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Morning Stock Stories: Merck & Co., Inc. (NYSE: MRK)

With a market cap of 174.9 B, Merck & Co., Inc. 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 9053.53, and so far today it has a volume of 157029. Performance year to date since the 01/02/1970 is 6.83%.

To help you determine whether Merck & Co., Inc. is undervalued the following values will help you decide. P/E is 40.29 and forward P/E is 15.09. PEG perhaps more useful shows that Merck & Co., Inc. has a value for PEG of 6.7. P/S ratio is 4.38 and the P/B ratio is 4.33. The P/Cash and P/Free cash flow is 11.47 and 103.43 respectively.

At the current price Merck & Co., Inc. is trading at, 63.03 (0.22% today), Merck & Co., Inc. has a dividend yield of 2.99%, and this is covered by a payout ratio of 117.50%. Earnings per share (EPS) is 1.56, and this is looking to grow in the next year to 8.48% after growing -10.00% this past year. EPS growth quarter over quarter is 39.30%, and 1.30% for sales growth quarter over quarter.

The number of shares outstanding is 2781.11, and the number of shares float is 2733.83. The senior management bring insider ownership to 0.04%, and institutional ownership is at 75.80%. The float short is 0.62%, with the short ratio at a value of 1.86. Management has seen a return on assets of 4.50%, 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 0.59 and total debt/equity is 0.71. In terms of margins, Merck & Co., Inc. has a gross margin of 75.90%, with its operating margin at 13.20%, and Merck & Co., Inc. has a profit margin of 10.90%.

The 52 week high is -5.64%, with 10.23% being its 52 week low. The 20 day simple moving average is -1.71% and the 200 day simple moving average is 0.20%.

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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