The Best Way To Play Merck & Co., Inc. (MRK) Right Now

Clyburn Frank, EVP, Chief Commercial Officer, subtracted 25,000 shares of Merck & Co., Inc. (MRK) from its portfolio at the rate of $77.73 per share valuing $1,943,183 on May 07. The insider left behind 67,604 shares of the company to its portfolio. Before making a move on any particular stock, readers often pay close attention to support and resistance markers. The last reported price for shares of Merck & Co., Inc. (MRK) was $82.90. Currently, the 1st Resistance Point for this stock is $83.88, with a 2nd Resistance Point sitting at $84.85. Meanwhile, this company’s stock has a 1st Support Level at $82.23 and a 2nd Support Level at $81.55. Merck & Co., Inc. (MRK) stock has gained $1.46, or 1.79%, in the past five days. In the last full month, these shares have gained $5.73, or 7.43%. In the past three months, this stock’s price has risen by $1.30, or 1.59%. This year-to-date, Merck & Co., Inc. (MRK) shares have gained $6.49, or 8.49%.

Analyzing price projection indicators is a helpful way to determine whether a potential stock buy is a wise choice for profits in the short term, medium term, and long term. For Merck & Co., Inc. (MRK) stock, 80% of short-term indicators suggest that these shares are a “ Buy .” Meanwhile, 100% of medium-term indicators point to this stock being a “ Buy .” Looking further ahead, 33% of long-term indicators suggest that this stock is a “ Buy .”

With 2,574,645 K shares outstanding, this company currently has a market capitalization of $215,523,536K. Merck & Co., Inc. (MRK) generates $42,294 M in annual sales, amounting to annual net income of $6,220 M. This stock has generated a 1-Year Total Return of 32.45%, a 3-Year Total Return of 48.33%, and a 5-year Total Return of 40.70%. This stock’s 5-Year Dividend Growth is 15.03%, with its most recent dividend valued at $0.550 per share on 06/14/19. Its Annual Dividend Yield is 2.65%, and its Annual Dividend Rate is 2.20.

In the most recently-reported fiscal quarter, which ended in Mar-19, Merck & Co., Inc. (MRK) reported earnings of $1.22 per share. Wall Street analysts, on average, were expecting the company to report earnings of $1.06 per share, representing a 0.16 difference and 15.11% surprise. In the previous quarter ending in Dec-18, the reported earnings of $1.04 represented a 0.01 difference from the consensus estimate calling for $1.03 per share, which was a 0.61% surprise.

For the current fiscal quarter, which is set to end in 06/2019, the average earnings estimate is $1.14 per share. This estimate came from a total of 4 Wall Street Analysts. Of those market experts, the high estimate was $1.16 and the low estimate was $1.13. In the year-ago quarter, Merck & Co., Inc. (MRK) generated per-share earnings of $1.06. If the analysts are correct about the current quarter’s earnings, the growth will be +7.55% .

Turning our focus now to insider trading activity, there have been 13 purchases (467,187 shares in total) and 14 sale (469,045 shares in total) in the last 3 months. In the last 6 months, there have been 38 insider buys amounting to 1,337,358 shares and 27 insider sales amounting to 1,127,448 shares. In the past full year, 52 insider purchases were made (involving 2,966,401 shares) and 43 insider sell-offs equivalent to 2,821,692 shares.

Moving onto liquidity, Merck & Co., Inc. (MRK) has a Current Ratio of 1.17, a Quick Ratio of 0.92 and a Cash Ratio of 0.40. Looking at this company’s capital structure, its Total Debt to Total Equity is 94.06, its Total Debt to Total Capital is 48.47, and its Total Debt to Total Assets is now 30.39. Looking even further ahead into the future, its Long-Term Debt to Equity is 74.18 and its Long-Term Debt to Total Capital is 38.22.