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) pushed the Drugs industry higher today making it today's featured drugs winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 2.1%. By the end of trading, Merck rose $0.79 (1.4%) to $56.77 on light volume. Throughout the day, 8,707,236 shares of Merck exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 12,781,400 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $56.04-$56.84 after having opened the day at $56.09 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $55.98. Other companies within the Drugs industry that increased today were:
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Merck & Co., Inc. provides various health solutions through its prescription medicines, vaccines, biologic therapies, animal health, and consumer care products worldwide. Merck has a market cap of $163.9 billion and is part of the health care sector. Shares are up 11.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate Merck a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.
TheStreet Ratings rates
. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, good cash flow from operations, solid stock price performance and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.
- You can view the full Merck Ratings Report.
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