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Today’s Large Cap Details for Merck & Co., Inc. (NYSE: MRK) of Drug Manufacturers – Major

Merck & Co., Inc. (NYSE: MRK), is firmly in the large market cap category with market cap of 174.78 B. To be considered a large market cap stock companies have to be valued at more than $10 billion. The current price for Merck & Co., Inc. is 63.68 (with a change from open of 0.94%), this in conjunction with a target price of *TBA. Volume today has so far reached 8426878, with an average volume of about 8922.06. The GAP for this stock, is 0.19%.

The P/E ratio is 40.79, bringing the forward P/E to a value of 15.25. The current EPS for Merck & Co., Inc., is 1.56, with a EPS growth for this year coming to a value of -10.00%. Performance has been interesting with performance year to date coming to 8.17%.

Looking further into the growth statistics for Merck & Co., Inc., EPS is looking like it will grow 8.69% in the next year. Looking even further it is projected to be 6.02%. Quarter over quarter is 39.30% for EPS growth and for sales growth quarter over quarter it is 1.30%. Looking at past EPS growth statistics we see that for the past five years it has been -7.00%. Sales growth for the past five years has in fact been -3.70%.

Looking at the ownership, we see that the insider ownership is at 0.04% and institutional ownership is 75.70%. Shares outstanding is 2744.72, while shares float is at a value of 2733.83. Float short for Merck & Co., Inc. is 0.77% and the short ratio is 2.37.

In terms of debt, long term debt/equity is 0.59, while the total debt/equity comes to 0.71. The ability to meet these debts, means that the current ratio is 1.6, and the quick ratio is 1.3. The most recent gross margin is 75.90% and their operating margin is 14.40%. The profit margin is 10.90%.

Merck & Co., Inc. has seen returns on assets of 4.50%, and on investment, 6.20%. Return on equity is 10.40%. Price/Earnings to growth ratio is 6.78. Price/Sales ratio is at a value of 4.38, with Price/book ratio coming to 4.39 and Price/cash is 11.46, and finally Price/Free cash Flow is 103.36.

The simple moving averages are -1.01% and 1.48% for 20 day and 200 day simple moving average respectively. For the 52 week high and low the 52 week high is -4.67% and the 52 week low is 15.57%.

Merck & Co., Inc. has a dividend yield of 2.95%, with a current price of 63.68. The ability to pay this means the payout ratio is 117.50%. This is in an industry, Drug Manufacturers – Major, with equally high dividends from other companies in this sector, which it is Healthcare. Merck & Co., Inc. is based in USA.

Performance in the Drug Manufacturers – Major industry means that Merck & Co., Inc. has seen performance for the past week of -1.10%, with performance for the month coming to -0.33%. Looking at the data for the quarter it is at a value of -0.67%, and for the half year the performance is 13.94%. Volatility for this week is 1.21% and for the month this is 1.07%.


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