The shares of Merck & Co., Inc. (NYSE:MRK) has performed better over the past three months, as it added around 5.56% while it has so far climbed around 42.56% during the course of a year. It went up by $0.5 now trading at $79.02. Their shares witnessed a 49.57% increase from the 52-week low price of $52.83 they recorded on 2018-04-03. Even though it is still -1.48% behind the $80.19 high touched on 2018-12-04. The last few days have been good for the stock, as its price has grew by 2.11% during the week. The stock of MRK recorded 3.42% uptrend from the beginning of this year till date. The 12-month potential price target for Merck & Co., Inc. is set at $82.02. This target means that the stock has an upside potential to increase by 3.8% from the current trading price.

When giving their opinion, around 86.67% of Wall Street analysts, which represents 13 out of 15 rated the stock as a Buy. 2 brokerage firms of the remaining 13.33% rated the stock as a Hold with 0 analyst rating it as a sell. Overall, the number of aggregate MRK shares held by institutional investors represents 77.9% of total shares. 174 institutions entered new Merck & Co., Inc. (NYSE:MRK) positions, 937 added to their existing positions in these shares, 1012 lowered their positions, and 73 exited their positions entirely.

Merck & Co., Inc. (MRK) trade volume has decreased by -28.4% as around 10,009,046 shares were sold when compared with its 50-day average volume of traded shares which is 13,978,414. At the moment, MRK is witnessing a uptrend, as it is trading 4.71% above its 20-day SMA, 4.4% above its 50-day SMA, and 14.94% above its 200-day SMA. The company runs an ROE of roughly 4%, with financial analysts predicting that their earnings per share growth will be around 9.47% per annum for the next five year. This will be compared to the -1.9% decrease witnessed over the past five years.

The first technical resistance point for Merck & Co., Inc. (NYSE:MRK) will likely come at $79.31, marking a 0.37% premium to the current level. The second resistance point is at $79.6, about 0.73% premium to its current market price. On the other hand, inability to breach the immediate hurdles can drag it down to $78.16, the lower end of the range. MRK’s 14-day MACD is 2.13 and this positive figure indicates an upward trading trend. The company’s 14-day RSI (relative strength index) score is 64.92, which shows that its stock has been neutral. The 20-day historical volatility for the stock stands at 18.77 percent, which is low when compared to that of the 50-day’s 23.67 percent.

The shares of Gold Fields Limited (NYSE:GFI) has decreased by -2.38%, and now trading at $3.69 on the Wall Street in the intra-day deal, with their shares traded now around 7,270,584. This is a rise of 2,494,776 shares over the average 4,775,808 shares that were traded daily over the last three months. The stock that is trading at $3.69 went higher by 67.73% from its 52-week low of $2.2 that it attained back on 2018-09-11. The stock recorded a 52-week high of $4.29 nearly 325 days ago on 2018-03-26.

GFI stock has performed well over the past 30 days, as it added 2.5% while its price climbed by 4.83% year-to-date (YTD). Looking at the last few days, it has been good for the stock, as it rose 0.54% over the last week. The stock’s 12-month potential target price is now at $3.71. This means that the stock price might likely increase by 0.54% from its current trading price.2 out of 4 Wall Street analysts which represents 50% rated the stock as a buy while the remaining 25 rated it as a hold, with 25 of analysts rating it as a sell.

Gold Fields Limited (NYSE:GFI) has been utilizing an ROE that is roughly -14.2%, with stock analysts predicting that the company’s EPS for the next five years will go down by 0% per year, following the -16% drop that was witnessed during the past five years. The stock at the moment is on a downtrend, trading -2.2% below its 20-day SMA, 4.47% above its 50-day SMA, and 13.64% above its 200-day SMA. In percentage terms, the aggregate Gold Fields Limited shares held by institutional investors is 44.2%. 18 institutions jumped in to acquire Gold Fields Limited (GFI) fresh stake, 61 added to their current holdings in these shares, 57 lowered their positions, and 24 left no stake in the company.

The stock’s 9-day MACD is -0.04 and this negative figure indicates a downward trading trend. The company’s 9-day RSI score is 45.71, which shows that its stock has been neutral. The 20-day historical volatility for the shares stand at 37.57 percent, which is less when compared to that of the 50-day’s 46.11 percent. On the daily chart, we see that the stock could reach the first level of resistance at $3.78, sporting a 2.38% premium to the current level. The next resistance point is at $3.86, representing nearly 4.4% premium to the current market price of Gold Fields Limited (GFI). On the other hand, failure to breach the immediate hurdles can drag it down to $3.58, the lower end of the range.