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Merck & Co., Inc. (MRK)

(Delayed Data from NYSE)

$59.09 USD


-0.04 (-0.07%)

Updated May 25, 2018 04:00 PM ET

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Company Summary

Merck & Co., Inc., a leading global biopharmaceutical company known as MSD outside of the United States and Canada, has been inventing for life, bringing forward medicines and vaccines for many of the world's most challenging diseases. Through their prescription medicines, vaccines, biologic therapies and animal health products, they work with customers and operate the countries to deliver innovative health solutions. The Company also demonstrate their commitment to increasing access to health care through far-reaching policies, programs and partnerships. Merck continues to be at the forefront of research to advance the prevention and treatment of diseases that threaten people and communities around the world - including cancer, cardio-metabolic diseases, emerging animal diseases, Alzheimer's disease and infectious diseases including HIV and Ebola.

General Information

Merck & Co., Inc.



Phone: 908-740-4000

Fax: 908-735-1253



Industry Large Cap Pharmaceuticals
Sector Medical
Fiscal Year End December
Last Reported Quarter 3/31/2018
Next EPS Date 7/27/2018

EPS Information

Current Quarter EPS Consensus Estimate 1.04
Current Year EPS Consensus Estimate 4.22
Estimated Long-Term EPS Growth Rate 6.20
Next EPS Report Date 7/27/2018

Price and Volume Information

Zacks Rank Premium
Yesterday's Close 59.13
52 Week High 66.41
52 Week Low 52.83
Beta 0.76
20 Day Moving Average 9,525,584.00
Target Price Consensus 67.40


% Price Change
4 Week -0.54
12 Week 10.04
YTD 5.01
% Price Change Relative to S&P 500
4 Week -2.53
12 Week 8.27
YTD 3.00
Share Information
Shares Outstanding (millions) 2,696.19
Market Capitalization (millions) 159,317.86
Short Ratio NA
Last Split Date 2/17/1999
Dividend Information
Dividend Yield 3.25%
Annual Dividend $1.92
Payout Ratio 0.46
Change in Payout Ratio -0.04
Last Dividend Payout / Amount 3/14/2018 / $0.48

Fundamental Ratios

P/E (F1) 13.97
Trailing 12 Months 14.24
PEG Ratio 2.25
EPS Growth
vs. Previous Year 19.32%
vs. Previous Quarter 7.14%
Sales Growth
vs. Previous Year 6.39%
vs. Previous Quarter -3.80%
Price Ratios
Price/Book 4.70
Price/Cash Flow 10.34
Price / Sales 3.91
3/31/18 30.93
12/31/17 28.61
9/30/17 27.08
3/31/18 12.66
12/31/17 11.85
9/30/17 11.41
Current Ratio
3/31/18 1.42
12/31/17 1.33
9/30/17 1.43
Quick Ratio
3/31/18 1.10
12/31/17 1.06
9/30/17 1.16
Operating Margin
3/31/18 27.85
12/31/17 27.25
9/30/17 26.98
Net Margin
3/31/18 4.31
12/31/17 6.40
9/30/17 11.60
Pre-Tax Margin
3/31/18 14.40
12/31/17 16.25
9/30/17 8.26
Book Value
3/31/18 12.57
12/31/17 12.69
9/30/17 14.08
Inventory Turnover
3/31/18 2.44
12/31/17 2.44
9/30/17 2.46
3/31/18 0.63
12/31/17 0.62
9/30/17 0.57
Debt to Capital
3/31/18 38.81
12/31/17 38.18
9/30/17 36.19