A Fresh Investor’s Perspective on Merck & Co., Inc. (MRK)

DeLuca Richard R., EVP&Pres, Merck Animal Heallth, subtracted 6,427 shares of Merck & Co., Inc. (MRK) from its portfolio at the rate of $85.09 per share valuing $546,850 on Aug 09. The insider left behind 71,524 shares of the company to its portfolio. Currently, the 1st Resistance Point for this stock is $85.11, with a 2nd Resistance Point sitting at $86.31. Meanwhile, this company’s stock has a 1st Support Level at $83.29 and a 2nd Support Level at $82.67. 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 $83.90. Merck & Co., Inc. (MRK) stock has gained $1.70, or 2.07%, in the past five days. In the last full month, these shares have lost -$1.10, or -1.29%. In the past three months, this stock’s price has fallen by -$0.57, or -0.67%. This year-to-date, Merck & Co., Inc. (MRK) shares have gained $7.49, or 9.80%.

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, Hold % of short-term indicators suggest that these shares are a “ Buy .” Meanwhile, 50% of medium-term indicators point to this stock being a “ Buy .” Looking further ahead, 50% of long-term indicators suggest that this stock is a “ Buy .”

With 2,560,375 K shares outstanding, this company currently has a market capitalization of $217,478,256K. 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 16.09%, a 3-Year Total Return of 44.41%, and a 5-year Total Return of 43.14%. This stock’s 5-Year Dividend Growth is 15.03%, with its most recent dividend valued at $0.550 per share on 09/13/19. Its Annual Dividend Yield is 2.54%, and its Annual Dividend Rate is 2.20.

In the most recently-reported fiscal quarter, which ended in 09/19, Merck & Co., Inc. (MRK) reported earnings of $1.51 per share. Wall Street analysts, on average, were expecting the company to report earnings of $1.25 per share, representing a 0.26 difference and 20.80% surprise. In the previous quarter ending in 06/19, the reported earnings of $1.30 represented a 0.14 difference from the consensus estimate calling for $1.16 per share, which was a 12.07% surprise.

For the current fiscal quarter, which is set to end in 12/2019, 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 $1.17 and the low estimate was $1.10. In the year-ago quarter, Merck & Co., Inc. (MRK) generated per-share earnings of $1.04. If the analysts are correct about the current quarter’s earnings, the growth will be +9.62%.

Turning our focus now to insider trading activity, there have been 2 purchases (38,126 shares in total) and 2 sale (38,126 shares in total) in the last 3 months. In the last 6 months, there have been 8 insider buys amounting to 290,845 shares and 10 insider sales amounting to 299,284 shares. In the past full year, 43 insider purchases were made (involving 1,853,863 shares) and 33 insider sell-offs equivalent to 1,643,953 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 12.66 and its Long-Term Debt to Total Capital is 74.18.