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

$91.02
+2.09 (+2.35%)
(As of 08/12/2022 12:00 AM ET)
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Today's Range
$88.95
$91.03
50-Day Range
$84.50
$94.96
52-Week Range
$70.89
$95.72
Volume
12.32 million shs
Average Volume
8.91 million shs
Market Capitalization
$230.58 billion
P/E Ratio
13.94
Dividend Yield
3.03%
Price Target
$97.44

Merck & Co., Inc. MarketRank™ Forecast

Analyst Rating
Moderate Buy
2.61 Rating Score
Upside/​Downside
7.1% Upside
$97.44 Price Target
Short Interest
Healthy
0.66% of Shares Sold Short
Dividend Strength
Strong
Based on Four Factors
Sustainability
-2.29
Upright™ Environmental Score
News Sentiment
0.31mentions of Merck & Co., Inc. in the last 14 days
Based on 10 Articles This Week
Insider Trading
N/A
Proj. Earnings Growth
-1.64%
From $7.31 to $7.19 Per Share

Overall MarketRank

MarketRank is calculated as an average of available category scores, with extra weight given to analysis and valuation.

2.68 out of 5 stars

Medical Sector

99th out of 1,135 stocks

Pharmaceutical Preparations Industry

31st out of 557 stocks

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

Merck & Co., Inc. operates as a healthcare company worldwide. It operates through two segments, Pharmaceutical and Animal Health. The Pharmaceutical segment offers human health pharmaceutical products in the areas of oncology, hospital acute care, immunology, neuroscience, virology, cardiovascular, and diabetes, as well as vaccine products, such as preventive pediatric, adolescent, and adult vaccines. The Animal Health segment discovers, develops, manufactures, and markets veterinary pharmaceuticals, vaccines, and health management solutions and services, as well as digitally connected identification, traceability, and monitoring products. It serves drug wholesalers and retailers, hospitals, and government agencies; managed health care providers, such as health maintenance organizations, pharmacy benefit managers, and other institutions; and physicians and physician distributors, veterinarians, and animal producers. The company has collaborations with AstraZeneca PLC; Bayer AG; Eisai Co., Ltd.; Ridgeback Biotherapeutics; and Gilead Sciences, Inc. to jointly develop and commercialize long-acting treatments in HIV. Merck & Co., Inc. was founded in 1891 and is headquartered in Kenilworth, New Jersey.

Merck & Co., Inc. Price Performance

NYSE:MRK traded up $2.09 during trading hours on Friday, reaching $91.02. The stock had a trading volume of 12,317,663 shares, compared to its average volume of 8,914,052. The stock has a market capitalization of $230.58 billion, a PE ratio of 13.94, a PEG ratio of 1.20 and a beta of 0.32. Merck & Co., Inc. has a 52 week low of $70.89 and a 52 week high of $95.72. The company has a 50 day moving average price of $90.09 and a two-hundred day moving average price of $85.71. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.66, a quick ratio of 1.14 and a current ratio of 1.39.

Merck & Co., Inc. (NYSE:MRK - Get Rating) last posted its earnings results on Thursday, July 28th. The company reported $1.87 earnings per share for the quarter, beating analysts' consensus estimates of $1.69 by $0.18. Merck & Co., Inc. had a net margin of 29.00% and a return on equity of 48.45%. The firm had revenue of $14.59 billion during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $13.85 billion. During the same period last year, the firm posted $1.31 earnings per share. Merck & Co., Inc.'s revenue for the quarter was up 28.0% compared to the same quarter last year. As a group, sell-side analysts anticipate that Merck & Co., Inc. will post 7.31 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

Merck & Co., Inc. Dividend Announcement

The firm also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, October 7th. Stockholders of record on Thursday, September 15th will be issued a $0.69 dividend. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Wednesday, September 14th. This represents a $2.76 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 3.03%. Merck & Co., Inc.'s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is presently 42.27%.

Wall Street Analysts Forecast Growth

MRK has been the subject of a number of recent research reports. Daiwa Capital Markets upgraded Merck & Co., Inc. from a "neutral" rating to a "buy" rating and boosted their price objective for the company from $89.00 to $102.00 in a research note on Wednesday, July 6th. Cowen increased their price objective on shares of Merck & Co., Inc. from $95.00 to $102.00 and gave the stock a "market perform" rating in a research note on Monday, June 27th. Mizuho began coverage on shares of Merck & Co., Inc. in a research report on Friday, June 24th. They set a "buy" rating and a $100.00 price objective on the stock. Cowen upped their target price on shares of Merck & Co., Inc. from $95.00 to $102.00 and gave the stock a "market perform" rating in a report on Monday, June 27th. Finally, UBS Group increased their price target on Merck & Co., Inc. from $76.00 to $98.00 and gave the stock a "neutral" rating in a research note on Monday, July 18th. Eight equities research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating, nine have issued a buy rating and two have issued a strong buy rating to the company's stock. According to MarketBeat, Merck & Co., Inc. currently has an average rating of "Moderate Buy" and an average price target of $97.44.

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MRK Stock News Headlines

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MRK Company Calendar

Ex-Dividend for 7/8 Dividend
6/14/2022
Dividend Payable
7/08/2022
Last Earnings
7/28/2022
Today
8/14/2022
Ex-Dividend for 10/7 Dividend
9/14/2022
Dividend Payable
10/07/2022
Next Earnings (Estimated)
10/27/2022
Fiscal Year End
12/31/2022

Industry, Sector and Symbol

Industry
Pharmaceutical preparations
Sub-Industry
Pharmaceuticals
Sector
Medical
CUSIP
58933Y10
Employees
68,000
Year Founded
1891

Price Target and Rating

Average Stock Price Forecast
$97.44
High Stock Price Forecast
$110.00
Low Stock Price Forecast
$85.00
Forecasted Upside/Downside
+7.1%
Consensus Rating
Moderate Buy
Rating Score (0-4)
2.61
Research Coverage
18 Analysts

Profitability

Net Income
$13.05 billion
Pretax Margin
32.40%

Debt

Sales & Book Value

Annual Sales
$48.70 billion
Cash Flow
$7.32 per share
Book Value
$17.10 per share

Miscellaneous

Outstanding Shares
2,533,280,000
Free Float
2,525,933,000
Market Cap
$230.58 billion
Optionable
Optionable
Beta
0.32

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MRK Stock - Frequently Asked Questions

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

18 Wall Street analysts have issued "buy," "hold," and "sell" ratings for Merck & Co., Inc. in the last twelve months. There are currently 8 hold ratings, 9 buy ratings and 1 strong buy rating for the stock. The consensus among Wall Street analysts is that investors should "buy" MRK shares.
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What is Merck & Co., Inc.'s stock price forecast for 2022?

18 Wall Street research analysts have issued 12-month price targets for Merck & Co., Inc.'s shares. Their MRK share price forecasts range from $85.00 to $110.00. On average, they predict the company's share price to reach $97.44 in the next twelve months. This suggests a possible upside of 7.1% from the stock's current price.
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How have MRK shares performed in 2022?

Merck & Co., Inc.'s stock was trading at $76.64 at the beginning of the year. Since then, MRK shares have increased by 18.8% and is now trading at $91.02.
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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, October 27th 2022.
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How were Merck & Co., Inc.'s earnings last quarter?

Merck & Co., Inc. (NYSE:MRK) announced its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, July, 28th. The company reported $1.87 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating the consensus estimate of $1.69 by $0.18. The business had revenue of $14.59 billion for the quarter, compared to analysts' expectations of $13.85 billion. Merck & Co., Inc. had a net margin of 29.00% and a trailing twelve-month return on equity of 48.45%. The company's revenue for the quarter was up 28.0% on a year-over-year basis. During the same quarter in the previous year, the company posted $1.31 earnings per share.

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, July 26th. Investors of record on Thursday, September 15th will be given a dividend of $0.69 per share on Friday, October 7th. This represents a $2.76 annualized dividend and a yield of 3.03%. The ex-dividend date is Wednesday, September 14th.
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Is Merck & Co., Inc. a good dividend stock?

Merck & Co., Inc. (NYSE:MRK) pays an annual dividend of $2.76 per share and currently has a dividend yield of 3.10%. The company has been increasing its dividend for 12 consecutive years, indicating the company has a strong committment to maintain and grow its dividend. The dividend payout ratio is 42.27%. This payout ratio is at a healthy, sustainable level, below 75%. Based on earnings estimates, MRK will have a dividend payout ratio of 38.39% 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 FY 2022 earnings guidance on Thursday, August, 4th. The company provided earnings per share (EPS) guidance of $7.25-$7.35 for the period, compared to the consensus estimate of $7.36. The company issued revenue guidance of $57.50 billion-$58.50 billion, compared to the consensus revenue estimate of $58.10 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).

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

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

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

Merck & Co., Inc.'s stock is owned by a number of retail and institutional investors. Top institutional shareholders include Northern Trust Corp (1.18%), Massachusetts Financial Services Co. MA (1.09%), FMR LLC (0.88%), Deutsche Bank AG (0.86%), California Public Employees Retirement System (0.56%) and Nordea Investment Management AB (0.47%). Insiders that own company stock include Caroline Litchfield, Frank Clyburn, Julie L Gerberding, Kenneth C Frazier, Richard R Deluca, Rita A Karachun, Robert M Davis, Sanat Chattopadhyay and Wendell P Weeks.
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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 WeBull, Vanguard Brokerage Services, TD Ameritrade, E*TRADE, Robinhood, Fidelity, and Charles Schwab.
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What is Merck & Co., Inc.'s stock price today?

One share of MRK stock can currently be purchased for approximately $91.02.

How much money does Merck & Co., Inc. make?

Merck & Co., Inc. (NYSE:MRK) has a market capitalization of $230.58 billion and generates $48.70 billion in revenue each year. The company earns $13.05 billion in net income (profit) each year or $6.53 on an earnings per share basis.

How many employees does Merck & Co., Inc. have?

The company employs 68,000 workers across the globe.

When was Merck & Co., Inc. founded?

Merck & Co., Inc. was founded in 1891.

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

Merck & Co., Inc.'s mailing address is 2000 GALLOPING HILL ROAD, KENILWORTH NJ, 07033. The official website for the company is www.merck.com. The company can be reached via phone at (908) 740-4000, via email at investor_relations@merck.com, or via fax at 908-735-1253.

This page (NYSE:MRK) was last updated on 8/14/2022 by MarketBeat.com Staff

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