|Bid||81.79 x 1000|
|Ask||81.86 x 800|
|Day's Range||81.23 - 81.94|
|52 Week Range||65.25 - 92.64|
|Beta (5Y Monthly)||0.44|
|PE Ratio (TTM)||17.96|
|Earnings Date||Feb 04, 2021|
|Forward Dividend & Yield||2.60 (3.18%)|
|Ex-Dividend Date||Dec 14, 2020|
|1y Target Est||95.89|
Practically everything is going right for Moderna (NASDAQ: MRNA) these days. The biotech announced surprisingly positive efficacy results for its COVID-19 vaccine candidate mRNA-1273, and it has filed for Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) in the U.S. and approval in Europe. Moderna's shares have understandably skyrocketed.
Pfizer stock jumped early Wednesday after the pharmaceutical company's BioNTech-partnered coronavirus vaccine gained authorization in the U.K. Also, Merck sold its investment in Moderna.
U.S. pharma giant Merck & Co., Inc. (NYSE: MRK) announced Tuesday ahead of the market open that it divested its direct stake in Moderna Inc (NASDAQ: MRNA) in the first half of the fourth quarter.Merck initiated a direct investment in the vaccine developer in 2015 and hiked the stake in 2018, in accordance with an R&D collaboration agreement executed between the companies.Merck said it profited from the investment, particularly in 2020, given the substantial appreciation in Moderna shares catalyzed by its vaccine program.Moderna shares are up about 620% year-to-date. Related Link: The Week Ahead In Biotech: Hematology Conference Gets Underway, Vanda And BioCryst Await FDA Decisions Merck said it will record a small fourth-quarter gain on the stake sale under "other (income) expense, net." The company said it retains exposure to Moderna indirectly through its investments in venture funds.What's Next: Moderna is awaiting word on the emergency use authorization application it filed with the FDA for its vaccine candidate mRNA-1273.The regulator is likely to announce its verdict following the Adcom meeting scheduled for Dec. 17.The company has also filed for conditional marketing authorization in Europe, with the European Medicines Agency expecting to rule on the application by Jan. 12.MRK, MRNA Price Action: At last check, Moderna shares were up 4.46% at $147.30, while Merck shares were up 0.64% at $82.06. Related Link: Attention Biotech Investors: Mark Your Calendar For December PDUFA Dates See more from Benzinga * Click here for options trades from Benzinga * The Daily Biotech Pulse: Pfizer-BioNTech Vaccine Gets Temporary UK Authorization, Ovid's Trial Disappointment, Vanda Snags FDA Nod * European Drug Regulator Gives 6-Week Time Frame For Opinions On Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna COVID-19 Vaccines(C) 2020 Benzinga.com. Benzinga does not provide investment advice. All rights reserved.