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How Merck Stock Has Performed Recently

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A look at Merck

Merck (MRK) is one of the largest pharmaceutical companies worldwide. Merck’s portfolio includes both human pharmaceutical products and animal health products. The below chart compares one-week returns for Merck and some of its competitors along with the First Trust Value Line Dividend ETF (FVD).

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Merck’s stock performance 

Over the last few days, US indexes have weakened following major concerns about the trade war between the US and China and due to the Federal Reserve’s 25-basis-point hike. Merck’s stock price has fallen ~1.6% over the last one week. The stock price decreased by ~0.5% to the closing price of $53.75 on March 27, 2018, as compared to the previous close of $54.04 on March 26, 2018.

Merck has fallen ~2.0% over the last one month and ~14.9% over the last one year. The stock is trading 1.8% lower than the 30-day simple moving average.

Comparison with other stocks and ETFs

The First Trust Value Line Dividend ETF (FVD) reported a decrease in its price by ~2.8% over the last one week. FBT decreased ~0.3% to the closing price of ~$29.45 on March 27, 2018, as compared to the previous close of $29.55 on March 26, 2018.

The First Trust Value Line Dividend ETF’s (FVD) price has increased by ~1.8% over the last one year. FVD holds 0.5% of its total investments in Merck (MRK), 0.5% in Novartis (NVS), 0.5% in Pfizer (PFE), and 0.5% in Johnson & Johnson (JNJ).

Over the last one week, Novartis (NVS) has decreased by ~2.3%. The stock’s closing price was $79.45 on March 27, 2018, a ~0.3% decrease as compared to the previous close of $79.68 on March 26, 2018.

Pfizer’s (PFE) stock price has decreased ~3.6% over the last one week, and the closing price was $35.01 on March 27, 2018, a ~0.1% decrease as compared to the previous close of $35.04 on March 26, 2018.

Johnson & Johnson’s (JNJ) stock price has decreased by ~3.0% over the last one week. The closing price was $127.21 on March 27, 2018, a ~0.1% increase as compared to the previous close of $127.39 on March 26, 2018.

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