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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 -0.16% today. In the last week its performance is -1.28%, and 4.75% for the past quarter. Currently, Merck & Co. Inc., MRK has a target price of 61.45, so today’s gain of -0.16% is a significant step towards its target price. The GAP today is therefore 0.36%.

Merck & Co. Inc. (NYSE:MRK), has a market cap of 162786.57, and is based in USA. Insider ownership is at 0.04%, and institutional ownership is 74.90%.

At the current price of 58.69, it has a dividend yield of 3.13%, and its target price is 61.45. This is with a profit margin of 11.70%, and total debt/equity of 0.59. Merck & Co. Inc. (NYSE:MRK) has a P/E of 35.96, as well as a forward P/E of 15.62.

With a current EPS of 1.64, and a forecasted EPS growth for next year at 1.24%,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 5.10%.

Performance for the year is 3.67%. Since its IPO date on 1/2/1970, the total performance to date is 13.19%.

Volume today for Merck & Co. Inc. (NYSE:MRK), is 3126830, while its average volume is 8910.53. Whilst the total gain today was -0.16%, it did have a day high of -2.09%.

Volatility for this week has been at 1.09%, and 1.25% for the month. The 52-week low for Merck & Co. Inc., MRK has been 32.91%, while the 52-week-high has reached -2.09%.

Looking at its return of investments, which is 6.40%, and its return on assets is 4.60%. Merck & Co. Inc. (NYSE:MRK) has an operating margin of 18.20%. With a sales growth of -1.20% quarter over quarter. Bearing in mind that Merck & Co. Inc., MRK is in the sector Healthcare, its long-term debt/equity is 0.54, and has a current ratio of 1.6 and 1.3 for quick ratio.

So what is the value of Merck & Co. Inc.? Well its PEG is 7.05, and the P/S is 4.13, along with a P/B of 3.72. Meanwhile it has a p/cash of 12.58.

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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