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Merck & Co., Inc (MRK) is a leading drug manufacturers-general business based in the US. It opened the day at USD$81.94 after a previous close of USD$81.83. During the day the price has varied from a low of USD$80.82 to a high of USD$81.97. The latest price was USD$81.45 (25 minute delay). Merck is listed on the NYSE and employs 71,000 staff. All prices are listed in US Dollars.
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|52-week range||USD$64.268 - USD$90.4981|
|50-day moving average||USD$79.452|
|200-day moving average||USD$80.4583|
|Wall St. target price||USD$95.58|
|Dividend yield||USD$2.6 (3.23%)|
|Earnings per share (TTM)||USD$4.528|
|1 week (2020-11-23)||1.46%|
|1 month (2020-11-04)||1.03%|
|3 months (2020-09-04)||-4.45%|
|6 months (2020-05-31)||N/A|
|1 year (2019-11-30)||N/A|
|2 years (2018-11-30)||2.66%|
|3 years (2017-11-30)||47.37%|
|5 years (2015-11-30)||53.65%|
Valuing Merck stock is incredibly difficult, and any metric has to be viewed as part of a bigger picture of Merck's overall performance. However, analysts commonly use some key metrics to help gauge the value of a stock.
Merck's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 18x. In other words, Merck shares trade at around 18x recent earnings.
That's relatively low compared to, say, the trailing 12-month P/E ratio for the NASDAQ 100 at the end of 2019 (27.29). The low P/E ratio could mean that investors are pessimistic about the outlook for the shares or simply that they're under-valued.
Merck's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 1.222. A low ratio can be interpreted as meaning the shares offer better value, while a higher ratio can be interpreted as meaning the shares offer worse value.
The PEG ratio provides a broader view than just the P/E ratio, as it gives more insight into Merck's future profitability. By accounting for growth, it could also help you if you're comparing the share prices of multiple high-growth companies.
Merck's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is USD$19 billion.
The EBITDA is a measure of a Merck's overall financial performance and is widely used to measure a its profitability.
There are currently 13.5 million Merck shares held short by investors – that's known as Merck's "short interest". This figure is 27.8% up from 10.5 million last month.
There are a few different ways that this level of interest in shorting Merck shares can be evaluated.
Merck's "short interest ratio" (SIR) is the quantity of Merck shares currently shorted divided by the average quantity of Merck shares traded daily (recently around 8.6 million). Merck's SIR currently stands at 1.56. In other words for every 100,000 Merck shares traded daily on the market, roughly 1560 shares are currently held short.
However Merck's short interest can also be evaluated against the total number of Merck shares, or, against the total number of tradable Merck shares (the shares that aren't held by "insiders" or major long-term shareholders – also known as the "float"). In this case Merck's short interest could be expressed as 0.01% of the outstanding shares (for every 100,000 Merck shares in existence, roughly 10 shares are currently held short) or 0.0053% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable Merck shares, roughly 5 shares are currently held short).
Such a low SIR usually points to an optimistic outlook for the share price, with fewer people currently willing to bet against Merck.
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