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Why Merck, Whole Foods Market & Other Stocks Are in Spotlight Today?

The US Stock market is trading higher on Thursday, helped by a 3% growth in Brent and WTI. Meanwhile, the earnings season is still in progress and among the companies that have posted their results are Merck & Co., Inc. (NYSE:MRK), Whole Foods Market, Inc. (NASDAQ:WFM), AmerisourceBergen Corp. (NYSE:ABC), Kraft Heinz Co (NASDAQ:KHC), and Tripadvisor Inc (NASDAQ:TRIP). In this article, we are going to take a closer look at the results of these companies and see if the smart money investors have been bullish on them.

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Merck & Co., Inc. (NYSE:MRK)’s stock is almost 2% in the red, after the company posted first-quarter EPS of $0.89, which beat the estimates of $0.85, but the revenue of $9.31 billion was lower than the expected $9.46 billion. The company’s sales were affected by the advancement of competing generic drugs and currency fluctuations. For the full year, Merck & Co., Inc. (NYSE:MRK) expects earnings per share in the range of $3.60 to $3.77, versus the previous forecast of $3.60 to $3.75, while revenue guidance is between $39 billion and...