Shares of Merck & Company, Inc. (NYSE:MRK) traded in the range of $65.14 – 65.90 in the prior trading session. The current price target consensus sees the stock hitting $69.35 in the short-term.
The company’s P/E Ratio is presently at 41.53. The price to earnings ratio is routinely used by investors and analysts when evaluating a stock.
Investors and analysts may also look to a stock’s current price relative to its moving averages. The moving average is a widely used technical indicator that helps analyze price action. A moving average is considered a trend-following indicator because it is based off of previous prices. Moving averages can be used to identify direction of trends, and they may also be used to determine levels of support and resistance. Recently, shares have traded $2.02 away from the 200-day moving average of $63.14. Shares have recently traded $1.11 away from the 50-day moving average of $64.05.
Keeping an eye on the stock’s current price compared to its 52 week highs and lows may also be important. The 52 week high/low of a stock represents the highest or lowest that a stock has traded in the previous year. Traders may use these numbers to help determine the current value of a stock, and to try to predict price movement in the future. When a stock price gets close to either the 52 week high or low, this tends to draw the attention of investors and traders. Recently, shares of the company traded +18.26% away from its 52-week low of $55.10 and -2.46% away from the 52-week high of $66.80.
Analysts may also choose to examine a company’s PEG Ratio or price to earnings growth ratio when evaluating the stock. The price to earnings growth ratio is a stock’s price to earnings ratio divided by the growth rate of its earnings for a specific time period. Using the PEG ratio alone, a company with a PEG Ratio below one may signal the stock as being undervalued. On the other hand, if a company has a PEG Ratio above one, it may be considered overvalued. A PEG Ratio that hovers around one may point to the company being fair value. The current PEG Ratio for the stock is 2.84.