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.

Investment analysts gave a few price targets for MRK. The most optimistic analyst gave a price target of 75, implying potential capital gains of 17.76 percent. The most pessimistic analyst gave a price target of 52, implying a possible loss 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. Over the past 30 days, FY earnings estimates have also changed upwards by 0.13 percent. Expanding the time horizon to 3 months, the average change in fiscal year estimates becomes 0.92 percent.

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 revised their estimates downwards. During this time, 5 analysts made positive revisions in their estimates for this fiscal year's earnings, while 0 analysts made negative revisions to their fiscal year's estimates.

MRK has an estimated earnings growth rate of 156.17 percent as forecasted by analysts. People on Wall Street often look at a company's PEG ratio. A lower PEG ratio is favorable, because people typically see that as an indicator of higher growth relative to stock price. Many investors consider PEG ratios between 0 and 1 as preferrable, though it could be better to see where the ratio stands relative to peers in the industry. The PEG ratio of MRK is 0.26.

MRK has a 52-week high of 66.80 and a 52-week low of 57.18. 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 is estimated to release their earnings results for the quarter on 0000-00-00, days from today.