4-Star Stocks Poised to Pop: Merck
Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, drug behemoth Merck (NYS: MRK) has earned a respected four-star ranking.
With that in mind, let's take a closer look at Merck's business and see what CAPS investors are saying about the stock right now.
|Headquarters (founded)||Whitehouse Station, N.J. (1891)|
|Market Cap||$115.0 billion|
|Trailing-12-Month Revenue||$48.2 billion|
|Management||CEO Kenneth Frazier (since 2011)|
CFO Peter Kellogg (since 2007)
|Return on Equity (average, past 3 years)||14.7%|
|Cash/Debt||$15.6 billion / $18.2 billion|
Sources: S&P Capital IQ and Motley Fool CAPS.
On CAPS, 93% of the 2,914 members who have rated Merck believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward.
Really not that worried about the patent cliff yet with [Merck]. It pays a healthy dividend, cash flow and profitability is good in meantime, so that limits the down side. The next year will either be very good (upside suprise with new patent drugs in pipeline) or not so good, but the dividend takes out some of the risk.
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