0.60% for sales growth quarter over quarter.

The number of shares outstanding is 2757.17, and the number of shares float is 2757.17. The senior management bring insider ownership to 0.04%, and institutional ownership is at 75.00%. The float short is 1.16%, with the short ratio at a value of 3.67. Management has seen a return on assets of *TBA, and also a return on investment of 6.40%.

The ability for Merck & Co. Inc., to deal with debt, means it current ratio is *TBA, and quick ratio is *TBA. Long term debt/equity is *TBA and total debt/equity is *TBA. In terms of margins, Merck & Co. Inc. has a gross margin of 62.80%, with its operating margin at 18.10%, and Merck & Co. Inc. has a profit margin of 13.00%.

The 52 week high is -2.09%, with 32.92% being its 52 week low. The 20 day simple moving average is 2.54% and the 200 day simple moving average is 10.02%.

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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