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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 174411.68. It is in the Drug Manufacturers – Major industry and sector Healthcare, with a current P/E of 34.51, a forward P/E of 16.41 and EPS of 1.83. At a stock price of 63.01 (0.25%) it has a dividend yield of 2.92%.

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 2.54% and more long-term 6.29% 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 -0.85%. For the last month performance for Merck & Co., Inc. is 7.42%. While the last quarter is 12.91% and half year, 23.83%. Finally for the year, performance is 17.74%.

The 52-week high for Merck & Co., Inc., is at -1.55%, and for the 52-week low it comes to a value of 34.40%. The 20-day simple moving average is 5.54% and 15.87% for the 200-day simple moving average.

Volatility for the week is at 1.30%, and for the month it is 1.65%. Merck & Co., Inc., has a target price of 65.47.

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 75.00%. Merck & Co., Inc. has a payout ratio of 99.50%. With the total shares outstanding coming to 2768. The shares float is 2764.14, with the float short at 1.13%, with short ratio coming to 3.17.

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 65.47, reached soon?

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