Analyst Ratings for Merck & Co. Inc. (MRK)

Updated: 2017-07-28

Shares of Merck & Co. Inc. (NYSE:MRK) have received a consensus rating of Overweight from Wall Street analysts. About 30 days ago, MRK was issued an average rating of Overweight.

A buy rating was issued by 11 analysts, 1 gave an overweight rating, 9 issued a hold rating, 0 gave an underweight rating, and 1 issued a sell rating. Over the past 90 days, the number of analysts that are bullish on the stock has decreased by 1. Meanwhile, the number of analysts pessimistic about the company has increased by 0.

MRK was given price targets by several analysts. The most optimistic price target was 75, which equates to a potential upside of 17.76 percent. The minimum price target given was 52, implying potential capital losses of -18.35 percent. Note that investment analysts can be biased in their reporting on companies's ratings and price targets.

Analysts have revised their earnings estimates upwards for this quarter, by about 0 percent on average, compared to last month. This can be compared with the average change in earnings estimates over the past 3 months, which is -1.14 percent. Meanwhile, fiscal year estimates have been revised upwards by 0.13 percent, compared to last month. If we look at the last 90 days instead, we find a net average change of 0.92 percent in FY estimates.

People are often interested in whether analysts were united in the direction of their revisions. Over the past month, 3 analysts increased their quarterly estimates, while 3 analysts made negative revisions. Over the same time period, 5 analysts revised their FY earnings estimates upwards, while 0 analysts made negative revisions to their fiscal year's estimates.

Analysts estimate earnings of MRK to grow at a rate of 156.17 percent. It's possible to gain additional insight about growth valuation of a company by looking at the PEG ratio. A lower PEG ratio is favorable, because that is often interpreted as the company being fairly priced relative to its growth rate. PEG ratios below 1 are often considered desirable, but many choose to perform ratio comparisons with other companies in the industry. MRK has a PEG ratio of 0.26.

MRK has traded between a high of 66.80 and a low of 57.18 over the past year. Today's price is 11.39 percent above the 52-week low, and 4.66 percent below the high. MRK has a P/E ratio of 41.09. Investors typically compare the P/E ratio to a company's peers in the industry. The MRK value stock report compares MRK to some of its peers using value stock charts. The stock has a market capitalization of $169.03 billion. MRK will post this quarters earnings in days, on 0000-00-00.