Merck & Co., Inc. [NYSE: MRK] shares went lower by -2.06% from its previous closing of $88.56, now trading at the price of $86.74, also adding -1.82 points. Is MRK stock a buy or should you stay away?

The stock had a rather active trading session with the latest closing, by far recording 5.48 million contracts. Compared to the average trading volume of MRK shares, the company saw a far better performance. Moreover, the stock has a 2.54B float and a -4.64% run over in the last seven days. MRK share price has been hovering between $92.64 and $72.05 lately, and is definitely worthy of attention.

Merck & Co., Inc. [NYSE:MRK]: Analyst Rating and Earnings

Its stock price has been found in the range of 72.05 to 92.64. This is compared to its latest closing price of $88.56.

Stay on the lookout for the next quarterly financial report – the company is expected to release the following results on Wed 5 Feb (In 12 Days).

Fundamental Analysis of Merck & Co., Inc. [MRK]

Now let’s turn to look at profitability: with a current Operating Margin for Merck & Co., Inc. [MRK] sitting at +23.02 and its Gross Margin at +69.22, this company’s Net Margin is now 20.30%. These measurements indicate that Merck & Co., Inc. [MRK] is generating considerably more profit, after expenses are accounted for, compared to its market peers.

This company’s Return on Total Capital is 17.61, and its Return on Invested Capital has reached 11.70%. Its Return on Equity is 20.38, and its Return on Assets is 7.30. These metrics all suggest that Merck & Co., Inc. is doing well at using the money it earns to generate returns.

Turning to investigate this organization’s capital structure, Merck & Co., Inc. [MRK] has generated a Total Debt to Total Equity ratio of 94.06. Similarly, its Total Debt to Total Capital is 48.47, while its Total Debt to Total Assets stands at 30.39. Looking toward the future, this publicly-traded company’s Long-Term Debt to Equity is 12.66, and its Long-Term Debt to Total Capital is 74.18.

What about valuation? This company’s Enterprise Value to EBITDA is 17.39 and its Total Debt to EBITDA Value is 1.76. The Enterprise Value to Sales for this firm is now 5.43, and its Total Debt to Enterprise Value stands at 0.11. Merck & Co., Inc. [MRK] has a Price to Book Ratio of 7.42, a Price to Cash Flow Ratio of 18.74 and P/E Ratio of 24.22. These metrics show that this company has a mixed appeal, and ROI could be a gain or a loss.

Shifting the focus to workforce efficiency, Merck & Co., Inc. [MRK] earns $615,159 for each employee under its payroll. Similarly, this company’s Receivables Turnover is 6.09 and its Total Asset Turnover is 0.50. This publicly-traded organization’s liquidity data is also interesting: its Quick Ratio is 0.92 and its Current Ratio is 1.17. This company, considering these metrics, has a healthy ratio between its short-term liquid assets and its short-term liabilities, making it a less risky investment.

Merck & Co., Inc. [MRK] has 2.56B shares outstanding, amounting to a total market cap of $226.36B. Its stock price has been found in the range of 72.05 to 92.64. At its current price, it has moved down by -6.37% from its 52-week high, and it has moved up 20.39% from its 52-week low.

This stock’s Beta value is currently 0.57, which indicates that it is 1.18% more volatile that the wider market. This stock’s Relative Strength Index (RSI) is at 35.46. This RSI score is good, suggesting this stock is neither overbought or oversold.

Conclusion: Is Merck & Co., Inc. [MRK] a Reliable Buy?

Shares of Merck & Co., Inc. [MRK], overall, appear to be a solid investment option, with Wall Street analysts expecting its price to rise considerably in the next 12 months. This company generates high value from the labor resources and other capital it has available, and while it has heavy Long-Term Debt to Equity, the majority of the metrics point to this investment being highly attractive.