2. As of noon trading, Merck ( MRK) is down $0.67 (-1.2%) to $55.03 on average volume. Thus far, 5.2 million shares of Merck exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 12.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $54.86-$55.69 after having opened the day at $55.44 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $55.70.

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 $160.4 billion and is part of the health care sector. Shares are up 11.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate Merck a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Merck as a buy. Among the primary strengths of the company is its solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full Merck Ratings Report now.

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