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GuruFocus Financial Strength Rank measures how strong a company’s financial situation is. It is based on these factors

1. The debt burden that the company has as measured by its Interest coverage (current year).
2. Debt to revenue ratio. The lower, the better
3. Altman Z-score.

A company ranks high with financial strength is likely to withstand any business slowdowns and recessions.

Financial Strength : 7/10

vs
industry
vs
history
Cash to Debt 0.52
MRK's Cash to Debt is ranked higher than
60% of the 922 Companies
in the Global Drug Manufacturers - Major industry.

( Industry Median: 1.48 vs. MRK: 0.52 )
MRK' s 10-Year Cash to Debt Range
Min: 0.32   Max: 2.45
Current: 0.52

0.32
2.45
Equity to Asset 0.44
MRK's Equity to Asset is ranked higher than
57% of the 830 Companies
in the Global Drug Manufacturers - Major industry.

( Industry Median: 0.59 vs. MRK: 0.44 )
MRK' s 10-Year Equity to Asset Range
Min: 0.34   Max: 0.53
Current: 0.44

0.34
0.53
Interest Coverage 7.94
MRK's Interest Coverage is ranked higher than
56% of the 556 Companies
in the Global Drug Manufacturers - Major industry.

( Industry Median: 160.63 vs. MRK: 7.94 )
MRK' s 10-Year Interest Coverage Range
Min: 4.14   Max: 44.62
Current: 7.94

4.14
44.62
F-Score: 6
Z-Score: 3.14
M-Score: -2.93
WACC vs ROIC
5.58%
9.20%
WACC
ROIC
GuruFocus Profitability Rank ranks how profitable a company is and how likely the company’s business will stay that way. It is based on these factors:

1. Operating Margin
2. Trend of the Operating Margin (5-year average). The company with an uptrend profit margin has a higher rank.
••3. Consistency of the profitability
4. Piotroski F-Score
5. Predictability Rank•

The maximum rank is 10. A rank of 7 or higher means a higher profitability and may stay that way. A rank of 3 or lower indicates that the company has had trouble to make a profit.

Profitability Rank is not directly related to the Financial Strength Rank. But if a company is consistently profitable, its financial strength will be stronger.

Profitability & Growth : 7/10

vs
industry
vs
history
Operating margin (%) 13.42
MRK's Operating margin (%) is ranked higher than
82% of the 872 Companies
in the Global Drug Manufacturers - Major industry.

( Industry Median: 10.26 vs. MRK: 13.42 )
MRK' s 10-Year Operating margin (%) Range
Min: 6.43   Max: 43.77
Current: 13.42

6.43
43.77
Net-margin (%) 28.22
MRK's Net-margin (%) is ranked higher than
96% of the 872 Companies
in the Global Drug Manufacturers - Major industry.

( Industry Median: 7.53 vs. MRK: 28.22 )
MRK' s 10-Year Net-margin (%) Range
Min: 1.87   Max: 47.03
Current: 28.22

1.87
47.03
ROE (%) 29.71
MRK's ROE (%) is ranked higher than
97% of the 891 Companies
in the Global Drug Manufacturers - Major industry.

( Industry Median: 6.74 vs. MRK: 29.71 )
MRK' s 10-Year ROE (%) Range
Min: 1.52   Max: 48.6
Current: 29.71

1.52
48.6
ROA (%) 13.75
MRK's ROA (%) is ranked higher than
95% of the 926 Companies
in the Global Drug Manufacturers - Major industry.

( Industry Median: 3.79 vs. MRK: 13.75 )
MRK' s 10-Year ROA (%) Range
Min: 0.79   Max: 18.45
Current: 13.75

0.79
18.45
ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) 34.22
MRK's ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) is ranked higher than
89% of the 921 Companies
in the Global Drug Manufacturers - Major industry.

( Industry Median: 14.01 vs. MRK: 34.22 )
MRK' s 10-Year ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) Range
Min: 13.1   Max: 123.42
Current: 34.22

13.1
123.42
Revenue Growth (3Y)(%) -0.10
MRK's Revenue Growth (3Y)(%) is ranked higher than
63% of the 733 Companies
in the Global Drug Manufacturers - Major industry.

( Industry Median: 4.60 vs. MRK: -0.10 )
MRK' s 10-Year Revenue Growth (3Y)(%) Range
Min: -16.5   Max: 21.5
Current: -0.1

-16.5
21.5
EBITDA Growth (3Y)(%) 12.60
MRK's EBITDA Growth (3Y)(%) is ranked higher than
81% of the 677 Companies
in the Global Drug Manufacturers - Major industry.

( Industry Median: 5.10 vs. MRK: 12.60 )
MRK' s 10-Year EBITDA Growth (3Y)(%) Range
Min: -17.6   Max: 44.7
Current: 12.6

-17.6
44.7
EPS Growth (3Y)(%) 73.80
MRK's EPS Growth (3Y)(%) is ranked higher than
97% of the 656 Companies
in the Global Drug Manufacturers - Major industry.

( Industry Median: 6.00 vs. MRK: 73.80 )
MRK' s 10-Year EPS Growth (3Y)(%) Range
Min: -42.7   Max: 73.8
Current: 73.8

-42.7
73.8
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Financials


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Cash & Debt
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Guru Trades

Q1 2014

MRK Guru Trades in Q1 2014

Joel Greenblatt 3,567 sh (New)
David Dreman 4,431 sh (New)
Steven Cohen 705,823 sh (New)
Paul Tudor Jones 5,035 sh (New)
Jean-Marie Eveillard 2,236,839 sh (+15820.6%)
Ruane Cunniff 4,409 sh (+8.2%)
Pioneer Investments 2,345,288 sh (+6.06%)
Signature Select Canadian Fund 299,500 sh (+2.85%)
RS Investment Management 1,668,798 sh (+2.15%)
Robert Bruce 261,500 sh (unchged)
Prem Watsa 12,000 sh (unchged)
Richard Snow 5,410 sh (unchged)
Brian Rogers 6,625,700 sh (unchged)
Tom Russo 4,536 sh (unchged)
John Hussman Sold Out
John Buckingham Sold Out
HOTCHKIS & WILEY Sold Out
Bill Nygren Sold Out
George Soros Sold Out
Louis Moore Bacon Sold Out
Murray Stahl 48,051 sh (-0.04%)
Charles Brandes 2,451,125 sh (-1.01%)
Vanguard Health Care Fund 35,616,848 sh (-2.58%)
Jeff Auxier 164,199 sh (-3.89%)
Bill Frels 114,212 sh (-12.58%)
Manning & Napier Advisors, Inc 353,494 sh (-13.61%)
Mario Gabelli 160,316 sh (-18.07%)
Dodge & Cox 39,959,196 sh (-18.11%)
James Barrow 22,739,030 sh (-22.72%)
NWQ Managers 93,255 sh (-24.63%)
Ken Fisher 725,058 sh (-39.48%)
Irving Kahn 1,128,415 sh (-55.32%)
Jeremy Grantham 2,519,078 sh (-73.94%)
Jim Simons 196,200 sh (-90.28%)
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Q2 2014

MRK Guru Trades in Q2 2014

George Soros 86,800 sh (New)
Joel Greenblatt 126,844 sh (+3456.04%)
Ken Fisher 6,464,243 sh (+791.55%)
Jim Simons 795,534 sh (+305.47%)
Paul Tudor Jones 13,266 sh (+163.48%)
Pioneer Investments 4,256,501 sh (+81.49%)
Manning & Napier Advisors, Inc 380,192 sh (+7.55%)
Ruane Cunniff 4,609 sh (+4.54%)
Murray Stahl 48,271 sh (+0.46%)
James Barrow 22,793,207 sh (+0.24%)
Richard Snow 5,410 sh (unchged)
Brian Rogers 6,625,700 sh (unchged)
Steven Cohen 17,200 sh (unchged)
Robert Bruce 261,500 sh (unchged)
Mario Gabelli 160,316 sh (unchged)
Prem Watsa 12,000 sh (unchged)
David Dreman Sold Out
Charles Brandes 2,434,531 sh (-0.68%)
Irving Kahn 1,120,074 sh (-0.74%)
Tom Russo 4,386 sh (-3.31%)
Vanguard Health Care Fund 33,889,948 sh (-4.85%)
Bill Frels 107,546 sh (-5.84%)
Jeff Auxier 149,734 sh (-8.81%)
NWQ Managers 84,311 sh (-9.59%)
Dodge & Cox 35,960,137 sh (-10.01%)
Jean-Marie Eveillard 1,755,082 sh (-21.54%)
RS Investment Management 861,075 sh (-48.4%)
Jeremy Grantham 340,971 sh (-86.46%)
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Q3 2014

MRK Guru Trades in Q3 2014

Ray Dalio 14,141 sh (New)
Stanley Druckenmiller 329,600 sh (New)
Steven Cohen 321,100 sh (+1766.86%)
Joel Greenblatt 536,550 sh (+323%)
Paul Tudor Jones 31,725 sh (+139.15%)
Ruane Cunniff 4,784 sh (+3.8%)
Mario Gabelli 162,706 sh (+1.49%)
Robert Bruce 265,000 sh (+1.34%)
Ken Fisher 6,533,475 sh (+1.07%)
Prem Watsa 12,000 sh (unchged)
RS Investment Management 861,075 sh (unchged)
Pioneer Investments 4,327,974 sh (unchged)
Brian Rogers 6,625,700 sh (unchged)
George Soros Sold Out
James Barrow 22,769,088 sh (-0.11%)
NWQ Managers 83,811 sh (-0.59%)
Richard Snow 5,375 sh (-0.65%)
Manning & Napier Advisors, Inc 377,389 sh (-0.74%)
Bill Frels 106,735 sh (-0.75%)
Irving Kahn 1,109,189 sh (-0.97%)
Jim Simons 787,634 sh (-0.99%)
Tom Russo 4,336 sh (-1.14%)
Vanguard Health Care Fund 33,420,748 sh (-1.38%)
Jeff Auxier 147,484 sh (-1.5%)
Dodge & Cox 35,057,668 sh (-2.51%)
Murray Stahl 46,821 sh (-3%)
Charles Brandes 2,320,288 sh (-4.69%)
Jean-Marie Eveillard 1,083,826 sh (-38.25%)
Signature Select Canadian Fund 163,400 sh (-45.44%)
Jeremy Grantham 118,890 sh (-65.13%)
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Q4 2014

MRK Guru Trades in Q4 2014

PRIMECAP Management 700,000 sh (New)
Joel Greenblatt 1,045,652 sh (+94.88%)
Paul Tudor Jones 53,076 sh (+67.3%)
Ray Dalio 20,541 sh (+45.26%)
Vanguard Health Care Fund 35,788,048 sh (+7.08%)
Manning & Napier Advisors, Inc 399,235 sh (+5.79%)
Ken Fisher 6,640,510 sh (+1.64%)
Bill Frels 107,684 sh (+0.89%)
James Barrow 22,856,934 sh (+0.39%)
NWQ Managers 83,828 sh (+0.02%)
Brian Rogers 6,625,700 sh (unchged)
Prem Watsa 12,000 sh (unchged)
Ruane Cunniff 4,784 sh (unchged)
Richard Snow 5,375 sh (unchged)
Tom Russo 4,336 sh (unchged)
Stanley Druckenmiller Sold Out
Murray Stahl 46,801 sh (-0.04%)
Jeff Auxier 147,334 sh (-0.1%)
Charles Brandes 2,306,840 sh (-0.58%)
Robert Bruce 259,400 sh (-2.11%)
Steven Cohen 311,600 sh (-2.96%)
Dodge & Cox 33,616,093 sh (-4.11%)
Irving Kahn 1,052,807 sh (-5.08%)
Mario Gabelli 144,408 sh (-11.25%)
RS Investment Management 674,675 sh (-21.65%)
Pioneer Investments 3,201,729 sh (-26.02%)
Jim Simons 575,624 sh (-26.92%)
Jeremy Grantham 13,022 sh (-89.05%)
Jean-Marie Eveillard 9,050 sh (-99.16%)
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Insider Trades

Latest Guru Trades with MRK

(List those with share number changes of more than 20%, or impact to portfolio more than 0.1%)

GuruDate Trades Impact to Portfolio Price Range * (?) Current Price Change from Average Current Shares
Irving Kahn 2014-12-31 Reduce -5.08%0.54%$53.43 - $61.88 $ 58.961%1052807
Vanguard Health Care Fund 2014-12-31 Add 7.08%0.32%$53.43 - $61.88 $ 58.961%35788048
Joel Greenblatt 2014-12-31 Add 94.88%0.23%$53.43 - $61.88 $ 58.961%1045652
Jean-Marie Eveillard 2014-12-31 Reduce -99.16%0.16%$53.43 - $61.88 $ 58.961%9050
PRIMECAP Management 2014-12-31 New Buy0.04%$53.43 - $61.88 $ 58.961%700000
Ray Dalio 2014-12-31 Add 45.26%$53.43 - $61.88 $ 58.961%20541
Joel Greenblatt 2014-09-30 Add 323%0.24%$55.64 - $61.18 $ 58.960%536550
Jean-Marie Eveillard 2014-09-30 Reduce -38.25%0.1%$55.64 - $61.18 $ 58.960%1083826
George Soros 2014-09-30 Sold Out 0.04%$55.64 - $61.18 $ 58.960%0
Ray Dalio 2014-09-30 New Buy0.01%$55.64 - $61.18 $ 58.960%14141
Ken Fisher 2014-06-30 Add 791.55%0.7%$54.83 - $59.62 $ 58.963%6464243
Vanguard Health Care Fund 2014-06-30 Reduce -4.85%0.28%$54.83 - $59.62 $ 58.963%33889948
Dodge & Cox 2014-06-30 Reduce -10.01%0.23%$54.83 - $59.62 $ 58.963%35960137
Joel Greenblatt 2014-06-30 Add 3456.04%0.09%$54.83 - $59.62 $ 58.963%126844
Jean-Marie Eveillard 2014-06-30 Reduce -21.54%0.07%$54.83 - $59.62 $ 58.963%1755082
George Soros 2014-06-30 New Buy0.04%$54.83 - $59.62 $ 58.963%86800
David Dreman 2014-06-30 Sold Out 0.02%$54.83 - $59.62 $ 58.963%0
Irving Kahn 2014-03-31 Reduce -55.32%2.88%$49.49 - $57.47 $ 58.969%1128415
Bill Nygren 2014-03-31 Sold Out 0.69%$49.49 - $57.47 $ 58.969%0
James Barrow 2014-03-31 Reduce -22.72%0.48%$49.49 - $57.47 $ 58.969%22739030
Dodge & Cox 2014-03-31 Reduce -18.11%0.45%$49.49 - $57.47 $ 58.969%39959196
Jean-Marie Eveillard 2014-03-31 Add 15820.6%0.34%$49.49 - $57.47 $ 58.969%2236839
HOTCHKIS & WILEY 2014-03-31 Sold Out 0.22%$49.49 - $57.47 $ 58.969%0
Vanguard Health Care Fund 2014-03-31 Reduce -2.58%0.15%$49.49 - $57.47 $ 58.969%35616848
Ken Fisher 2014-03-31 Reduce -39.48%0.06%$49.49 - $57.47 $ 58.969%725058
George Soros 2014-03-31 Sold Out 0.06%$49.49 - $57.47 $ 58.969%0
David Dreman 2014-03-31 New Buy0.02%$49.49 - $57.47 $ 58.969%4431
John Hussman 2014-03-31 Sold Out 0.01%$49.49 - $57.47 $ 58.969%0
NWQ Managers 2014-03-31 Reduce -24.63%0.01%$49.49 - $57.47 $ 58.969%93255
Joel Greenblatt 2014-03-31 New Buy$49.49 - $57.47 $ 58.969%3567
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Guru Investment Theses on Merck & Co Inc

Bill Nygren Comments on Merck - Apr 10, 2014

We eliminated our position in Merck (MRK) as the shares appreciated to our estimate of fair value.

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Ratios

vs
industry
vs
history
P/E(ttm) 32.30
MRK's P/E(ttm) is ranked higher than
83% of the 964 Companies
in the Global Drug Manufacturers - Major industry.

( Industry Median: 47.00 vs. MRK: 32.30 )
MRK' s 10-Year P/E(ttm) Range
Min: 6.67   Max: 139.89
Current: 32.3

6.67
139.89
Forward P/E 15.58
MRK's Forward P/E is ranked higher than
91% of the 964 Companies
in the Global Drug Manufacturers - Major industry.

( Industry Median: 60.61 vs. MRK: 15.58 )
N/A
PE(NRI) 32.40
MRK's PE(NRI) is ranked higher than
83% of the 964 Companies
in the Global Drug Manufacturers - Major industry.

( Industry Median: 46.80 vs. MRK: 32.40 )
MRK' s 10-Year PE(NRI) Range
Min: 6.66   Max: 133.39
Current: 32.4

6.66
133.39
P/B 3.73
MRK's P/B is ranked higher than
71% of the 964 Companies
in the Global Drug Manufacturers - Major industry.

( Industry Median: 3.70 vs. MRK: 3.73 )
MRK' s 10-Year P/B Range
Min: 1.72   Max: 7.27
Current: 3.73

1.72
7.27
P/S 4.03
MRK's P/S is ranked higher than
72% of the 964 Companies
in the Global Drug Manufacturers - Major industry.

( Industry Median: 3.96 vs. MRK: 4.03 )
MRK' s 10-Year P/S Range
Min: 2.01   Max: 5.48
Current: 4.03

2.01
5.48
PFCF 16.07
MRK's PFCF is ranked higher than
95% of the 964 Companies
in the Global Drug Manufacturers - Major industry.

( Industry Median: 0.00 vs. MRK: 16.07 )
MRK' s 10-Year PFCF Range
Min: 7.8   Max: 86.81
Current: 16.07

7.8
86.81
POCF 14.42
MRK's POCF is ranked higher than
90% of the 964 Companies
in the Global Drug Manufacturers - Major industry.

( Industry Median: 37.08 vs. MRK: 14.42 )
MRK' s 10-Year POCF Range
Min: 6.33   Max: 35.75
Current: 14.42

6.33
35.75
EV-to-EBIT 30.00
MRK's EV-to-EBIT is ranked higher than
80% of the 964 Companies
in the Global Drug Manufacturers - Major industry.

( Industry Median: 34.12 vs. MRK: 30.00 )
MRK' s 10-Year EV-to-EBIT Range
Min: 8.5   Max: 104.1
Current: 30

8.5
104.1
Shiller P/E 24.59
MRK's Shiller P/E is ranked higher than
90% of the 964 Companies
in the Global Drug Manufacturers - Major industry.

( Industry Median: 101.35 vs. MRK: 24.59 )
MRK' s 10-Year Shiller P/E Range
Min: 8.31   Max: 26.26
Current: 24.59

8.31
26.26
Current Ratio 1.34
MRK's Current Ratio is ranked higher than
56% of the 896 Companies
in the Global Drug Manufacturers - Major industry.

( Industry Median: 2.45 vs. MRK: 1.34 )
MRK' s 10-Year Current Ratio Range
Min: 1.07   Max: 3.7
Current: 1.34

1.07
3.7
Quick Ratio 1.11
MRK's Quick Ratio is ranked higher than
59% of the 896 Companies
in the Global Drug Manufacturers - Major industry.

( Industry Median: 1.85 vs. MRK: 1.11 )
MRK' s 10-Year Quick Ratio Range
Min: 0.8   Max: 3.44
Current: 1.11

0.8
3.44
Days Inventory 113.55
MRK's Days Inventory is ranked higher than
80% of the 964 Companies
in the Global Drug Manufacturers - Major industry.

( Industry Median: 153.90 vs. MRK: 113.55 )
MRK' s 10-Year Days Inventory Range
Min: 50.6   Max: 332.33
Current: 113.55

50.6
332.33
Days Sales Outstanding 56.30
MRK's Days Sales Outstanding is ranked higher than
85% of the 964 Companies
in the Global Drug Manufacturers - Major industry.

( Industry Median: 96.09 vs. MRK: 56.30 )
MRK' s 10-Year Days Sales Outstanding Range
Min: 44.42   Max: 92.3
Current: 56.3

44.42
92.3

Dividend & Buy Back

vs
industry
vs
history
Dividend Yield 3.00
MRK's Dividend Yield is ranked higher than
85% of the 530 Companies
in the Global Drug Manufacturers - Major industry.

( Industry Median: 1.47 vs. MRK: 3.00 )
MRK' s 10-Year Dividend Yield Range
Min: 2.51   Max: 6.68
Current: 3

2.51
6.68
Dividend Payout 0.96
MRK's Dividend Payout is ranked higher than
100% of the 964 Companies
in the Global Drug Manufacturers - Major industry.

( Industry Median: 3.43 vs. MRK: 0.96 )
MRK' s 10-Year Dividend Payout Range
Min: 0.16   Max: 4.22
Current: 0.96

0.16
4.22
Dividend growth (3y) 4.40
MRK's Dividend growth (3y) is ranked higher than
79% of the 356 Companies
in the Global Drug Manufacturers - Major industry.

( Industry Median: 4.40 vs. MRK: 4.40 )
MRK' s 10-Year Dividend growth (3y) Range
Min: 0   Max: 14.8
Current: 4.4

0
14.8
Yield on cost (5-Year) 3.60
MRK's Yield on cost (5-Year) is ranked higher than
85% of the 539 Companies
in the Global Drug Manufacturers - Major industry.

( Industry Median: 1.54 vs. MRK: 3.60 )
MRK' s 10-Year Yield on cost (5-Year) Range
Min: 3.01   Max: 8.01
Current: 3.6

3.01
8.01
Share Buyback Rate 1.30
MRK's Share Buyback Rate is ranked higher than
96% of the 652 Companies
in the Global Drug Manufacturers - Major industry.

( Industry Median: -2.00 vs. MRK: 1.30 )
MRK' s 10-Year Share Buyback Rate Range
Min: 1.8   Max: -13
Current: 1.3

Valuation & Return

vs
industry
vs
history
Price/Tangible Book 14.45
MRK's Price/Tangible Book is ranked higher than
59% of the 964 Companies
in the Global Drug Manufacturers - Major industry.

( Industry Median: 7.26 vs. MRK: 14.45 )
MRK' s 10-Year Price/Tangible Book Range
Min: 3.19   Max: 3735
Current: 14.45

3.19
3735
Price/DCF (Projected) 1.51
MRK's Price/DCF (Projected) is ranked higher than
92% of the 964 Companies
in the Global Drug Manufacturers - Major industry.

( Industry Median: 13.51 vs. MRK: 1.51 )
MRK' s 10-Year Price/DCF (Projected) Range
Min: 0.75   Max: 3.04
Current: 1.51

0.75
3.04
Price/Median PS Value 1.29
MRK's Price/Median PS Value is ranked higher than
76% of the 964 Companies
in the Global Drug Manufacturers - Major industry.

( Industry Median: 1.43 vs. MRK: 1.29 )
MRK' s 10-Year Price/Median PS Value Range
Min: 0.68   Max: 2.07
Current: 1.29

0.68
2.07
Price/Graham Number 4.48
MRK's Price/Graham Number is ranked higher than
76% of the 964 Companies
in the Global Drug Manufacturers - Major industry.

( Industry Median: 8.80 vs. MRK: 4.48 )
MRK' s 10-Year Price/Graham Number Range
Min: 1.08   Max: 36.98
Current: 4.48

1.08
36.98
Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) 3.30
MRK's Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) is ranked higher than
80% of the 923 Companies
in the Global Drug Manufacturers - Major industry.

( Industry Median: 3.10 vs. MRK: 3.30 )
MRK' s 10-Year Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) Range
Min: 1   Max: 11.8
Current: 3.3

1
11.8
Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) 0.72
MRK's Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) is ranked higher than
65% of the 523 Companies
in the Global Drug Manufacturers - Major industry.

( Industry Median: 6.11 vs. MRK: 0.72 )
MRK' s 10-Year Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) Range
Min: -6.2   Max: 22.1
Current: 0.72

-6.2
22.1

Business Description

Industry: Drug Manufacturers » Drug Manufacturers - Major
Compare:GSK, JNJ, PFE, RHHBY, NVS » details
Traded in other countries:0QAH.UK, MRK.France, 6MK.Germany, MRCK34.Brazil, MRK.Mexico, MRK.Argentina, MRK.Chile, MRK.Switzerland,
Merck & Co Inc was incorporated in New Jersey in 1970. The Company is a health care company that delivers health solutions through its prescription medicines, vaccines, biologic therapies, animal health, and consumer care products, which it markets directly and through its joint ventures. The Company's operations are mainly managed on a products basis and are comprised of four operating segments, which are the Pharmaceutical, Animal Health, Consumer Care and Alliances segments, and one reportable segment, which is the Pharmaceutical segment. The Pharmaceutical segment includes human health pharmaceutical and vaccine products marketed either directly by the Company or through joint ventures. Human health pharmaceutical products consist of therapeutic and preventive agents, generally sold by prescription, for the treatment of human disorders. The Company sells these human health pharmaceutical products primarily to drug wholesalers and retailers, hospitals, government agencies and managed health care providers such as health maintenance organizations, pharmacy benefit managers and other institutions. Vaccine products consist of preventive pediatric, adolescent and adult vaccines, primarily administered at physician offices. The Company sells these human health vaccines primarily to physicians, wholesalers, physician distributors and government entities. The Company also has animal health operations that discover, develop, manufacture and market animal health products, including vaccines, which the Company sells to veterinarians, distributors and animal producers. Additionally, the Company has consumer care operations that develop, manufacture and market over-the-counter, foot care and sun care products, which are sold through wholesale and retail drug, food chain and mass merchandiser outlets, as well as club stores and specialty channels. The Company's competitors include other worldwide research-based pharmaceutical companies, smaller research companies with more limited therapeutic focus, and generic drug and consumer health care manufacturers. The Company's activities, including research, preclinical testing, clinical trials and manufacturing and marketing its products, are subject to regulation by numerous federal, state and local governmental authorities in the United States, including the FDA, and by foreign regulatory authorities, including the European Commission.
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