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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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  2. Open and fund your brokerage account. Complete an application with your personal and financial details, like your ID and bank information. Fund your account with a bank transfer, credit card or debit card.
  3. Search for Merck Find the stock by name or ticker symbol: MRK. Research its history to confirm it's a solid investment against your financial goals.
  4. Purchase now or later. Buy today with a market order or use a limit order to delay your purchase until Merck reaches your desired price. To spread out your purchase, look into dollar-cost averaging, which smooths out buying at consistent intervals and amounts.
  5. Decide on how many to buy. At last close price of USD$79.83, weigh your budget against a diversified portfolio that can minimize risk through the market's ups and downs. You may be able to buy a fractional share of Merck, depending on your broker.
  6. Check in on your investment. Congratulations, you own a part of Merck. Optimize your portfolio by tracking how your stock — and even the business — performs with an eye on the long term. You may be eligible for dividends and shareholder voting rights on directors and management that can affect your stock.

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Merck share price

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Merck shares at a glance

Information last updated 2020-12-03.
Open USD$81.94
High USD$81.97
Low USD$80.82
Close USD$81.45
Previous close USD$81.83
Change USD$-0.38
Change % -0.464%
Volume 6,359,038
Information last updated 2020-12-01.
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
PE ratio 18.0102
Dividend yield USD$2.6 (3.23%)
Earnings per share (TTM) USD$4.528

Merck price performance over time

Historical closes compared with the last close of $81.45

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%

Is Merck under- or over-valued?

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 P/E ratio

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 PEG ratio

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

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.

Shorting Merck shares

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)

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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