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Merck & Co., Inc. (MRK) Stock Price, News & Analysis

$129.45
+0.19 (+0.15%)
(As of 02/23/2024 08:53 PM ET)
Today's Range
$128.86
$130.24
50-Day Range
$105.36
$129.45
52-Week Range
$99.14
$130.24
Volume
5.18 million shs
Average Volume
7.66 million shs
Market Capitalization
$328.03 billion
P/E Ratio
924.64
Dividend Yield
2.38%
Price Target
$130.12

Merck & Co., Inc. MarketRank™ Stock Analysis

Analyst Rating
Moderate Buy
2.74 Rating Score
Upside/​Downside
0.5% Upside
$130.12 Price Target
Short Interest
Healthy
0.67% of Shares Sold Short
Dividend Strength
Strong
Based on Four Factors
Sustainability
-2.39
Upright™ Environmental Score
News Sentiment
1.03mentions of Merck & Co., Inc. in the last 14 days
Based on 26 Articles This Week
Insider Trading
Selling Shares
$6.55 M Sold Last Quarter
Proj. Earnings Growth
13.04%
From $8.59 to $9.71 Per Share

Overall MarketRank

New Rank-Based ScoringMarketRank is calculated by averaging available category scores (with extra weight given to analysis and valuation), then ranking the company's weighted average against that of other companies.

4.80 out of 5 stars

Medical Sector

47th out of 936 stocks

Pharmaceutical Preparations Industry

17th out of 422 stocks


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About Merck & Co., Inc. Stock (NYSE:MRK)

Merck & Co., Inc. is a US-based multinational pharmaceutical and healthcare company. It was officially founded in 1891 as the US arm of Merck Group, headquartered in Germany. Merck Group was founded in 1668 when Friedrick Jacob Merck purchased a pharmacy in Darmstadt, Germany. The company transformed from a pharmacy into a drug manufacturer in 1827 with the commercialization of morphine and the perfection of the manufacturing process. The company will later gain recognition for isolating and commercializing the manufacture of cocaine as well.

Merck Group sent Theodore Weicker to New York as its representative in 1889 and he quickly began to set up operations. The original investment of $200,000 resulted in a facility in lower Manhattan and the addition of Merck family member George Merck to the project. They began operations in 1891 and were in business as the US branch of Merck Group until 1917 and the onset of World War I.

World War I brought about the Trading With The Enemy Act of 1917 and the nationalization of Merck Group’s US operations. Those operations were repurchased at a government auction only 2 years later with the help of Goldman Sachs and Lehman Brothers, but the split was done. The company retained rights to the Merck name in the US but remained independent. One of many noteworthy achievements in the post-War period is the discovery of streptomycin, which was revolutionary in treating tuberculosis.

In 1953 the company merged with Sharp& Dohme to form the then 2nd largest US drug manufacturer. The merger brought smallpox vaccines to the portfolio and opened a new avenue of research for the business. Since then, advancements in vaccine technology include treatments for mumps and chickenpox. Other notable advancements include the discovery of statins as a cholesterol inhibitor and work in veterinary medicine.

Today, Merck & Co operates through 2 segments and under 2 different names with a headquarters in Kenilworth, NJ.  The company operates as Merck & Co in the US and as Merck Sharp & Dohme outside the US and Canada. The 2 segments are Pharmaceutical and Animal Health. Revenue topped $49 billion in 2022 and employed more than 68,000 people. The company has 8 research facilities near major university systems, including 7 in the US and 1 in the UK. As of 2022, the company had 82 pipeline products in Phase 2 trials, 30 in Phase 3 trials and 3 under review.

The Pharmaceutical segment researches discover and commercializes human health products in several areas of medicine. These include but are not limited to oncology, acute care, immunology, neuroscience, virology, cardiovascular, and diabetes. This segment has 6 blockbuster drugs as of late 2022, with each generating more than $1 billion in revenue. The leading treatments are Keytruda for treating cancer-related immune conditions, Gardisil which is a vaccine for HPV and Januvia for treating Type-II diabetes. The Animal Health segment discovers, develops, manufactures, and markets veterinary healthcare products and services. Both segments sell to healthcare facilities and distributors.

MRK Stock Price History

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Company Calendar

Ex-Dividend for 1/8 Dividend
12/14/2023
Dividend Payable
1/08/2024
Last Earnings
2/01/2024
Today
2/25/2024
Ex-Dividend for 4/5 Dividend
3/14/2024
Dividend Payable
4/05/2024
Next Earnings (Estimated)
4/25/2024
Fiscal Year End
12/31/2024

Industry, Sector and Symbol

Sector
Medical
Industry
Pharmaceutical preparations
Sub-Industry
Pharmaceuticals
CUSIP
58933Y10
Employees
69,000
Year Founded
1891

Price Target and Rating

Average Stock Price Target
$130.12
High Stock Price Target
$148.00
Low Stock Price Target
$115.00
Potential Upside/Downside
+0.5%
Consensus Rating
Moderate Buy
Rating Score (0-4)
2.74
Research Coverage
19 Analysts

Profitability

Net Income
$365 million
Pretax Margin
3.14%

Debt

Sales & Book Value

Annual Sales
$60.12 billion
Cash Flow
$9.04 per share
Book Value
$18.17 per share

Miscellaneous

Outstanding Shares
2,534,020,000
Free Float
2,528,955,000
Market Cap
$328.03 billion
Optionable
Optionable
Beta
0.38

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Key Executives

  • Mr. Robert M. Davis J.D.Mr. Robert M. Davis J.D. (Age 57)
    Chairman, President & CEO
    Comp: $6.08M
  • Ms. Caroline LitchfieldMs. Caroline Litchfield (Age 55)
    Executive VP & CFO
    Comp: $2.8M
  • Ms. Jennifer L. Zachary (Age 46)
    Executive VP & General Counsel
    Comp: $2.73M
  • Dr. Dean Y. Li M.D. (Age 62)
    Ph.D., Executive VP & President of Merck Research Laboratories
    Comp: $3.44M
  • Mr. Chirfi Guindo (Age 58)
    Senior VP & Chief Marketing Officer for Merck Human Health
    Comp: $1.54M
  • Mr. Dalton E. Smart III (Age 58)
    Senior VP of Finance, Principal Accounting Officer & Global Controller
  • Mr. David Michael Williams (Age 55)
    Executive VP and Chief Information & Digital Officer
  • Mr. Peter Dannenbaum
    Vice President of Investor Relations
  • Lisa LeCointe-Cephas (Age 42)
    Senior VP and Chief Ethics & Compliance Officer
  • Ms. Cristal N. Downing (Age 54)
    Executive VP and Chief Communications & Public Affairs Officer

Should I Buy Merck & Co., Inc. Stock? MRK Pros and Cons Explained

These insights were generated using artificial intelligence. They are based on proprietary MarketBeat data, news articles, and custom LLM A.I. algorithms. This analysis of Merck & Co., Inc. was last updated on Wednesday, February 21, 2024 at 12:09 AM.














MRK Stock Analysis - Frequently Asked Questions

Should I buy or sell Merck & Co., Inc. stock right now?

19 Wall Street analysts have issued "buy," "hold," and "sell" ratings for Merck & Co., Inc. in the last year. There are currently 5 hold ratings and 14 buy ratings for the stock. The consensus among Wall Street analysts is that investors should "moderate buy" MRK shares.
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What is Merck & Co., Inc.'s stock price target for 2024?

19 brokers have issued 1 year price objectives for Merck & Co., Inc.'s stock. Their MRK share price targets range from $115.00 to $148.00. On average, they expect the company's share price to reach $130.12 in the next year. This suggests a possible upside of 0.5% from the stock's current price.
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How have MRK shares performed in 2024?

Merck & Co., Inc.'s stock was trading at $109.02 at the beginning of the year. Since then, MRK shares have increased by 18.7% and is now trading at $129.45.
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Are investors shorting Merck & Co., Inc.?

Merck & Co., Inc. saw a drop in short interest during the month of January. As of January 31st, there was short interest totaling 17,020,000 shares, a drop of 18.2% from the January 15th total of 20,810,000 shares. Based on an average trading volume of 8,520,000 shares, the days-to-cover ratio is presently 2.0 days.
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When is Merck & Co., Inc.'s next earnings date?

The company is scheduled to release its next quarterly earnings announcement on Thursday, April 25th 2024.
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How were Merck & Co., Inc.'s earnings last quarter?

Merck & Co., Inc. (NYSE:MRK) posted its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, February, 1st. The company reported $0.03 earnings per share for the quarter, topping the consensus estimate of ($0.09) by $0.12. The firm had revenue of $14.63 billion for the quarter, compared to analysts' expectations of $14.49 billion. Merck & Co., Inc. had a net margin of 0.61% and a trailing twelve-month return on equity of 9.07%. The business's revenue was up 5.8% on a year-over-year basis. During the same period in the prior year, the firm earned $1.62 EPS.
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How often does Merck & Co., Inc. pay dividends? What is the dividend yield for Merck & Co., Inc.?

Merck & Co., Inc. announced a quarterly dividend on Tuesday, January 23rd. Stockholders of record on Friday, March 15th will be given a dividend of $0.77 per share on Friday, April 5th. This represents a $3.08 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 2.38%. The ex-dividend date is Thursday, March 14th.
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Is Merck & Co., Inc. a good dividend stock?

Merck & Co., Inc. (NYSE:MRK) pays an annual dividend of $3.08 per share and currently has a dividend yield of 2.38%. The company has been increasing its dividend for 13 consecutive years, indicating the company has a strong committment to maintain and grow its dividend. The dividend payout ratio is 2,200.00%. Payout ratios above 75% are not desirable because they may not be sustainable. Based on earnings estimates, MRK will have a dividend payout ratio of 31.72% next year. This indicates that the company will be able to sustain or increase its dividend.
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What guidance has Merck & Co., Inc. issued on next quarter's earnings?

Merck & Co., Inc. updated its FY24 earnings guidance on Thursday, February, 1st. The company provided earnings per share (EPS) guidance of $8.44 to $8.59 for the period, compared to the consensus EPS estimate of $8.40. The company issued revenue guidance of $62.7 billion to $64.2 billion, compared to the consensus revenue estimate of $63.47 billion.

What is Kenneth C. Frazier's approval rating as Merck & Co., Inc.'s CEO?

1,343 employees have rated Merck & Co., Inc. Chief Executive Officer Kenneth C. Frazier on Glassdoor.com. Kenneth C. Frazier has an approval rating of 94% among the company's employees. This puts Kenneth C. Frazier in the top 30% of approval ratings compared to other CEOs of publicly-traded companies.

What other stocks do shareholders of Merck & Co., Inc. own?

Based on aggregate information from My MarketBeat watchlists, some companies that other Merck & Co., Inc. investors own include Pfizer (PFE), Johnson & Johnson (JNJ), AT&T (T), Intel (INTC), Cisco Systems (CSCO), Walt Disney (DIS), Verizon Communications (VZ), JPMorgan Chase & Co. (JPM), AbbVie (ABBV) and Home Depot (HD).

Who are Merck & Co., Inc.'s major shareholders?

Merck & Co., Inc.'s stock is owned by many different retail and institutional investors. Top institutional shareholders include Vanguard Group Inc. (9.66%), Charles Schwab Investment Management Inc. (1.45%), Price T Rowe Associates Inc. MD (1.19%), Norges Bank (1.13%), Northern Trust Corp (1.12%) and Legal & General Group Plc (0.93%). Insiders that own company stock include Caroline Litchfield, Frank Clyburn, Johannes Jacobus Oosthuizen, Joseph Romanelli, Kenneth C Frazier, Richard R Deluca, Rita A Karachun, Robert M Davis, Sanat Chattopadhyay and Steven Mizell.
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How do I buy shares of Merck & Co., Inc.?

Shares of MRK stock can be purchased through any online brokerage account. Popular online brokerages with access to the U.S. stock market include Charles Schwab, E*TRADE, Fidelity, and Vanguard Brokerage Services.
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This page (NYSE:MRK) was last updated on 2/26/2024 by MarketBeat.com Staff