The DJIA stock posting the largest daily percentage loss ahead of the close Tuesday was Merck & Co. (NYSE: MRK) which traded down 4.65% at ... company had no specific news today. Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE: VZ) traded down 2.07% at $43.81.
Shares of Merck & Company, Inc. (NYSE:MRK) rose by 2.09% in the past week and 0.61% for the last 4 weeks. In the past week, the shares have outperformed the S&P 500 by 1.41% and the outperformance increases to 2.3% for the last 4 weeks.
In the options pits, short-term speculators are more put-skewed than usual, per Merck & Co., Inc.'s Schaeffer's put/call open interest ratio (SOIR) of 0.82, which sits higher than 72% of all similar readings taken in the past year.
As much as 13 analysts have advised buy on Merck & Company, Inc. (NYSE:MRK) with an average broker rating of 2.08. Research Analysts at Zacks has the shares a rating of 3, which implies that the firms recommendation is Neutral on the company.