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A look at a High Market Cap Stock: Merck & Co., Inc., MRK

Merck & Co., Inc., MRK is in the exchange NYSE and its industry is Drug Manufacturers – Major in the sector of Healthcare. Based in USA, Merck & Co., Inc., MRK  has a market cap of 171466.53. Since its IPO date on the 1/2/1970, Merck & Co., Inc., MRK performance year to date is 20.62%. Today Merck & Co., Inc., MRK has gained -0.31%, with a current price of 62.

Ownership of the company is 0.04% for insider ownership while institutional ownership is 74.60%. The management of the company have seen the company have a payout ratio of 92.90%. Return of assets are at 5.60%, with return on investment at 6.40%.

In terms of debt levels and profit levels, Merck & Co., Inc., MRK is seeing a long-term debt/equity of 0.54. While Total debt/equity is 0.57. With a profit margin of 13.80%, this is combined with a gross margin of 64.50%, and operating margin of 19.60%. Merck & Co., Inc. ability to meet debt levels, with a current ratio of 1.9, while the quick ratio is 1.6.

For the last year Merck & Co., Inc., MRK has seen a EPS growth of -61.60%. A performance for the year of 21.22%. The 52-week high is -5.29%, and the 52-week low is 32.41%. The average volume for Merck & Co., Inc., MRK is 869700.

With a target price of 68.32, can Merck & Co., Inc., MRK reach this target? Looking at the value indicators of Merck & Co., Inc., MRK. Merck & Co., Inc. has a P/E of 31.63 and a forward P/E of 16.01. Perhaps the more useful indicator than P/E, is PEG which has a value of 5.09. Merck & Co., Inc. also has a P/S and a P/B of 4.3 and 3.93 respectively. For P/cash, Merck & Co., Inc. has a value of 13.03, while it is 255.54 for P/free cash flow.

At the current price of 62, Merck & Co., Inc. has a dividend yield of 3.02%. We see a return on equity of 12.50%.

Looking more long-term Merck & Co., Inc., is projected to get an EPS growth for the next five years of 6.21%. In the short-term an EPS growth of 2.86% in the next year is forecasted. This is after a EPS growth of -61.60% for this year and for the last five years a 41.50% growth has been seen.

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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