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What's in Democrats' big bill? Climate, health care, savings
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Dems push Biden climate, health priorities toward Senate OK
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Merck & Co., Inc. - MRK Stock Forecast, Price & News

$87.41
+0.59 (+0.68%)
(As of 08/5/2022 12:00 AM ET)
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Today's Range
$86.02
$87.53
50-Day Range
$84.50
$94.96
52-Week Range
$70.89
$95.72
Volume
8.80 million shs
Average Volume
8.49 million shs
Market Capitalization
$221.04 billion
P/E Ratio
13.39
Dividend Yield
3.16%
Price Target
$97.44

Merck & Co., Inc. MarketRank™ Forecast

Analyst Rating
Moderate Buy
2.61 Rating Score
Upside/​Downside
11.5% Upside
$97.44 Price Target
Short Interest
Healthy
0.80% of Shares Sold Short
Dividend Strength
Strong
Based on Four Factors
Sustainability
-2.29
Upright™ Environmental Score
News Sentiment
0.36mentions of Merck & Co., Inc. in the last 14 days
Based on 20 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.

2.94 out of 5 stars

Medical Sector

27th out of 1,283 stocks

Pharmaceutical Preparations Industry

4th out of 615 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. Stock Performance

Shares of Merck & Co., Inc. stock traded up $0.59 during trading hours on Friday, hitting $87.41. 8,801,196 shares of the company were exchanged, compared to its average volume of 8,488,001. Merck & Co., Inc. has a 1 year low of $70.89 and a 1 year high of $95.72. The company has a current ratio of 1.40, a quick ratio of 1.14 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.75. The business has a 50-day moving average of $90.27 and a 200-day moving average of $85.41. The stock has a market capitalization of $221.04 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 13.39, a P/E/G ratio of 1.18 and a beta of 0.32.

Merck & Co., Inc. (NYSE:MRK - Get Rating) last released its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, July 28th. The company reported $1.87 EPS for the quarter, topping the consensus estimate of $1.69 by $0.18. Merck & Co., Inc. had a return on equity of 50.02% and a net margin of 29.00%. The business had revenue of $14.59 billion during the quarter, compared to analysts' expectations of $13.85 billion. During the same quarter in the prior year, the business earned $1.31 earnings per share. The company's quarterly revenue was up 28.0% compared to the same quarter last year. As a group, analysts expect that Merck & Co., Inc. will post 7.31 EPS for the current fiscal year.

Merck & Co., Inc. Dividend Announcement

The firm also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, October 7th. Shareholders of record on Thursday, September 15th will be given a $0.69 dividend. This represents a $2.76 annualized dividend and a yield of 3.16%. The ex-dividend date is Wednesday, September 14th. Merck & Co., Inc.'s payout ratio is 42.27%.

Analysts Set New Price Targets

MRK has been the topic of a number of recent research reports. Barclays boosted their price target on shares of Merck & Co., Inc. from $94.00 to $97.00 and gave the stock an "overweight" rating in a research note on Tuesday, April 12th. Morgan Stanley upped their target price on shares of Merck & Co., Inc. from $88.00 to $92.00 and gave the stock an "equal weight" rating in a research note on Friday, July 29th. UBS Group upped their target price on shares of Merck & Co., Inc. from $76.00 to $98.00 and gave the stock a "neutral" rating in a research note on Monday, July 18th. Atlantic Securities upped their target price on shares of Merck & Co., Inc. from $105.00 to $110.00 and gave the stock an "overweight" rating in a research note on Wednesday, July 13th. Finally, 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 research note on Monday, June 27th. Eight 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 stock. Based on data from MarketBeat, the company presently has a consensus rating of "Moderate Buy" and a consensus target price of $97.44.

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MRK Stock News Headlines

3 Pharma Stocks' Post-Earnings Price Moves (MRK)
The health care sector is participating in the S&P's nascent rally, but pharmaceuticals AbbVie, Merck and Pfizer are holding up well relative to the market.
Merck beats expectations, helped by Keytruda sales
Merck is posting second-quarter sales that easily topped Wall Street expectations, boosted by sales growth of some of its key drugs
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Merck & Co. (MRK) Q2 2022 Earnings Call Transcript
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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
8/07/2022
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
+11.5%
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
$7.31 per share
Book Value
$15.14 per share

Miscellaneous

Outstanding Shares
2,528,800,000
Free Float
2,521,471,000
Market Cap
$221.04 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 equities research 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 equities research analysts is that investors should "buy" Merck & Co., Inc. stock.
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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 objectives for Merck & Co., Inc.'s shares. Their MRK stock forecasts range from $85.00 to $110.00. On average, they expect Merck & Co., Inc.'s share price to reach $97.44 in the next year. This suggests a possible upside of 11.5% from the stock's current price.
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How has Merck & Co., Inc.'s stock performed in 2022?

Merck & Co., Inc.'s stock was trading at $76.64 at the start of the year. Since then, MRK shares have increased by 14.1% and is now trading at $87.41.
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When is Merck & Co., Inc.'s next earnings date?

Merck & Co., Inc. 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 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. The company 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 50.02%. Merck & Co., Inc.'s quarterly revenue was up 28.0% on a year-over-year basis. During the same period last year, the business posted $1.31 EPS.

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. Shareholders of record on Thursday, September 15th will be paid a dividend of $0.69 per share on Friday, October 7th. This represents a $2.76 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 3.16%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend 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 3.16%. Merck & Co., Inc. 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 of Merck & Co., Inc. is 42.27%. This payout ratio is at a healthy, sustainable level, below 75%. Based on earnings estimates, Merck & Co., Inc. will have a dividend payout ratio of 38.39% next year. This indicates that Merck & Co., Inc. 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. issued an update on 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 EPS 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. CEO Kenneth C. Frazier on Glassdoor.com. Kenneth C. Frazier has an approval rating of 94% among Merck & Co., Inc.'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 investors include Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Holdings Inc. (0.33%), Envestnet Asset Management Inc. (0.24%), Truist Financial Corp (0.20%), DekaBank Deutsche Girozentrale (0.20%), Robeco Institutional Asset Management B.V. (0.16%) and Sarasin & Partners LLP (0.15%). Company insiders that own Merck & Co., Inc. 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 $87.41.

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

Merck & Co., Inc. (NYSE:MRK) has a market capitalization of $221.04 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?

Merck & Co., Inc. 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 Merck & Co., Inc. 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 8/7/2022 by MarketBeat.com Staff

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