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How has Merck & Co., Inc.:(NYSE:MRK) performed recently?

Merck & Co., Inc. (NYSE: MRK) is a large market cap stock with a market cap of 175950.19. It is in the Drug Manufacturers – Major industry and sector Healthcare, with a current P/E of 34.69, a forward P/E of 16.54 and EPS of 1.83. At a stock price of 63.6 (0.39%) it has a dividend yield of 2.90%.

EPS growth for the last five years have been 41.50%, more recently this last year it has grown by -61.60%. The next year growth is going to be about 2.32% and more long-term 6.23% after five years. EPS growth quarter over quarter is 79.20%. Sales growth for the past five years have been -3.00% and sales growth quarter over quarter is 0.60%.

For performance, Merck & Co., Inc. the past week has seen a gain of -0.80%. For the last month performance for Merck & Co., Inc. is 6.20%. While the last quarter is 18.54% and half year, 31.40%. Finally for the year, performance is 11.13%.

The 52-week high for Merck & Co., Inc., is at -0.63%, and for the 52-week low it comes to a value of 44.02%. The 20-day simple moving average is 8.94% and 18.00% for the 200-day simple moving average.

Volatility for the week is at 1.47%, and for the month it is 1.69%. Merck & Co., Inc., has a target price of 64.63.

In terms of debt, long term debt/equity is 0.55, and for total debt/equity Merck & Co., Inc. has 0.56. The gross margin is 63.20%, while operating margin is 18.10%, the profit margin is 13.00%. The current ratio is 1.9 and the quick ratio is 1.5.

Insider ownership is at 0.04%, with instituitional ownership at 75.80%. Merck & Co., Inc. has a payout ratio of 99.50%. With the total shares outstanding coming to 2777.43. The shares float is 2737.97, with the float short at 1.04%, with short ratio coming to 2.83.

In terms of returns, the return on assets see Merck & Co., Inc., get 5.20%, with its returns on investment at 6.40%. Return on equity is 11.60%. So will the investors see the target price of 64.63, reached soon?

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