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Understanding the 1.79% Volatility Levels of Merck & Co. Inc.’s (MRK) Stock in the Past 30 Days

The stock of Merck & Co. Inc. (MRK) has seen a -1.01% decrease in the past week, with a -2.51% drop in the past month, and a 2.72% flourish in the past quarter. The volatility ratio for the week is 1.79%, and the volatility levels for the past 30 days are at 1.79% for MRK. The simple moving average for the last 20 days is -2.26% for MRK’s stock, with a simple moving average of 9.71% for the last 200 days.

Is It Worth Investing in Merck & Co. Inc. (NYSE: MRK) Right Now?

Merck & Co. Inc. (NYSE: MRK) has a price-to-earnings ratio of 22.17x that is above its average ratio. Additionally, the 36-month beta value for MRK is 0.36. There are mixed opinions on the stock, with 16 analysts rating it as a “buy,” 4 rating it as “overweight,” 7 rating it as “hold,” and 0 rating it as “sell.”

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The average price predicted by analysts for MRK is $123.09, which is $10.11 above the current price. The public float for MRK is 2.53B and currently, short sellers hold a 0.75% ratio of that float. The average trading volume of MRK on May 25, 2023 was 7.44M shares.

MRK) stock’s latest price update

The stock price of Merck & Co. Inc. (NYSE: MRK) has jumped by 0.29 compared to previous close of 113.27. Despite this, the company has seen a fall of -1.01% in its stock price over the last five trading days. Barron’s reported on 04/27/23 that Merck’s Earnings Top Wall Street Forecasts

MRK Trading at 1.02% from the 50-Day Moving Average

After a stumble in the market that brought MRK to its low price for the period of the last 52 weeks, the company was unable to rebound, for now settling with -5.06% of loss for the given period.

Volatility was left at 1.79%, however, over the last 30 days, the volatility rate increased by 1.79%, as shares surge +0.15% for the moving average over the last 20 days. Over the last 50 days, in opposition, the stock is trading +6.20% upper at present.

During the last 5 trading sessions, MRK fell by -1.01%, which changed the moving average for the period of 200-days by +28.38% in comparison to the 20-day moving average, which settled at $116.23. In addition, Merck & Co. Inc. saw 2.39% in overturn over a single year, with a tendency to cut further gains.

Insider Trading

Reports are indicating that there were more than several insider trading activities at MRK starting from Zachary Jennifer, who sale 19,141 shares at the price of $117.59 back on May 04. After this action, Zachary Jennifer now owns 35,128 shares of Merck & Co. Inc., valued at $2,250,834 using the latest closing price.

Karachun Rita A, the Sr. VP Fince-Global Controller of Merck & Co. Inc., sale 15,875 shares at $117.53 during a trade that took place back on May 04, which means that Karachun Rita A is holding 45,710 shares at $1,865,843 based on the most recent closing price.

Stock Fundamentals for MRK

Current profitability levels for the company are sitting at:

  • +33.35 for the present operating margin
  • +70.57 for the gross margin

The net margin for Merck & Co. Inc. stands at +24.83. The total capital return value is set at 25.84, while invested capital returns managed to touch 19.91. Equity return is now at value 28.90, with 12.10 for asset returns.

Based on Merck & Co. Inc. (MRK), the company’s capital structure generated 69.55 points at debt to equity in total, while total debt to capital is 41.02. Total debt to assets is 29.30, with long-term debt to equity ratio resting at 64.70. Finally, the long-term debt to capital ratio is 38.16.

When we switch over and look at the enterprise to sales, we see a ratio of 5.36, with the company’s debt to enterprise value settled at 0.11. The receivables turnover for the company is 5.87 and the total asset turnover is 0.54. The liquidity ratio also appears to be rather interesting for investors as it stands at 1.47.


In conclusion, Merck & Co. Inc. (MRK) has seen mixed performance in recent times. Analysts have a mixed opinion on the stock, with some rating it as a “buy” and others rating it as a “hold”. It is worth mentioning that the stock is currently trading in close proximity to its 50-day moving average and its 52-week high.