Wall Street analysts predict that Merck & Co., Inc. (NYSE:MRK) will announce sales of $12.01 billion for the current fiscal quarter, Zacks Investment Research reports. Two analysts have issued estimates for Merck & Co., Inc.'s earnings. Merck & Co., Inc. posted sales of $12.40 billion during the same quarter last year, which would indicate a negative year-over-year growth rate of 3.1%. The firm is scheduled to report its next earnings results before the market opens on Tuesday, October 27th.
On average, analysts expect that Merck & Co., Inc. will report full year sales of $47.76 billion for the current fiscal year, with estimates ranging from $47.40 billion to $48.13 billion. For the next financial year, analysts expect that the firm will report sales of $50.83 billion, with estimates ranging from $47.84 billion to $53.17 billion. Zacks' sales calculations are a mean average based on a survey of analysts that cover Merck & Co., Inc..
Merck & Co., Inc. (NYSE:MRK) last issued its earnings results on Friday, July 31st. The company reported $1.37 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, topping the Zacks' consensus estimate of $1.14 by $0.23. Merck & Co., Inc. had a return on equity of 52.94% and a net margin of 22.20%. The business had revenue of $10.87 billion during the quarter, compared to analysts' expectations of $10.52 billion. During the same quarter in the previous year, the business earned $1.30 EPS. The company's revenue for the quarter was down 7.6% on a year-over-year basis.
A number of analysts have recently issued reports on the company. Morgan Stanley reiterated a "buy" rating and set a $89.00 target price on shares of Merck & Co., Inc. in a report on Tuesday, June 23rd. Goldman Sachs Group upgraded Merck & Co., Inc. from a "neutral" rating to a "buy" rating and boosted their target price for the stock from $91.00 to $105.00 in a report on Monday, August 3rd. Berenberg Bank started coverage on Merck & Co., Inc. in a report on Tuesday, September 29th. They issued a "hold" rating and a $88.00 price target for the company. ValuEngine cut Merck & Co., Inc. from a "hold" rating to a "sell" rating in a report on Thursday, October 1st. Finally, SVB Leerink upped their price target on Merck & Co., Inc. from $95.00 to $100.00 and gave the stock an "outperform" rating in a report on Tuesday, August 25th. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, two have issued a hold rating and eleven have assigned a buy rating to the company. The company currently has a consensus rating of "Buy" and an average price target of $95.08.
Shares of NYSE:MRK opened at $79.83 on Friday. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.94, a quick ratio of 1.05 and a current ratio of 1.32. Merck & Co., Inc. has a 1 year low of $65.25 and a 1 year high of $92.64. The stock has a market capitalization of $201.91 billion, a P/E ratio of 19.47, a PEG ratio of 2.10 and a beta of 0.43. The stock has a 50-day simple moving average of $83.27 and a 200-day simple moving average of $80.42.
The firm also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Wednesday, October 7th. Shareholders of record on Tuesday, September 15th were given a $0.61 dividend. This represents a $2.44 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 3.06%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Monday, September 14th. Merck & Co., Inc.'s payout ratio is 47.01%.
In related news, EVP Frank Clyburn sold 18,876 shares of the company's stock in a transaction that occurred on Wednesday, August 5th. The stock was sold at an average price of $81.55, for a total transaction of $1,539,337.80. Following the sale, the executive vice president now directly owns 99,639 shares of the company's stock, valued at approximately $8,125,560.45. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which is accessible through this hyperlink. Also, insider Sanat Chattopadhyay sold 10,380 shares of the company's stock in a transaction that occurred on Thursday, August 13th. The shares were sold at an average price of $83.01, for a total value of $861,643.80. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Over the last three months, insiders have sold 280,529 shares of company stock worth $22,761,633. Corporate insiders own 0.28% of the company's stock.
Several hedge funds have recently bought and sold shares of MRK. Public Employees Retirement Association of Colorado raised its position in shares of Merck & Co., Inc. by 3.2% during the 1st quarter. Public Employees Retirement Association of Colorado now owns 2,591,741 shares of the company's stock valued at $199,409,000 after acquiring an additional 79,468 shares in the last quarter. State Street Corp grew its stake in Merck & Co., Inc. by 0.7% during the 1st quarter. State Street Corp now owns 117,343,358 shares of the company's stock worth $9,098,570,000 after buying an additional 849,474 shares during the last quarter. Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken AB publ grew its stake in Merck & Co., Inc. by 8.3% during the 1st quarter. Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken AB publ now owns 2,963,475 shares of the company's stock worth $228,010,000 after buying an additional 227,059 shares during the last quarter. AXA grew its stake in Merck & Co., Inc. by 22.2% during the 1st quarter. AXA now owns 2,165,848 shares of the company's stock worth $166,641,000 after buying an additional 393,632 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Tower Research Capital LLC TRC grew its stake in Merck & Co., Inc. by 10,893.5% during the 1st quarter. Tower Research Capital LLC TRC now owns 8,465 shares of the company's stock worth $652,000 after buying an additional 8,388 shares during the last quarter. 73.18% of the stock is currently owned by institutional investors and hedge funds.
Merck & Co., Inc. Company Profile
Merck & Co, Inc provides healthcare solutions worldwide. It operates through four segments: Pharmaceutical, Animal Health, Healthcare Services, and Alliances. The company offers therapeutic and preventive agents to treat cardiovascular, type 2 diabetes, chronic hepatitis C virus, HIV-1 infection, intra-abdominal, fungal infection, insomnia, and inflammatory diseases.
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