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Merck Reaches New 52-Week High (MRK)

Tickers in this article: MRK

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NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Merck (MRK">MRK) hit a new 52-week high Tuesday as it is currently trading at $48.24, above its previous 52-week high of $48 with 2.6 million shares traded as of 10:06 a.m. ET. Average volume has been 16.4 million shares over the past 30 days.

Merck has a market cap of $143.29 billion and is part of the health care sector and drugs industry. Shares are up 17% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday.

Merck & Co., Inc. provides various health solutions through its prescription medicines, vaccines, biologic therapies, animal health, and consumer care products worldwide. The company has a P/E ratio of 23.7, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7.

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TheStreet Ratings rates Merck as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, solid stock price performance, expanding profit margins and notable return on equity. 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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