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Merck & Co. Inc. stock has also loss -3.48% of its value over the past 7 days. However, MRK stock has inclined by 1.29% in the 3 months of the year. Over the past six months meanwhile, it has gained 2.98% and lost -1.09% year-on date.
The market cap for MRK stock reached $195.30 billion, with 2.53 billion shares outstanding and 2.53 billion shares in the current float. Compared to the average trading volume of 13.16M shares, MRK reached a trading volume of 13022990 in the most recent trading day, which is why market watchdogs consider the stock to be active.
Here’s what leading stock market gurus have to say about Merck & Co. Inc. [MRK]:
Based on careful and fact-backed analyses by Wall Street experts, the current consensus on the target price for MRK shares is $93.21 per share. Analysis on target price and performance of stocks is usually carefully studied by market experts, and the current Wall Street consensus on MRK stock is a recommendation set at 2.00. This rating represents a strong Buy recommendation, on the scale from 1 to 5, where 5 would mean strong sell, 4 represents Sell, 3 is Hold, and 2 indicates Buy.
Morgan Stanley have made an estimate for Merck & Co. Inc. shares, keeping their opinion on the stock as Equal-Weight, with their previous recommendation back on September 07, 2021. While these analysts kept the previous recommendation, Truist raised their target price to Buy. The new note on the price target was released on July 27, 2021, representing the official price target for Merck & Co. Inc. stock.
The Average True Range (ATR) for Merck & Co. Inc. is set at 1.71, with the Price to Sales ratio for MRK stock in the period of the last 12 months amounting to 4.15. The Price to Book ratio for the last quarter was 5.87.
MRK stock trade performance evaluation
Merck & Co. Inc. [MRK] fell into the red zone at the end of the last week, falling into a negative trend and dropping by -3.48. With this latest performance, MRK shares gained by 7.63% in over the last four-week period, additionally plugging by 2.98% over the last 6 months – not to mention a rise of 1.35% in the past year of trading.
Overbought and oversold stocks can be easily traced with the Relative Strength Index (RSI), where an RSI result of over 70 would be overbought, and any rate below 30 would indicate oversold conditions. An RSI rate of 50 would represent a neutral market momentum. The current RSI for MRK stock in for the last two-week period is set at 48.49, with the RSI for the last a single of trading hit 43.28, and the three-weeks RSI is set at 50.13 for Merck & Co. Inc. [MRK]. The present Moving Average for the last 50 days of trading for this stock 76.42, while it was recorded at 78.47 for the last single week of trading, and 76.91 for the last 200 days.
Merck & Co. Inc. [MRK]: An insightful look at the core fundamentals
Operating Margin for any stock indicates how profitable investing would be, and Merck & Co. Inc. [MRK] shares currently have an operating margin of +26.16 and a Gross Margin at +73.77. Merck & Co. Inc.’s Net Margin is presently recorded at +14.72.
Return on Total Capital for MRK is now 22.39, given the latest momentum, and Return on Invested Capital for the company is 13.93. Return on Equity for this stock inclined to 27.59, with Return on Assets sitting at 8.03. When it comes to the capital structure of this company, Merck & Co. Inc. [MRK] has a Total Debt to Total Equity ratio set at 132.14. Additionally, MRK Total Debt to Total Capital is recorded at 56.92, with Total Debt to Total Assets ending up at 36.53. Long-Term Debt to Equity for the company is recorded at 105.55, with the Long-Term Debt to Total Capital now at 45.47.
Reflecting on the efficiency of the workforce at the company, Merck & Co. Inc. [MRK] managed to generate an average of $95,500 per employee. Receivables Turnover for the company is 6.56 with a Total Asset Turnover recorded at a value of 0.55.Merck & Co. Inc.’s liquidity data is similarly interesting compelling, with a Quick Ratio of 1.10 and a Current Ratio set at 1.30.
Earnings per share (EPS) analysis for Merck & Co. Inc. [MRK] stock
The progress of the company may be observed through the prism of EPS growth rate, while Wall Street analysts are focusing on predicting the 5-year EPS growth rate for MRK. When it comes to the mentioned value, analysts are expecting to see the 5-year EPS growth rate for Merck & Co. Inc. go to 12.74%.
Merck & Co. Inc. [MRK]: Insider Ownership positions
There are presently around $144,036 million, or 75.00% of MRK stock, in the hands of institutional investors. The top three institutional holders of MRK stocks are: VANGUARD GROUP INC with ownership of 225,553,790, which is approximately 0.154% of the company’s market cap and around 0.10% of the total institutional ownership; BLACKROCK INC., holding 187,155,493 shares of the stock with an approximate value of $14.44 billion in MRK stocks shares; and STATE STREET CORP, currently with $8.8 billion in MRK stock with ownership of nearly 1.229% of the company’s market capitalization.
Positions in Merck & Co. Inc. stocks held by institutional investors increased at the end of October and at the time of the October reporting period, where 1,400 institutional holders increased their position in Merck & Co. Inc. [NYSE:MRK] by around 117,514,322 shares. Additionally, 1,070 investors decreased positions by around 113,240,317 shares, while 298 investors held positions by with 1,636,208,748 shares. The mentioned changes placed institutional holdings at 1,866,963,387 shares, according to the latest SEC report filing. MRK stock had 124 new institutional investments in for a total of 16,906,853 shares, while 114 institutional investors sold positions of 4,242,689 shares during the same period.