S&P 500   4,538.43
DOW   34,580.08
QQQ   383.13
S&P 500   4,538.43
DOW   34,580.08
QQQ   383.13
S&P 500   4,538.43
DOW   34,580.08
QQQ   383.13
S&P 500   4,538.43
DOW   34,580.08
QQQ   383.13

7 Pharmaceutical Stocks to Buy For a Healthy Portfolio in 2022 - 1 of 7


#1 - Merck (NYSE:MRK)

Merck & Co., Inc. logo

One of the biggest stories in the pharmaceutical sector was the announcement that Merck (NYSE: MRK) was able to report stellar results on a late-stage study for its Covid-19 therapy, molnupiravir. The pill, which the company developed in partnership with Ridgeback Biotherapeutics, is likely to be a huge commercial success should it receive emergency use authorization.

This is igniting an intense debate over whether a safe and effective pill to treat Covid-19 symptoms will render vaccination efforts obsolete. For investors looking to 2022, I believe a “both/and” approach is warranted.

MRK stock gapped up nearly 10% on the announcement. But the stock is giving up some of those gains. The consensus opinion for MRK stock forecasts a 15% gain. But recent opinions that have been issued since the announcement of its Covid-19 pill suggest the stock could have even further to climb. Plus, the company reports earnings at the end of October and the stock may receive further upgrades in advance of, and immediately following the report.

About Merck & Co., Inc.

Merck & Co, Inc engages in the provision of health solutions through its prescription medicines, vaccines, biologic therapies, animal health, and consumer care products. It operates through the following segments: Pharmaceutical, Animal Health, and Other. The Pharmaceutical segment includes human health pharmaceutical and vaccine products.Read More 
Current Price
Consensus Rating
Ratings Breakdown
8 Buy Ratings, 4 Hold Ratings, 0 Sell Ratings.
Consensus Price Target
$95.27 (29.9% Upside)


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