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Today’s Top Gainers in the Market Merck & Co., Inc. (NYSE:MRK) from Healthcare

Today’s top gainers include the company Merck & Co., Inc. (NYSE:MRK) which is in the industry Drug Manufacturers – Major, gaining 1.80% today. In the last week its performance is 2.21%, and 8.00% for the past quarter. Currently, Merck & Co., Inc., MRK has a target price of 66.21, so today’s gain of 1.80% is a significant step towards its target price. The GAP today is therefore 2.29%.

Merck & Co., Inc. (NYSE:MRK), has a market cap of 176875.2, and is based in USA. Insider ownership is at 0.04%, and institutional ownership is 74.90%.

At the current price of 63.9, it has a dividend yield of 2.88%, and its target price is 66.21. This is with a profit margin of 13.00%, and total debt/equity of 0.56. Merck & Co., Inc. (NYSE:MRK) has a P/E of 34.99, as well as a forward P/E of 16.58.

With a current EPS of 1.83, and a forecasted EPS growth for next year at 2.83%,Merck & Co., Inc. (NYSE:MRK) has had a EPS growth for the past five years at 41.50%. For the next five years EPS growth is projected to be 6.22%.

Performance for the year is 29.59%. Since its IPO date on 1/2/1970, the total performance to date is 23.93%.

Volume today for Merck & Co., Inc. (NYSE:MRK), is 20246000, while its average volume is 9805.94. Whilst the total gain today was 1.80%, it did have a day high of 0.58%.

Volatility for this week has been at 1.57%, and 1.60% for the month. The 52-week low for Merck & Co., Inc., MRK has been 36.46%, while the 52-week-high has reached 0.58%.

Looking at its return of investments, which is 6.40%, and its return on assets is 5.20%. Merck & Co., Inc. (NYSE:MRK) has an operating margin of 18.10%. With a sales growth of 0.60% quarter over quarter. Bearing in mind that Merck & Co., Inc., MRK is in the sector Healthcare, its long-term debt/equity is 0.55, and has a current ratio of 1.9 and 1.5 for quick ratio.

So what is the value of Merck & Co., Inc.? Well its PEG is 5.63, and the P/S is 4.48, along with a P/B of 4.08. Meanwhile it has a p/cash of 14.95.

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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