For Merck & Co. Inc. [MRK], Analyst sees a rise to $120. What next?

Merck & Co. Inc. [NYSE: MRK] stock went on an upward path that rose over 0.88% on Monday, amounting to a one-week price increase of more than 4.05%. The company report on November 22, 2022 that Merck Announces Phase 3 KEYNOTE-859 Trial Met Primary Endpoint of Overall Survival in Patients With HER2-Negative Gastric or Gastroesophageal Junction (GEJ) Adenocarcinoma.

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In KEYNOTE-859, KEYTRUDA® (pembrolizumab) combined with chemotherapy demonstrated statistically significant overall survival, progression-free survival, and overall response rate for patients regardless of PD-L1 expression.

Merck (NYSE: MRK), known as MSD outside of the United States and Canada, today announced positive topline results from the pivotal Phase 3 KEYNOTE-859 trial investigating KEYTRUDA, Merck’s anti-PD-1 therapy, in combination with chemotherapy for the first-line treatment of patients with human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 (HER2)-negative locally advanced unresectable or metastatic gastric or GEJ adenocarcinoma. KEYTRUDA in combination with chemotherapy showed a statistically significant and clinically meaningful improvement in the trial’s primary endpoint of overall survival (OS) versus chemotherapy alone in the all-randomized patient population at a pre-specified interim analysis conducted by an independent Data Monitoring Committee. Statistically significant and clinically meaningful improvements in progression-free survival (PFS) and overall response rate (ORR) were also observed in the all-randomized patient population.

Over the last 12 months, MRK stock rose by 37.00%. The one-year Merck & Co. Inc. stock forecast points to a potential upside of 1.72. The average equity rating for MRK stock is currently 2.10, trading closer to a bullish pattern in the stock market.

The market cap for the stock reached $275.17 billion, with 2.53 billion shares outstanding and 2.53 billion shares in the current float. Compared to the average trading volume of 8.89M shares, MRK stock reached a trading volume of 9524096 in the most recent trading day, which is why market watchdogs consider the stock to be active.

Guru’s Opinion on 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 $110.35 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 2.10. 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.

Credit Suisse have made an estimate for Merck & Co. Inc. shares, keeping their opinion on the stock as Outperform, with their previous recommendation back on November 18, 2022. The new note on the price target was released on October 10, 2022, representing the official price target for Merck & Co. Inc. stock. Previously, the target price had yet another raise from $95 to $100, while Berenberg kept a Buy rating on MRK stock. On July 06, 2022, analysts increased their price target for MRK shares from 89 to 102.

The Average True Range (ATR) for Merck & Co. Inc. is set at 2.04, with the Price to Sales ratio for MRK stock in the period of the last 12 months amounting to 4.67. The Price to Book ratio for the last quarter was 6.18, with the Price to Cash per share for the same quarter was set at 4.43. Price to Free Cash Flow for MRK in the course of the last twelve months was 32.98 with Quick ratio for the last quarter at 1.20.

MRK Stock Performance Analysis:

Merck & Co. Inc. [MRK] gain into the green zone at the end of the last week, gaining into a positive trend and gaining by 4.05. With this latest performance, MRK shares gained by 8.73% in over the last four-week period, additionally plugging by 16.51% over the last 6 months – not to mention a rise of 37.00% 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 75.88, with the RSI for the last a single of trading hit 79.80, and the three-weeks RSI is set at 72.98 for Merck & Co. Inc. [MRK]. The present Moving Average for the last 50 days of trading for this stock 95.33, while it was recorded at 107.06 for the last single week of trading, and 88.84 for the last 200 days.

Insight into Merck & Co. Inc. Fundamentals:

Operating Margin for any stock indicates how profitable investing would be, and Merck & Co. Inc. [MRK] shares currently have an operating margin of +27.94 and a Gross Margin at +72.47. Merck & Co. Inc.’s Net Margin is presently recorded at +25.24.

Return on Equity for this stock inclined to 38.88, with Return on Assets sitting at 12.52.

Merck & Co. Inc.’s liquidity data is similarly interesting compelling, with a Quick Ratio of 1.20 and a Current Ratio set at 1.50.

MRK Stock EPS

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 11.67%.

Merck & Co. Inc. [MRK] Insider Position Details

There are presently around $205,339 million, or 76.40% of MRK stock, in the hands of institutional investors. The top three institutional holders of MRK stocks are: VANGUARD GROUP INC with ownership of 224,134,448, which is approximately 1.394% of the company’s market cap and around 0.10% of the total institutional ownership; BLACKROCK INC., holding 214,507,760 shares of the stock with an approximate value of $23.26 billion in MRK stocks shares; and STATE STREET CORP, currently with $12.72 billion in MRK stock with ownership of nearly -0.408% 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 1,474 institutional holders increased their position in Merck & Co. Inc. [NYSE:MRK] by around 74,017,204 shares. Additionally, 1,258 investors decreased positions by around 65,255,015 shares, while 378 investors held positions by with 1,754,124,719 shares. The mentioned changes placed institutional holdings at 1,893,396,938 shares, according to the latest SEC report filing. MRK stock had 114 new institutional investments in for a total of 13,926,450 shares, while 108 institutional investors sold positions of 1,899,405 shares during the same period.

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