With close to $20 billion in cash on the balance sheet, Merck is one key acquisition away from turning its fortunes around.
Buybacks are nice. Buybacks along with dividends are even better.
The drug giant calms worries about its ability to innovate following its spinoff of Zoetis earlier this year.
With a limited knowledge base, people sent this stock down 15 points on hundreds of thousands of shares.
This week's highlights include quarterly reports from the two biggest companies by market capitalization, Apple and Exxon Mobil, which are expect to post declining earnings.
The company pays one of the best dividends in the sector at an annual yield of 4 percent.
Congress is making it hard for investors to play the really good corporate results of late.
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