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CLOSING UPDATE: Merck and Co. decreased further 0.4% - underperforming 93% of stocks 26 July 2017 17:53 EDT

NEWS BITES - NORTH AMERICA

This is an end of day Alert, produced after today's NYSE market close. It concludes the BSS News Bites intra-day Alert series (summaries below).

Merck and Co., NYSE's 3rd largest pharmaceuticals company by market capitalisation, has decreased 56.0c (or 0.9%) today to trade at $US61.80 and has underperformed 93% of the market in the past month. Compared with the S&P 500 Index which rose 0.7 points (or 0.03%) in the day, this represented a relative price change of -0.9%.

Technical indicators complementing today's significant downtrend:

+ The negative 0.52 MACD (Moving Average Convergence Divergence) indicator suggests a bearish signal.

+ The price decreased 1.3% in the last week and tumbled 6.2% in the last month.

Fundamental measures by comparison with the sector average [in brackets] indicate:

Overvaluation:

+ Price/Earnings of 43.8 [29.8]

+ Return on Equity 9.9% [12.7%]

+ Return on Assets 4.1% [5.1%]

+ Return on Capital Employed 6% [8.3%]

Other Bearish Signals include:

+ As per the Du Pont analysis, Return on Equity of 9.9% is lower than sector average of 12.7%.

Note

Merck and Co. today is at a discount of 7.5% to the 12-month high of $US66.80 on 01 Mar, 2017. It is at a premium of 8.1% to the 12-month low of $US57.18 on 03 Aug, 2016.

Bullish Signals:

Tobin's Q Ratio is 1.8. Compared with the rest of the market the stock is undervalued.

Net profit margin has averaged 16.5% in the last 3 years. This is considered superior and suggests a high margin of safety.

TODAY'S ALERT

Afternoon Alert: Merck and Co. decreases 0.5% - underperforming 88% of stocks

26 July 2017 13:10 EDT

Merck & Co., Inc. (NYSE:MRK) has decreased 33.0c (or 0.5%) today to trade at $US62.03 and has underperformed 88% of the market in the past month.

RECENT ALERTS

CLOSING UPDATE: Merck and Co. decreased 0.3%

25 July 2017 17:54 EDT

Merck and Co., NYSE's 3rd largest pharmaceuticals company by market capitalisation, traded on volume of 0.5 times average today while the price decreased 21.0c (or 0.3%) to trade at $US62.36. Compared with the S&P 500 Index which rose 7.2 points (or 0.3%) in the day, this represented a relative price change of -0.6%.

Morning Alert: Merck and Co. inches higher, resistance at 12-day EMA

25 July 2017 11:24 EDT

Merck & Co., Inc. (NYSE:MRK) has increased 0.1% but fell short of the 12-day Exponential Moving Average [EMA] of $US62.88.

Merck & Co., Inc. (N:MRK)

ISIN: US58933Y1055

PermID: 4295904886

CIK: 310158

CUSIP: 58933Y105

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