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NYSE:MRK - Merck & Co., Inc. Stock Price, Forecast & News

$88.85
+0.10 (+0.11 %)
(As of 12/8/2019 08:05 AM ET)
Today's Range
$88.75
Now: $88.85
$89.24
50-Day Range
$81.47
MA: $85.00
$88.83
52-Week Range
$70.89
Now: $88.85
$89.24
Volume6.64 million shs
Average Volume7.50 million shs
Market Capitalization$226.21 billion
P/E Ratio20.47
Dividend Yield2.48%
Beta0.52
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. Read More…

Industry, Sector and Symbol

Industry Pharmaceutical preparations
Sub-IndustryPharmaceuticals
SectorMedical
CUSIP58933Y10
Phone908-740-4000

Debt

Price-To-Earnings

Sales & Book Value

Annual Sales$42.29 billion
Cash Flow$6.21 per share
Book Value$10.34 per share

Profitability

Net Income$6.22 billion

Miscellaneous

Employees69,000
Outstanding Shares2,545,980,000
Market Cap$226.21 billion
Next Earnings Date2/7/2020 (Estimated)
OptionableOptionable

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Merck & Co., Inc. (NYSE:MRK) Frequently Asked Questions

What is Merck & Co., Inc.'s stock symbol?

Merck & Co., Inc. trades on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) under the ticker symbol "MRK."

How often does Merck & Co., Inc. pay dividends? What is the dividend yield for Merck & Co., Inc.?

Merck & Co., Inc. declared a quarterly dividend on Tuesday, November 19th. Shareholders of record on Monday, December 16th will be given a dividend of $0.61 per share on Wednesday, January 8th. This represents a $2.44 annualized dividend and a yield of 2.75%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Friday, December 13th. This is a boost from Merck & Co., Inc.'s previous quarterly dividend of $0.55. View Merck & Co., Inc.'s Dividend History.

How will Merck & Co., Inc.'s stock buyback program work?

Merck & Co., Inc. declared that its Board of Directors has authorized a share repurchase program on Thursday, October 25th 2018, which allows the company to buyback $10,000,000,000.00 in shares, according to EventVestor. This buyback authorization allows the company to repurchase up to 5.1% of its shares through open market purchases. Shares buyback programs are generally a sign that the company's board of directors believes its shares are undervalued.

How were Merck & Co., Inc.'s earnings last quarter?

Merck & Co., Inc. (NYSE:MRK) posted its quarterly earnings results on Tuesday, October, 29th. The company reported $1.51 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, topping the Zacks' consensus estimate of $1.24 by $0.27. The business had revenue of $12.40 billion for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $11.59 billion. Merck & Co., Inc. had a net margin of 20.26% and a return on equity of 48.16%. The firm's quarterly revenue was up 14.9% on a year-over-year basis. During the same quarter in the previous year, the company posted $1.19 earnings per share. View Merck & Co., Inc.'s Earnings History.

When is Merck & Co., Inc.'s next earnings date?

Merck & Co., Inc. is scheduled to release their next quarterly earnings announcement on Friday, February 7th 2020. View Earnings Estimates for Merck & Co., Inc..

What guidance has Merck & Co., Inc. issued on next quarter's earnings?

Merck & Co., Inc. issued an update on its FY19 earnings guidance on Tuesday, October, 29th. The company provided earnings per share (EPS) guidance of $5.12-5.17 for the period, compared to the Thomson Reuters consensus estimate of $4.97. The company issued revenue guidance of $46.5-47.0 billion, compared to the consensus revenue estimate of $45.88 billion.

What price target have analysts set for MRK?

15 Wall Street analysts have issued twelve-month price targets for Merck & Co., Inc.'s shares. Their forecasts range from $84.00 to $105.00. On average, they expect Merck & Co., Inc.'s stock price to reach $95.64 in the next twelve months. This suggests a possible upside of 7.6% from the stock's current price. View Analyst Price Targets for Merck & Co., Inc..

What is the consensus analysts' recommendation for Merck & Co., Inc.?

15 Wall Street analysts have issued "buy," "hold," and "sell" ratings for Merck & Co., Inc. in the last year. There are currently 3 hold ratings and 12 buy ratings for the stock, resulting in a consensus recommendation of "Buy." View Analyst Ratings for Merck & Co., Inc..

What are Wall Street analysts saying about Merck & Co., Inc. stock?

Here are some recent quotes from research analysts about Merck & Co., Inc. stock:
  • 1. Mizuho analysts commented, "We like shares of MRK driven by KEYTRUDA’s penetration of global markets in multiple indications, which we believe will drive P&L transformation. While KEYTRUDA is growing in dominance, both in the market and on MRK’s P&L, we see MRK as having considerable runway (2028 LOE) to address concerns regarding concentration of revenue." (9/8/2019)
  • 2. According to Zacks Investment Research, "Merck’s new products like Keytruda, Lynparza, and Bridion are contributing meaningfully to the top line. Keytruda sales are gaining momentum with approval for additional indications, especially in the first-line lung cancer setting. Keytruda has strong growth prospects based on increased utilization, recent approvals for new indications and potential additional approvals worldwide. Animal health and vaccine products are also performing strongly and remain core growth drivers for Merck. The company will continue to focus on cost-cutting initiatives to drive the bottom line. However, generic competition for several drugs and pricing pressure will continue to be overhangs on the top line. Rising competitive pressure on the diabetes franchise and products like Isentress (HIV), Zepatier (HCV) and Zostavax (vaccine) remains a concern. Merck’s shares have outperformed the industry this year. " (4/1/2019)
  • 3. Cantor Fitzgerald analysts commented, "We rate MRK 12-month PT of $95. We think there is upside to Keytruda sales estimates. Sales growth across oncology, vaccines, animal health, and select hospital/specialty care products, as well as margin-expansion opportunities, are underappreciated, in our view. Therefore, we expect upward earnings revisions and multiple expansion in 2019+ to drive MRK’s shares higher. Valuation Summary We arrive at our 12-month price target of $95 for Merck shares by using a blend of Base case analyses." (3/29/2019)

Has Merck & Co., Inc. been receiving favorable news coverage?

News articles about MRK stock have trended extremely positive on Sunday, InfoTrie Sentiment reports. InfoTrie ranks the sentiment of press coverage by analyzing more than six thousand news and blog sources in real-time. The firm ranks coverage of companies on a scale of negative five to positive five, with scores closest to five being the most favorable. Merck & Co., Inc. earned a media sentiment score of 5.0 on InfoTrie's scale. They also assigned media stories about the company a news buzz of 0.0 out of 10, indicating that recent press coverage is extremely unlikely to have an effect on the company's share price in the next several days. View News Stories for Merck & Co., Inc..

Are investors shorting Merck & Co., Inc.?

Merck & Co., Inc. saw a drop in short interest in November. As of November 15th, there was short interest totalling 19,860,000 shares, a drop of 7.4% from the October 31st total of 21,440,000 shares. Based on an average daily volume of 8,190,000 shares, the short-interest ratio is presently 2.4 days. Approximately 0.8% of the shares of the company are sold short. View Merck & Co., Inc.'s Current Options Chain.

Who are some of Merck & Co., Inc.'s key competitors?

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), AT&T (T), Johnson & Johnson (JNJ), Intel (INTC), Cisco Systems (CSCO), Verizon Communications (VZ), Walt Disney (DIS), JPMorgan Chase & Co. (JPM), Exxon Mobil (XOM) and Bank of America (BAC).

Who are Merck & Co., Inc.'s key executives?

Merck & Co., Inc.'s management team includes the folowing people:
  • Mr. Kenneth C. Frazier, Chairman, Pres & CEO (Age 64)
  • Mr. Robert M. Davis, Exec. VP of Global Services & CFO (Age 52)
  • Ms. Jennifer L. Zachary, Exec. VP & Gen. Counsel (Age 41)
  • Dr. Roger M. Perlmutter, Exec. VP & Pres of Merck Research Laboratories (Age 67)
  • Mr. Adam H. Schechter, Special Advisor (Age 54)

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

Merck & Co., Inc.'s stock is owned by a variety of of retail and institutional investors. Top institutional investors include State Street Corp (4.53%), Parametric Portfolio Associates LLC (0.45%), Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Holdings Inc. (0.42%), Massachusetts Financial Services Co. MA (0.40%), California Public Employees Retirement System (0.40%) and Fisher Asset Management LLC (0.35%). Company insiders that own Merck & Co., Inc. stock include Adam H Schechter, Ashley Watson, Frank Clyburn, Julie L Gerberding, Kenneth C Frazier, Leslie A Brun, Merck & Co, Inc, Michael J Holston, Richard R Deluca, Rita A Karachun, Robert M Davis, Roger M Perlmutter, Sanat Chattopadhyay, Thomas H Glocer, Weir Mirian M Graddick and Wendell P Weeks. View Institutional Ownership Trends for Merck & Co., Inc..

Which institutional investors are selling Merck & Co., Inc. stock?

MRK stock was sold by a variety of institutional investors in the last quarter, including State of New Jersey Common Pension Fund D, State Street Corp, Orbimed Advisors LLC, Manning & Napier Group LLC, Russell Investments Group Ltd., Nippon Life Insurance Co., Castleark Management LLC and Railway Pension Investments Ltd. Company insiders that have sold Merck & Co., Inc. company stock in the last year include Frank Clyburn, Kenneth C Frazier, Leslie A Brun, Richard R Deluca, Rita A Karachun, Robert M Davis, Sanat Chattopadhyay, Thomas H Glocer and Wendell P Weeks. View Insider Buying and Selling for Merck & Co., Inc..

Which institutional investors are buying Merck & Co., Inc. stock?

MRK stock was bought by a variety of institutional investors in the last quarter, including California Public Employees Retirement System, USS Investment Management Ltd, Menora Mivtachim Holdings LTD., Public Employees Retirement Association of Colorado, Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Holdings Inc., Ilmarinen Mutual Pension Insurance Co, ANTIPODES PARTNERS Ltd and Voya Investment Management LLC. View Insider Buying and Selling for Merck & Co., Inc..

How do I buy shares of Merck & Co., Inc.?

Shares of MRK can be purchased through any online brokerage account. Popular online brokerages with access to the U.S. stock market include Vanguard Brokerage Services, TD Ameritrade, E*TRADE, Robinhood, Fidelity and Charles Schwab.

What is Merck & Co., Inc.'s stock price today?

One share of MRK stock can currently be purchased for approximately $88.85.

How big of a company is Merck & Co., Inc.?

Merck & Co., Inc. has a market capitalization of $226.21 billion and generates $42.29 billion in revenue each year. The company earns $6.22 billion in net income (profit) each year or $4.34 on an earnings per share basis. Merck & Co., Inc. employs 69,000 workers across the globe.View Additional Information About Merck & Co., Inc..

What is Merck & Co., Inc.'s official website?

The official website for Merck & Co., Inc. is http://www.merck.com/.

How can I contact Merck & Co., Inc.?

Merck & Co., Inc.'s mailing address is 2000 GALLOPING HILL ROAD, KENILWORTH NJ, 07033. The company can be reached via phone at 908-740-4000 or via email at [email protected]


MarketBeat Community Rating for Merck & Co., Inc. (NYSE MRK)

Community Ranking:  2.5 out of 5 (star star half star)
Outperform Votes:  802 (Vote Outperform)
Underperform Votes:  799 (Vote Underperform)
Total Votes:  1,601
MarketBeat's community ratings are surveys of what our community members think about Merck & Co., Inc. and other stocks. Vote "Outperform" if you believe MRK will outperform the S&P 500 over the long term. Vote "Underperform" if you believe MRK will underperform the S&P 500 over the long term. You may vote once every thirty days.
This page was last updated on 12/8/2019 by MarketBeat.com Staff

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