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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 0.85% today. In the last week its performance is -0.80%, and 12.19% for the past quarter. Currently, Merck & Co., Inc., MRK has a target price of 65.47, so today’s gain of 0.85% is a significant step towards its target price. The GAP today is therefore 0.26%.

Merck & Co., Inc. (NYSE:MRK), has a market cap of 173968.8, and is based in USA. Insider ownership is at 0.04%, and institutional ownership is 75.00%.

At the current price of 62.85, it has a dividend yield of 2.93%, and its target price is 65.47. This is with a profit margin of 13.00%, and total debt/equity of 0.56. Merck & Co., Inc. (NYSE:MRK) has a P/E of 34.42, as well as a forward P/E of 16.37.

With a current EPS of 1.83, and a forecasted EPS growth for next year at 2.54%,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 6.29%.

Performance for the year is 18.33%. Since its IPO date on 1/2/1970, the total performance to date is 21.01%.

Volume today for Merck & Co., Inc. (NYSE:MRK), is 7793780, while its average volume is 9882.25. Whilst the total gain today was 0.85%, it did have a day high of -1.80%.

Volatility for this week has been at 1.27%, and 1.68% for the month. The 52-week low for Merck & Co., Inc., MRK has been 34.06%, while the 52-week-high has reached -1.80%.

Looking at its return of investments, which is 6.40%, and its return on assets is 5.20%. Merck & Co., Inc. (NYSE:MRK) has an operating margin of 18.10%. With a sales growth of 0.60% quarter over quarter. Bearing in mind that Merck & Co., Inc., MRK is in the sector Healthcare, its long-term debt/equity is 0.55, and has a current ratio of 1.9 and 1.5 for quick ratio.

So what is the value of Merck & Co., Inc.? Well its PEG is 5.48, and the P/S is 4.41, along with a P/B of 4.01. Meanwhile it has a p/cash of 14.7.

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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