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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 9918.98, and so far today it has a volume of 2267172. Performance year to date since the 1/2/1970 is 22.51%.

To help you determine whether Merck & Co., Inc. is undervalued the following values will help you decide. P/E is 34.85 and forward P/E is 16.61. PEG perhaps more useful shows that Merck & Co., Inc. has a value for PEG of 5.59. P/S ratio is 4.48 and the P/B ratio is 4.06. The P/Cash and P/Free cash flow is 14.93 and 37.22 respectively.

At the current price Merck & Co., Inc. is trading at, 63.2 (-0.68% today), Merck & Co., Inc. has a dividend yield of 2.89%, and this is covered by a payout ratio of 99.50%. Earnings per share (EPS) is 1.83, and this is looking to grow in the next year to 2.32% 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 2777.43, and the number of shares float is 2737.97. The senior management bring insider ownership to 0.04%, and institutional ownership is at 75.80%. The float short is 1.04%, with the short ratio at a value of 2.86. Management has seen a return on assets of 5.20%, and also a return on investment of 6.40%.

The ability for Merck & Co., Inc., to deal with debt, means it current ratio is 1.9, and quick ratio is 1.5. Long term debt/equity is 0.55 and total debt/equity is 0.56. In terms of margins, Merck & Co., Inc. has a gross margin of 63.20%, with its operating margin at 18.10%, and Merck & Co., Inc. has a profit margin of 13.00%.

The 52 week high is -1.25%, with 43.11% being its 52 week low. The 20 day simple moving average is 7.27% and the 200 day simple moving average is 16.84%.

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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