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Morning Trending Tickers: Merck & Co., Inc., (MRK)

Friday February 24th 2017: 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 172.84 B. Since its IPO date on the 01/02/1970, Merck & Co., Inc., MRK performance year to date is 6.96%. Today Merck & Co., Inc., MRK has gained -0.35%, with a current price of 62.97.

Ownership of the company is 0.04% for insider ownership while institutional ownership is 75.70%. The management of the company have seen the company have a payout ratio of 117.50%. Return of assets are at 4.50%, with return on investment at 6.20%.

In terms of debt levels and profit levels, Merck & Co., Inc., MRK is seeing a long-term debt/equity of 0.59. While Total debt/equity is 0.71. With a profit margin of 10.90%, this is combined with a gross margin of 75.90%, and operating margin of 14.40%. Merck & Co., Inc. ability to meet debt levels, with a current ratio of 1.6, while the quick ratio is 1.3.

For the last year Merck & Co., Inc., MRK has seen a EPS growth of -10.00%. A performance for the year of 9.51%. The 52-week high is -5.73%, and the 52-week low is 14.28%. The average volume for Merck & Co., Inc., MRK is 14901997.

With a target price of *TBA, 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 40.34 and a forward P/E of 15.08. Perhaps the more useful indicator than P/E, is PEG which has a value of 6.71. Merck & Co., Inc. also has a P/S and a P/B of 4.33 and 4.34 respectively. For P/cash, Merck & Co., Inc. has a value of 11.33, while it is 102.21 for P/free cash flow.

At the current price of 62.97, Merck & Co., Inc. has a dividend yield of 2.99%. We see a return on equity of 10.40%.

Looking more long-term Merck & Co., Inc., is projected to get an EPS growth for the next five years of 6.02%. In the short-term an EPS growth of 8.69% in the next year is forecasted. This is after a EPS growth of -10.00% for this year and for the last five years a -7.00% growth has been seen.

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