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

$85.81
+0.17 (+0.20 %)
(As of 09/18/2020 09:11 PM ET)
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Today's Range
$84.94
Now: $85.81
$86.30
50-Day Range
$78.99
MA: $83.73
$86.93
52-Week Range
$65.25
Now: $85.81
$92.64
Volume11.74 million shs
Average Volume10.97 million shs
Market Capitalization$217.03 billion
P/E Ratio20.93
Dividend Yield2.84%
Beta0.45
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. It also provides neuromuscular blocking agents; cholesterol modifying medicines; and anti-bacterial and vaginal contraceptive products. In addition, the company offers products to prevent chemotherapy-induced and post-operative nausea and vomiting; treat non-small-cell lung, ovarian and breast, thyroid, and cervical cancer, as well as brain tumors; and prevent diseases caused by human papillomavirus, as well as offers vaccines for measles, mumps, rubella, varicella, shingles, rotavirus gastroenteritis, and pneumococcal diseases. Further, it provides antibiotic and anti-inflammatory drugs to treat infectious and respiratory diseases, fertility disorders, and pneumonia in cattle, bovine, and swine; vaccines for poultry; parasiticide for sea lice in salmon; and antibiotics and vaccines for fishes. Additionally, the company offers companion animal products, such as ointments; diabetes mellitus treatment and anthelmintic products; products to treat fleas and ticks in dogs and cats; fertility management products for horses; vaccines for dogs, cats, and horses; and products for protection against bites from fleas, ticks, mosquitoes, and sandflies. It has collaborations with AstraZeneca PLC; Bayer AG; and Eisai Co., Ltd. The company serves drug wholesalers and retailers, hospitals, government agencies and entities, physicians, distributors, veterinarians, animal producers, and managed health care providers. Merck & Co., Inc. was founded in 1891 and is headquartered in Kenilworth, New Jersey.
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Beat the Market (BTM) Rank

Analyst Opinion: 3.4Community Rank: 2.5Dividend Strength: 2.5Insider Behavior: 1.0Valuation: 1.3 5 -4 -3 -2 -1 -

Overall Beat the Market Rank

2.13 out of 5 stars


Industry, Sector and Symbol

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

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Price-To-Earnings

Sales & Book Value

Annual Sales$46.84 billion
Cash Flow$6.82 per share
Book Value$10.21 per share

Profitability

Net Income$9.84 billion

Miscellaneous

Employees71,000
Outstanding Shares2,529,241,000
Market Cap$217.03 billion
Next Earnings Date11/3/2020 (Estimated)
OptionableOptionable
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Merck & Co., Inc. (NYSE:MRK) Frequently Asked Questions

How has Merck & Co., Inc.'s stock been impacted by COVID-19 (Coronavirus)?

Merck & Co., Inc.'s stock was trading at $79.25 on March 11th, 2020 when COVID-19 (Coronavirus) reached pandemic status according to the World Health Organization. Since then, MRK shares have increased by 8.3% and is now trading at $85.81.
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Do Wall Street analysts recommend investors buy shares of Merck & Co., Inc.?

13 Wall Street analysts have issued "buy," "hold," and "sell" ratings for Merck & Co., Inc. in the last year. There are currently 2 hold ratings and 11 buy ratings for the stock, resulting in a consensus recommendation of "Buy."
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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 Tuesday, November 3rd 2020.
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How were Merck & Co., Inc.'s earnings last quarter?

Merck & Co., Inc. (NYSE:MRK) posted its quarterly earnings data on Friday, July, 31st. The company reported $1.37 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating the consensus estimate of $1.14 by $0.23. The company earned $10.87 billion during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $10.52 billion. Merck & Co., Inc. had a net margin of 22.20% and a return on equity of 52.94%. The business's revenue for the quarter was down 7.6% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same period last year, the company posted $1.30 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. declared a quarterly dividend on Wednesday, July 29th. Shareholders of record on Tuesday, September 15th will be paid a dividend of $0.61 per share on Wednesday, October 7th. This represents a $2.44 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 2.84%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Monday, September 14th.
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How will Merck & Co., Inc.'s stock buyback program work?

Merck & Co., Inc. announced that its Board of Directors has approved a share buyback plan on Thursday, October 25th 2018, which permits the company to buyback $10,000,000,000.00 in shares, according to EventVestor. This buyback authorization permits the company to purchase up to 5.1% of its stock through open market purchases. Stock buyback plans are usually a sign that the company's board believes its stock is undervalued.

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

Merck & Co., Inc. updated its FY20 earnings guidance on Friday, July, 31st. The company provided EPS guidance of $5.63-5.78 for the period, compared to the Thomson Reuters consensus estimate of $5.31. The company issued revenue guidance of $47.2-48.7 billion, compared to the consensus revenue estimate of $47.33 billion.

What price target have analysts set for MRK?

13 equities research analysts have issued 1 year price objectives for Merck & Co., Inc.'s stock. Their forecasts range from $89.00 to $105.00. On average, they expect Merck & Co., Inc.'s stock price to reach $94.54 in the next twelve months. This suggests a possible upside of 10.2% from the stock's current price.
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Has Merck & Co., Inc. been receiving favorable news coverage?

Press coverage about MRK stock has been trending somewhat positive on Monday, according to InfoTrie Sentiment. InfoTrie identifies negative and positive press coverage by reviewing more than six thousand news and blog sources in real-time. The firm ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative five to positive five, with scores nearest to five being the most favorable. Merck & Co., Inc. earned a coverage optimism score of 2.0 on InfoTrie's scale. They also gave media headlines about the company a news buzz of 0.0 out of 10, indicating that recent press coverage is extremely unlikely to have an impact on the stock's share price in the immediate future.
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Are investors shorting Merck & Co., Inc.?

Merck & Co., Inc. saw a decrease in short interest during the month of August. As of August 14th, there was short interest totaling 11,800,000 shares, a decrease of 13.9% from the July 30th total of 13,700,000 shares. Based on an average trading volume of 9,150,000 shares, the short-interest ratio is presently 1.3 days. Currently, 0.5% of the company's stock are sold short.
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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), Johnson & Johnson (JNJ), AT&T (T), Intel (INTC), Cisco Systems (CSCO), Walt Disney (DIS), JPMorgan Chase & Co. (JPM), Verizon Communications (VZ), AbbVie (ABBV) and Home Depot (HD).

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

Merck & Co., Inc.'s management team includes the following 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)

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 Vanguard Group Inc. (8.41%), BlackRock Inc. (7.81%), Bank of New York Mellon Corp (1.25%), Nordea Investment Management AB (0.73%), FMR LLC (0.51%) and Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Holdings Inc. (0.50%). 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, Richard R Deluca, Rita A Karachun, Robert M Davis, Roger M Perlmutter, Sanat Chattopadhyay, Thomas H Glocer and Wendell P Weeks.
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Which major investors are selling Merck & Co., Inc. stock?

MRK stock was sold by a variety of institutional investors in the last quarter, including Vanguard Group Inc., Bank of New York Mellon Corp, Marshall Wace North America L.P., Toronto Dominion Bank, Bank of Nova Scotia, Thornburg Investment Management Inc., CIBC Private Wealth Group LLC, and Victory Capital Management Inc.. Company insiders that have sold Merck & Co., Inc. company stock in the last year include Frank Clyburn, Julie L Gerberding, Sanat Chattopadhyay, and Wendell P Weeks.
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Which major investors are buying Merck & Co., Inc. stock?

MRK stock was purchased by a variety of institutional investors in the last quarter, including Nordea Investment Management AB, Point72 Asset Management L.P., Sarasin & Partners LLP, Epoch Investment Partners Inc., Ceredex Value Advisors LLC, BlackRock Inc., TD Asset Management Inc., and Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Holdings Inc..
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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 $85.81.

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

Merck & Co., Inc. has a market capitalization of $217.03 billion and generates $46.84 billion in revenue each year. The company earns $9.84 billion in net income (profit) each year or $5.19 on an earnings per share basis. Merck & Co., Inc. employs 71,000 workers across the globe.

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

The official website for Merck & Co., Inc. is 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]

This page was last updated on 9/21/2020 by MarketBeat.com Staff

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