Market Read®

  • Thursday, April 02 2015

This prediction has passed its maturity date!

This prediction was valid between March 18, 2013 and March 26, 2013. All information in this report is for reference only and should not be considered forward looking.


Merck & Company


Merck & Co., Inc. provides health care solutions worldwide. The company offer therapeutic and preventive agents to treat cardiovascular, type 2 diabetes, asthma, nasal allergy symptoms, allergic rhinitis, chronic hepatitis C virus, HIV-1 infection, fungal infections, intra-abdominal infections, hypertension, arthritis and pain, inflammatory, osteoporosis, male pattern hair loss, and fertility diseases. It also offers neuromuscular blocking agents for use in surgery; anti-bacterial products for skin and skin structure infections; antidepressants; ophthalmic and cholesterol modification products; non-sedating antihistamine; and vaginal contraceptive implants. In addition, the company provides products to prevent chemotherapy-induced and post-operative nausea and vomiting; to treat brain tumors and melanoma; to prevent diseases caused by human papillomavirus, as well as vaccines for measles, mumps, rubella, varicella, chickenpox, shingles, rotavirus gastroenteritis, and pneumococcal diseases. Further, it offers animal health products, including antibiotic and anti-inflammatory drugs to treat infectious and respiratory diseases, fertility disorders, and pneumonia in cattle, horses, and swine; vaccines for poultry; parasiticide for sea lice in salmon; and antibiotics for, and vaccines against bacterial and viral disease in fish. Additionally, the company provides companion animal products, such as diabetes mellitus treatment drugs and vaccines for dogs and cats; ointments for acute and chronic otitis; anthelmintic products; chewable tablets to kill fleas and ticks in dogs; and products for protection against bites from fleas, ticks, mosquitoes, and sandflies. The company serves drug wholesalers and retailers, hospitals, government entities and agencies, physicians, physician distributors, veterinarians, distributors, and animal producers, as well as managed health care providers. The company was founded in 1891 and is headquartered in Kenilworth, New Jersey.

Investment Highlights

  • PATTERN SCAN predicts the price of MRK expected to move down in the coming weeks based on the appearance of a 'Volume Climax' pattern. Specifically, a ACT EOD variant of Volume Climax has been detected. The target is $42.93. more
  • FRICTION FACTOR detects negative price friction, allowing the price to more easily move down to $42.88 by March 09, 2013. more
  • VALUATION MRK has a current calculated value of $38.82 which means the stock is overvalued compared to its price of $56.86.

Predictive Range March 05, 2013 - March 26, 2013

Anticipated price movement, between prediction date and target date, based on all market reads.
$43.52 - $42.91

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  • EARNINGS Most stock price histories show random or unpredictable movements around earnings reports. But some repeat the same pattern quarter after quarter, year after year. Earnings predicts probability, price move and length of move before and after all US stock earnings reports.
  • FRICTION FACTOR Friction Factor is based on the relationship between the price of a stock and the volume at which it's bought and sold. Normal and abnormal Friction factor patterns can help you time your buying and selling decisions for maximum earnings potential.
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  • PATTERN SCAN This technology automatically tracks "Trigger Events" that positively or negatively affect the value of a stock — or its perceived value among analysts — ranging from price fluctuations to natural disasters and political shifts. The results reveal patterns that can predict market movements.
  • EVENTS Events describe the current technical situation in your stock. It displays the technicals, trend conditions and seasonal factors and automatically discovers how that stock has performed in the trading days following the occurrences of the event or combination of events. This technology automatically scans using complex historical queries based on what event is taking place right now in the stock. It then displays the probability, expected return and number of trading days for the expected move.
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  • SEASONALITY Seasonality analyzes more than 20 years of data to determine if stocks have a long or short seasonal bias, how many trading days the move is expected to last, the probability of that move and the percentage move the stock is expected to make based on the seasonal bias.
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  • VALUATION A stock's value is a function of its forecasted earnings per share and forecasted earnings growth, as well as profitability, interest and inflation rates. Valuation use these metrics to determine at what price a stock is undervalued or overvalued, so that you can make investment decisions accordingly.
  • INSIDER Significant stock sales or purchases by company "insiders" (officers or directors) can be a predictor of future price movements — up or down. The Insider strategy tracks these actions and correlates them with historical data to give you an investment edge.

Pattern Scan


Tracks "Trigger Events" that positively or negatively affect the value of a stock.

Merck & Company (NYSE: MRK) is predicted to go down in coming weeks based on bearish technical trends that have appeared in the recent performance of the stock. MRK has demonstrated Volume Climax strategy ACT EOD with a strength of 2.0/5. The higher the strength, the higher the probability of an accurate prediction.

  • The price of MRK expected to move down in the coming weeks.
  • PatternScan has detected that a 'ACT EOD' pattern has appeared.
  • Specifically, a ACT EOD variant of Volume Climax has been detected.
  • This indicates a high probablity that MRK will move down in the coming weeks.

Friction Factor


Uses stock price and transaction volume to help time buying and selling decisions.

Merck & Company (NYSE: MRK) is expected to go lower The Friction Factor displays how many more shares of buying than selling are required to move a stock higher by one cent or how many more shares of selling than buying moves a stock lower by 1 cent.

  • The price of MRK expected to move down.
  • Negative price friction detected in the volume of the stock indicates the price should move to $42.88 by March 09, 2013.

Squeeze Trigger


We have a proprietary database of all trading in US stocks and maintain massive databases of short sale and naked short sale time and sales data, along with short squeeze SqueezeTrigger prices. We are the only firm that knows the exact price that a short squeeze will start in every US stock.

The Cumulative Squeeze Trigger price for MRK is 39.57.

Date Short Volume Short Value SqueezeTrigger
2015-03-31 27194735 1565736867.62 57.575
2015-02-28 26999383 1593009495.95 59.0017
2015-01-31 24436804 1481090253.64 60.609
2014-12-31 35876171 2127643496.39 59.3052
2014-11-30 31544689 1871618951.15 59.3323
2014-10-31 1048242 61841036.79 58.995
2014-09-30 27631163 1662265898.03 60.1591
2014-08-31 25208960 1453722575.42 57.6669
2014-07-31 31396510 1828733680.06 58.2464
2014-06-30 29684936 1728728964.4 58.2359
2014-05-31 27770573 1582806024.59 56.9958
2014-04-30 38387155 2175611203.2 56.6755
2014-03-31 36551130 2052316708.6 56.1492
2014-02-28 51911155 2844897409.7 54.8032
2014-01-31 73567102 3819478871.77 51.9183
2013-12-31 36135660 1776768720.8 49.1694
2013-11-30 56398420 2679212581.94 47.5051
2013-10-31 77155537 3634519588.14 47.1064
2013-09-30 53229513 2544179095.15 47.7964
2013-08-31 55316462 2650576783.07 47.9166

Friction Factor


Friction Factor determines if there is normal or abnormal behavior in the price action of the stock when compared to the buying vs. selling trading statistics. It shows us how many more shares of buying than selling it takes to move a stock higher by 1 cent, or how many more shares of selling than buying it takes to drop a stock by 1 cent.
Here is how to understand Friction Factor:

  • If Friction Factor is positive, more buying than selling caused MRK's price to rise
  • If Friction Factor is negative, more selling than buying caused MRK's price to fall
  • If Friction Factor is 0, there was no discernable activity either way
  • If Friction Factor is abnormal, it means that more buying than selling caused the price to drop which is evidence of manipulative activity. In some cases more selling than buying can cause the price to increase. While this is rare, it must be noted as well. Friction Factor raw data.

Date Change Buy Vol Sell Vol Net Vol Friction
2015-03-25 -0.36 3452996 4315657 -862661 -23962.80556
2015-03-24 0.19 3201088 4781760 -1580672 Bullish Bias
2015-03-23 0.15 2732768 3565071 -832303 Bullish Bias
2015-03-20 0.3 4366283 3786045 580238 19341.26667
2015-03-19 0.51 3629716 4906838 -1277122 Bullish Bias
2015-03-18 1.18 5096171 3441937 1654234 14018.9322
2015-03-17 -0.65 2129256 3621568 -1492312 -22958.64615
2015-03-16 0.92 4358440 2804413 1554027 16891.59783
2015-03-13 -0.41 3314954 4701556 -1386602 -33819.56098
2015-03-12 -0.45 5005141 3507628 1497513 Bearish Bias
2015-03-11 -0.53 3691872 7264678 -3572806 -67411.43396
2015-03-10 -0.45 3136471 5401338 -2264867 -50330.37778
2015-03-09 0.15 1809168 2931452 -1122284 Bullish Bias
2015-03-06 -1.08 2553047 3891119 -1338072 -12389.55556
2015-03-05 0.12 4163781 3208705 955076 79589.66667
2015-03-04 -0.29 4142594 3684260 458334 Bearish Bias
2015-03-03 -0.24 3177682 1820363 1357319 Bearish Bias
2015-03-02 0.09 1981905 4091121 -2109216 Bullish Bias
2015-02-27 -0.42 2807353 4980878 -2173525 -51750.59524
2015-02-26 0.41 2710470 3763288 -1052818 Bullish Bias



Value is a measure of a stock's current worth. MRK has a current value of 38.82 per share. Therefore, it is overvalued compared to its Price of $56.86 per share. Value is computed from forecasted earnings per share, forecasted earnings growth, profitability, interest, and inflation rates. Value increases when earnings, earnings growth rate and profitability increase, and when interest and inflation rates decrease.

General Results


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Read Type Avg Return Avg Maturity Days Hits Misses % Accurate
Insider 15.871 77.93 11532 556 95.40%
SqueezeTrigger 12.562 22.03 9138 593 93.91%
Valuation 14.484 26.96 4201 302 93.29%
Seasonality 7.321 15.17 49434 4703 91.31%
Group Correlation 6.512 14.3 3921 442 89.87%
PatternScan 8.532 11.47 178871 26397 87.14%
Events 6.934 11.22 4004 622 86.55%
Earnings 8.568 10.32 23481 4716 83.27%
GATS 5.377 7.87 60544 12430 82.97%
Naked Shorts 13.947 10.95 2651 682 79.54%
Friction Factor 7.165 3.64 6775 1942 77.72%

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Last Price$56.86
52 Week Range$44.62 - $59.84
1 Month Range$57.48 - $59.65
Avg Daily Volume8567149.0
PE Ratio38.64
Earnings Per Share
Shares Outstanding2922MM
Market Capitalization$170800.00MM


ACCOUNT SUPPORT 855-879-3258