Merck Enters Oversold Territory

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NS dividend rank on the formula dividend channel There are thousands of dividend stocks, according to a proprietary formula designed to identify stocks that have two important characteristics — strong fundamentals and a valuation that looks cheap. A coverage ranks the universe. Merck currently has a stellar rank in the top 10% of the coverage universe, which suggests it is one of the top most “interesting” ideas worthy of further research by investors.

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But what makes Merck even more interesting and timely stock to watch is the fact that in trading Tuesday, MRK shares entered oversold territory, changing hands as low as $71.50 per share. We define oversold areas using the Relative Strength Index or RSI, a technical analysis indicator used to measure momentum on a scale of zero to 100. If the RSI reading falls below 30, the stock is considered oversold.

In Merck’s case, the RSI reading reaches 29.3 — by comparison, covered by the universe of dividend stocks. dividend channel Currently the average RSI is 50.5. The falling stock price — all else being equal — creates a better opportunity for dividend investors to earn a higher yield. In fact, MRK’s recent annual dividend of 2.76/share (currently paid in quarterly installments) works out to an annual yield of 3.76% based on the recent $73.42 share price.

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A bullish investor can look at the 29.3 RSI reading of MRK today as a sign that the recent heavy selloff is in the process of ending itself, and start looking for entry point opportunities on the buy side. Among the fundamental datapoints dividend investors should check to decide whether they are bullish on MRK is its dividend history. In general, dividends are not always predictable; But, looking at the history chart below can help decide whether the most recent dividend is likely to continue.

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