Company name Merck & Co., Inc.
Stock ticker MRK
Live stock price [stckqut]MRK[/stckqut]
P/E compared to competitors Fair

MANAGEMENT EXECUTION

Employee productivity Fair
Sales growth Poor
EPS growth Good
P/E growth Good
EBIT growth Poor

ANALYSIS

Confident Investor Rating Fair
Target stock price (TWCA growth scenario) $62.11
Target stock price (averages with growth) $66.59
Target stock price (averages with no growth) $52.4
Target stock price (manual assumptions) $56.14

 

The following company description is from Google Finance: https://finance.google.com/finance?q=mrk

Merck & Co., Inc. is a global healthcare company. The Company offers health solutions through its prescription medicines, vaccines, biologic therapies and animal health products. It operates through four segments: Pharmaceutical, Animal Health, Healthcare Services and Alliances. The Company's Pharmaceutical segment includes human health pharmaceutical and vaccine products marketed either directly by the Company or through joint ventures. Human health pharmaceutical products consist of therapeutic and preventive agents, generally sold by prescription, for the treatment of human disorders. The Company sells its human health pharmaceutical products primarily to drug wholesalers and retailers, hospitals, government agencies and managed healthcare providers, such as health maintenance organizations, pharmacy benefit managers and other institutions. Vaccine products consist of preventive pediatric, adolescent and adult vaccines, primarily administered at physician offices.

 

Confident Investor comments: At this time, I think that a Confident Investor can cautiously invest in Merck & Co., Inc. as long as the price is correct and the indicators that I describe in my book The Confident Investor are favorable. Most of the fundamentals of this company are good but there are some concerns. Because of those concerns, I am removing Merck from my Watch List.

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Company name Merck & Co., Inc.
Stock ticker MRK
Live stock price [stckqut]MRK[/stckqut]
P/E compared to competitors Good

MANAGEMENT EXECUTION

Employee productivity Fair
Sales growth Poor
EPS growth Good
P/E growth Good
EBIT growth Good

ANALYSIS

Confident Investor Rating Good
Target stock price (TWCA growth scenario) $98.03
Target stock price (averages with growth) $80.89
Target stock price (averages with no growth) $37.04
Target stock price (manual assumptions) $70.09

The following company description is from Google Finance: http://www.google.com/finance?q=mrk

Merck & Co., Inc. is a global healthcare company. The Company offers health solutions through its prescription medicines, vaccines, biologic therapies and animal health products, which it markets directly and through its joint ventures. It operates through one segment, Pharmaceutical. The Company's Pharmaceutical segment includes human health pharmaceutical and vaccine products marketed either directly by the Company or through joint ventures. Human health pharmaceutical products consist of therapeutic and preventive agents, generally sold by prescription, for the treatment of human disorders. The Company sells these human health pharmaceutical products primarily to drug wholesalers and retailers, hospitals, government agencies and managed healthcare providers. The Animal Health segment discovers, develops, manufactures and markets animal health products, including vaccines. The Company's animal health products are sold to veterinarians, distributors and animal producers.

 

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Company name Merck & Co., Inc.
Stock ticker MRK
Live stock price [stckqut]MRK[/stckqut]
P/E compared to competitors Good

MANAGEMENT EXECUTION

Employee productivity Good
Sales growth Poor
EPS growth Good
P/E growth Good
EBIT growth Fair

ANALYSIS

Confident Investor Rating Good
Target stock price (TWCA growth scenario) $90.67
Target stock price (averages with growth) $76.6
Target stock price (averages with no growth) $36.24
Target stock price (manual assumptions) $72.61

The following company description is from Google Finance: http://www.google.com/finance?q=mrk

Merck & Co., Inc. is a global health care company. The Company offers health solutions through its prescription medicines, vaccines, biologic therapies and animal health products, which it markets directly and through its joint ventures. The Company’s Pharmaceutical segment includes human health pharmaceutical and vaccine products marketed either directly by the Company or through joint ventures. Human health pharmaceutical products consist of therapeutic and preventive agents, generally sold by prescription, for the treatment of human disorders. The Company sells these human health pharmaceutical products primarily to drug wholesalers and retailers, hospitals, government agencies and managed health care providers. The Animal Health segment discovers, develops, manufactures and markets animal health products, including vaccines. The Company’s animal health products are sold to veterinarians, distributors and animal producers.

 

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The German company is pinning its health care hopes on successfully developing its anti-PDL1 immuno-oncology treatment in alliance with Pfizer. That puts the pharmaceutical and materials company in one of the hottest, but also most competitive, areas in health care. And Merck doesn’t have an obvious edge.

Merck’s [stckqut]MRK[/stckqut] first-quarter results Tuesday showed its challenges. Its biggest product, multiple sclerosis drug Rebif is in decline: sales excluding currency movements fell 15.9% in the first quarter from a year earlier, though still accounted for a quarter of Merck’s health care revenues.

Merck has been bulking up in more stable, higher-growth areas with last year’s acquisition of AZ Electronic Materials and its yet-to-close €13.1 billion deal to buy Sigma-Aldrich, the maker of life sciences tools.

At the same time, it is ramping up research and development spending to try to take on more advanced rivals like Bristol-Myers Squibb, Merck & Co. of the U.S., Roche and AstraZeneca in immuno-oncology. Up to 20 development programs could start this year, six of which could form the basis of a registration with U.S. regulators.

Source: Merck Could Struggle to Hit Health Care Heights

The market was generally good last week and should be good this week as well. More concern is on geo-political events that could cause a pullback. There is a very good chance that the week will be flat so individual stock choices will be important.

As always, my thoughts should only be used for educational purposes and any decision by the reader to use this information is subject to my disclaimer. In addition to the disclaimer, the stocks mentioned may have changed value from the time I wrote this to the time that you are reading it; therefore, the conclusions below may no longer be valid. The analysis on any investment indicator is always a short-term thought and just by being in this list the stock already is a long-term Good Company  or Fair Company and made my Watch List. If you are looking for long-term analysis of the stock, you should look for the stock in the company list that appears to the far right.

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I will only be commenting on stocks that are ranked as an "Investigate to buy" and Possible buy" on my daily investment indicator article. The most recent daily investment indicator article is from November 15. Those stocks are:

  • Agilent Technologies Inc,
  • Apple Inc.,
  • ABIOMED Inc.,
  • Autobytel Inc.,
  • Alliance Data Systems Corporation,
  • Allergan Inc.,
  • Akamai Technologies Inc.,
  • AMETEK Inc.,
  • American Tower Corp,
  • ANSYS Inc.,
  • Aspen Technology Inc.,
  • BlackRock Inc.,
  • Broadcom Corporation,
  • Buffalo Wild Wings,
  • Chicago Bridge & Iron Company N.V.,
  • Cerner Corporation,
  • Cummins Inc.,
  • Capital One Financial Corp.,
  • Carter's Inc.,
  • Catamaran Corp (USA),
  • Darling Ingredients Inc,
  • Deckers Outdoor Corp,
  • EOG Resources Inc,
  • Equinix Inc,
  • First Financial Bancorp,
  • Fossil Group Inc,
  • Gulfport Energy Corporation,
  • Genesee & Wyoming Inc,
  • Harley-Davidson Inc,
  • Jarden Corp,
  • KLA-Tencor Corporation,
  • Lululemon Athletica inc.,
  • Las Vegas Sands Corp.,
  • Monster Beverage Corp,
  • Merck & Co. Inc.,
  • Nordson Corporation,
  • Annaly Capital Management Inc.,
  • Priceline Group Inc,
  • Panera Bread Co,
  • Potash Corp./Saskatchewan (USA),
  • Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Inc,
  • Royal Gold Inc USA),
  • Boston Beer Co Inc,
  • Constellation Brands Inc.,
  • Skyworks Solutions Inc,
  • Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc.,
  • Tractor Supply Company,
  • Take-Two Interactive Software Inc.,
  • Under Armour Inc,
  • Ulta Salon Cosmetics & Fragrance Inc.,
  • Yahoo! Inc.,
  • Whole Foods Market Inc.,

Investment Indicator Thoughts

S&P 500
The general S&P 500 (ticker is ^GSPC and the first line of my investment indicator articles). This index has begun to slow down a little this week but overall is positive. As always, smart selection of individual stocks is important.

NASDAQ Composite
The NASDAQ Composite (the ticker is ^IXIC and the second line of my investment indicator articles). This index is starting to show signs of slowing down. It will continue to be important to choose great individual stocks.

Agilent Technologies Inc
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Apple Inc.
Apple Inc. [stckqut]AAPL[/stckqut] had a very good week last week. The stock is curre...
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ABIOMED, Inc.
ABIOMED, Inc. [stckqut]ABMD[/stckqut] has been a bit flat since it gapped up a few we...
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Autobytel Inc.
Autobytel Inc. [stckqut]ABTL[/stckqut] hasn't been overly smooth in its growth but st...
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Alliance Data Systems Corporation
Alliance Data Systems Corporation [stckqut]ADS[/stckqut] has slowed a bit last week. ...
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Allergan, Inc.
Allergan, Inc. [stckqut]AGN[/stckqut] has been growing steadily for the past many wee...
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Akamai Technologies, Inc.
Akamai Technologies, Inc. [stckqut]AKAM[/stckqut] ended the week quite strongly. Look...
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AMETEK, Inc.
AMETEK, Inc. [stckqut]AME[/stckqut] had a complicated week last week with a major dro...
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American Tower Corp
American Tower Corp [stckqut]AMT[/stckqut] had a decent run last week although droppe...
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ANSYS, Inc.
ANSYS, Inc. [stckqut]ANSS[/stckqut] has had a decent run for the last several weeks a...
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Aspen Technology, Inc.
Aspen Technology, Inc. [stckqut]AZPN[/stckqut] has probably stopped its downward slid...
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BlackRock, Inc.
BlackRock, Inc. [stckqut]BLK[/stckqut] had a bad week last week with steadily declini...
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Broadcom Corporation
Broadcom Corporation [stckqut]BRCM[/stckqut] finished the week strong. Has had nice g...
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Buffalo Wild Wings
Buffalo Wild Wings [stckqut]BWLD[/stckqut] slowed down a bit last week after growing ...
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Chicago Bridge & Iron Company N.V.
Chicago Bridge & Iron Company N.V. [stckqut]CBI[/stckqut] is basically moving sideway...
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Cerner Corporation
Cerner Corporation [stckqut]CERN[/stckqut] had a decent run last week but not as stro...
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Cummins Inc.
Cummins Inc. [stckqut]CMI[/stckqut] has been flat for a couple weeks now. I think the...
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Capital One Financial Corp.
Capital One Financial Corp. [stckqut]COF[/stckqut] is not showing a strong buy signal...
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Carter's, Inc.
Carter's, Inc. [stckqut]CRI[/stckqut] has essentially been in a sideways channel for ...
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Catamaran Corp (USA)
Catamaran Corp (USA) [stckqut]CTRX[/stckqut] has seen a slight growth since a major g...
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Darling Ingredients Inc
Darling Ingredients Inc [stckqut]DAR[/stckqut] was basically flat for the entire week...
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Deckers Outdoor Corp
Deckers Outdoor Corp [stckqut]DECK[/stckqut] had a nice week last week but not a huge...
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EOG Resources Inc
EOG Resources Inc [stckqut]EOG[/stckqut] essentially was down for the week. Not a str...
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Equinix Inc
Equinix Inc [stckqut]EQIX[/stckqut] had a strong early week and then went flat. Still...
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First Financial Bancorp
First Financial Bancorp [stckqut]FFBC[/stckqut] dropped last week and its buy signal ...
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Fossil Group Inc
Fossil Group Inc [stckqut]FOSL[/stckqut] started the week strong and then dropped bac...
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Gulfport Energy Corporation
Gulfport Energy Corporation [stckqut]GPOR[/stckqut] dropped for most of last week. Th...
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Genesee & Wyoming Inc
Genesee & Wyoming Inc [stckqut]GWR[/stckqut] had a great run for the past several wee...
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Harley-Davidson Inc
Harley-Davidson Inc [stckqut]HOG[/stckqut] has had nice growth since it earnings anno...
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Jarden Corp
Jarden Corp [stckqut]JAH[/stckqut] has shown nice growth for the past month although ...
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KLA-Tencor Corporation
KLA-Tencor Corporation [stckqut]KLAC[/stckqut] was essentially flat last week. Not sh...
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Lululemon Athletica inc.
Lululemon Athletica inc. [stckqut]LULU[/stckqut] has been growing over the last few w...
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Las Vegas Sands Corp.
Las Vegas Sands Corp. [stckqut]LVS[/stckqut] is playing around with its 52-week low. ...
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Monster Beverage Corp
Monster Beverage Corp [stckqut]MNST[/stckqut] has been growing steadily for 3 months....
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Merck & Co., Inc.
Merck & Co., Inc. [stckqut]MRK[/stckqut] was essentially flat last week and is not sh...
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Nordson Corporation
Nordson Corporation [stckqut]NDSN[/stckqut] has been growing steadily for the past mo...
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Annaly Capital Management, Inc.
Annaly Capital Management, Inc. [stckqut]NLY[/stckqut] has been flat for several week...
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Priceline Group Inc
Priceline Group Inc [stckqut]PCLN[/stckqut] has been going sideways for the past coup...
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Panera Bread Co
Panera Bread Co [stckqut]PNRA[/stckqut] has been growing nicely since August. May be ...
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Potash Corp./Saskatchewan (USA)
Potash Corp./Saskatchewan (USA) [stckqut]POT[/stckqut] has been gradually moving down...
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Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Inc
Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Inc [stckqut]REGN[/stckqut] is very close to its 52-week hi...
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Royal Gold, Inc USA)
Royal Gold, Inc USA) [stckqut]RGLD[/stckqut] has shown growth for a couple weeks but ...
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Boston Beer Co Inc
Boston Beer Co Inc [stckqut]SAM[/stckqut] the stock has been growing nicely for sever...
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Constellation Brands, Inc.
Constellation Brands, Inc. [stckqut]STZ[/stckqut] has been growing strongly for a yea...
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Skyworks Solutions Inc
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Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc.
Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. [stckqut]TMO[/stckqut] has been moving sideways for a c...
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Tractor Supply Company
Tractor Supply Company [stckqut]TSCO[/stckqut] has been growing slowly since its very...
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Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc.
Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. [stckqut]TTWO[/stckqut] has been flat since havin...
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Under Armour Inc
Under Armour Inc [stckqut]UA[/stckqut] grew nicely last week and is trying to get bac...
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Ulta Salon, Cosmetics & Fragrance, Inc.
Ulta Salon, Cosmetics & Fragrance, Inc. [stckqut]ULTA[/stckqut] has been growing stea...
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Yahoo! Inc.
Yahoo! Inc. [stckqut]YHOO[/stckqut] has been growing aggressively for the past month....
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Whole Foods Market, Inc.
Whole Foods Market, Inc. [stckqut]WFM[/stckqut] dropped slowly all week after a massi...
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