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Is this Large Market Cap Stock target price reasonable for Merck & Co., Inc. (NYSE:MRK)?

The company in question is, Merck & Co., Inc. (NYSE:MRK) currently with a stock price of 63.38 (0.14% today). The market cap for Merck & Co., Inc. is 175783.55, and is in the sector Healthcare, and Drug Manufacturers – Major industry. The target price for Merck & Co., Inc. is 64.63. Currently Merck & Co., Inc. is trading with a P/E of 34.66, and a forward P/E of 16.52. Average volume for Merck & Co., Inc. is 9931.04 and so far today it is 3017323.

Performance in the last year for Merck & Co., Inc. has been 9.76%. For EPS growth, Merck & Co., Inc. has seen a growth of -61.60%, and is looking to grow in the next year to 2.32%. More long term stats show that EPS growth has been 41.50% over the last five years and could be 6.23% for the next five years. Merck & Co., Inc. has seen sales growth quarter over quarter at 0.60%, with EPS growth quarter over quarter at 79.20%. The 20-day simple moving average is 7.82%, with the 200-day simple moving average coming to 17.28%.

Since the IPO date for Merck & Co., Inc. on the 1/2/1970, Merck & Co., Inc. has seen performance year to date to be 21.86%. With Merck & Co., Inc. trading at 63.38, the dividend yield is 2.91%, and the EPS is 1.83.

So could Merck & Co., Inc., be undervalued? Well as said before P/E is 34.66. The PEG is 5.56, P/S is 4.46 and the P/B is at 4.04. The P/cash is 14.85, with P/free cash flow at 37.02.

Merck & Co., Inc. ability to deal with debt shows that the current ratio is 1.9, and the quick ratio is 1.5. This is with long term debt/equity at 0.55, and total debt/equity at 0.56.

In terms of margins, Merck & Co., Inc. has a gross margin of 63.20%, an operating margin of 18.10% and a profit margin of 13.00%.Payout ratio for Merck & Co., Inc. is 99.50%. Return on assets come to 5.20% with return on investment coming to 6.40%.

Insider ownership for Merck & Co., Inc., is at 0.04% and institutional ownership comes to 75.80%. Outstanding shares are at 2777.43. While shares float is 2737.97. The float short is currently 1.04%, and short ratio is 2.86.

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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