Merck & Company, Inc. (NYSE:MRK) Receives Hold Rating from Deutsche Bank AG

Merck & Company, Inc. (NYSE:MRK)‘s stock had its “hold” rating reiterated by investment analysts at Deutsche Bank AG in a report issued on Monday, July 17th. They presently have a $66.00 price objective on the stock, up from their prior price objective of $64.00. Deutsche Bank AG’s target price would suggest a potential upside of 5.80% from the company’s previous close.

A number of other equities research analysts have also recently issued reports on the stock. BidaskClub cut shares of Merck & from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research report on Tuesday, July 11th. Citigroup Inc. set a $65.00 price objective on shares of Merck & and gave the stock a “hold” rating in a research report on Wednesday, July 5th. BMO Capital Markets reaffirmed a “sell” rating on shares of Merck & in a research report on Wednesday, July 5th. Credit Suisse Group reaffirmed a “buy” rating on shares of Merck & in a research report on Tuesday, June 13th. Finally, Zacks Investment Research cut shares of Merck & from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Monday, June 12th. Two research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, nine have given a hold rating and twelve have issued a buy rating to the stock. Merck & has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $69.58.

Shares of Merck & (NYSE MRK) opened at 62.38 on Monday. Merck & has a 1-year low of $58.29 and a 1-year high of $66.80. The stock has a market capitalization of $170.13 billion, a PE ratio of 33.77 and a beta of 0.80. The firm has a 50-day moving average of $63.36 and a 200 day moving average of $63.80.

Merck & (NYSE:MRK) last announced its earnings results on Friday, July 28th. The company reported $1.01 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.87 by $0.14. The company had revenue of $9.93 billion during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $9.75 billion. Merck & had a net margin of 17.14% and a return on equity of 26.02%. Merck &’s quarterly revenue was up .9% on a year-over-year basis. During the same quarter in the previous year, the business posted $0.93 earnings per share. On average, equities analysts anticipate that Merck & will post $3.87 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

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Hedge funds have recently made changes to their positions in the company. FIL Ltd boosted its position in shares of Merck & by 17.3% in the fourth quarter. FIL Ltd now owns 252,964 shares of the company’s stock worth $14,892,000 after buying an additional 37,317 shares in the last quarter. Trexquant Investment LP purchased a new position in shares of Merck & during the fourth quarter worth about $1,819,000. Frontier Wealth Management LLC boosted its position in shares of Merck & by 40.8% in the fourth quarter. Frontier Wealth Management LLC now owns 33,632 shares of the company’s stock worth $1,980,000 after buying an additional 9,741 shares in the last quarter. Cypress Capital Management LLC boosted its position in shares of Merck & by 10.0% in the fourth quarter. Cypress Capital Management LLC now owns 245,787 shares of the company’s stock worth $14,469,000 after buying an additional 22,250 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Aviva PLC boosted its position in shares of Merck & by 4.4% in the fourth quarter. Aviva PLC now owns 2,071,681 shares of the company’s stock worth $121,980,000 after buying an additional 88,099 shares in the last quarter. 73.73% of the stock is owned by institutional investors.

About Merck &

Merck & Co, Inc is a global healthcare company. The Company offers health solutions through its prescription medicines, vaccines, biologic therapies and animal health products. It operates through four segments: Pharmaceutical, Animal Health, Healthcare Services and Alliances. The Company’s Pharmaceutical segment includes human health pharmaceutical and vaccine products marketed either directly by the Company or through joint ventures.

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