A study of analyst recommendations at the major brokerages shows that Merck & Co Inc (Symbol: MRK) is the #21 broker pick, on average, out of the 30 stocks making up the Dow Jones Industrial Average, according to ETF Channel. Within the broader S&P 500, when components were ranked in terms of analyst favorites, MRK claims the #314 spot.
Below is a chart of rank over time:
MRK operates in the Drugs & Pharmaceuticals sector, among companies like Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) which is off about 0.9% today, and Pfizer Inc (PFE) trading lower by about 0.3%. Below is a three month price history chart comparing the stock performance of MRK, versus JNJ and PFE.
MRK is currently trading down about 1.1% midday Wednesday.
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