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Merck & Co., Inc is a drug manufacturers-general business based in the US. Merck shares (MRK) are listed on the NYSE and all prices are listed in US Dollars. Merck employs 73,000 staff and has a trailing 12-month revenue of around USD$48 billion.
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Since the stock market crash in March caused by coronavirus, Merck's share price has had significant negative movement.
Its last market close was USD$74.62, which is 9.38% down on its pre-crash value of USD$82.34 and 14.36% up on the lowest point reached during the March crash when the shares fell as low as USD$65.25.
If you had bought USD$1,000 worth of Merck shares at the start of February 2020, those shares would have been worth USD$760.28 at the bottom of the March crash, and if you held on to them, then as of the last market close they'd be worth USD$854.40.
|Latest market close||USD$74.62|
|52-week range||USD$71.0904 - USD$85.7298|
|50-day moving average||USD$76.8714|
|200-day moving average||USD$78.265|
|Wall St. target price||USD$94.02|
|Dividend yield||USD$2.48 (3.19%)|
|Earnings per share (TTM)||USD$2.769|
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|1 week (2021-05-03)||N/A|
|1 month (2021-04-14)||-2.33%|
|3 months (2021-02-12)||-0.51%|
|6 months (2020-11-13)||-7.98%|
|1 year (2020-05-14)||-6.78%|
|2 years (2019-05-14)||-3.62%|
|3 years (2018-05-14)||25.03%|
|5 years (2016-05-13)||38.49%|
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 28x. In other words, Merck shares trade at around 28x recent earnings.
That's comparable to, say, the trailing 12-month P/E ratio for the NASDAQ 100 at the end of 2019 (27.29).
Merck's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 1.3003. 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$18.6 billion.
The EBITDA is a measure of a Merck's overall financial performance and is widely used to measure a its profitability.
|Revenue TTM||USD$48 billion|
|Operating margin TTM||31.42%|
|Gross profit TTM||USD$34.6 billion|
|Return on assets TTM||10.73%|
|Return on equity TTM||26.43%|
|Market capitalisation||USD$198.2 billion|
TTM: trailing 12 months
There are currently 21.0 million Merck shares held short by investors – that's known as Merck's "short interest". This figure is 15.9% up from 18.1 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 13.1 million). Merck's SIR currently stands at 1.61. In other words for every 100,000 Merck shares traded daily on the market, roughly 1610 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 0.0083% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable Merck shares, roughly 8 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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