UBS AG Boosts Merck & Company, Inc. (NYSE:MRK) Price Target to $72.00

Merck & Company, Inc. (NYSE:MRK) had its price objective boosted by equities research analysts at UBS AG from $70.00 to $72.00 in a research report issued on Monday, July 31st, 99wallstreet.com reports. The brokerage presently has a “buy” rating on the stock. UBS AG’s target price would suggest a potential upside of 17.09% from the company’s previous close.

A number of other equities analysts have also issued reports on MRK. Zacks Investment Research raised Merck & from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $72.00 price target on the stock in a report on Wednesday, May 10th. J P Morgan Chase & Co raised their price target on Merck & from $74.00 to $76.00 and gave the stock an “overweight” rating in a report on Thursday, May 11th. BidaskClub lowered Merck & from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a report on Tuesday, July 11th. BMO Capital Markets raised their price target on Merck & from $68.00 to $70.00 and gave the stock an “outperform” rating in a report on Thursday, May 11th. Finally, Vetr raised Merck & from a “sell” rating to a “strong-buy” rating and set a $71.50 price target on the stock in a report on Monday, May 15th. Two investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, nine have assigned a hold rating and twelve have issued a buy rating to the company. The company currently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $69.58.

Merck & (MRK) traded down 0.57% during mid-day trading on Monday, reaching $61.49. The company’s stock had a trading volume of 8,421,689 shares. Merck & has a one year low of $58.29 and a one year high of $66.80. The stock’s 50 day moving average is $62.91 and its 200 day moving average is $63.83. The firm has a market cap of $167.71 billion, a PE ratio of 33.29 and a beta of 0.80.

Merck & (NYSE:MRK) last issued its quarterly earnings data on Friday, July 28th. The company reported $1.01 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, topping the consensus estimate of $0.87 by $0.14. The company had revenue of $9.93 billion for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $9.75 billion. Merck & had a return on equity of 26.02% and a net margin of 17.14%. The business’s quarterly revenue was up .9% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same quarter last year, the company posted $0.93 earnings per share. On average, analysts anticipate that Merck & will post $3.87 EPS for the current year.

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Several hedge funds and other institutional investors have recently modified their holdings of the company. WFG Advisors LP boosted its stake in Merck & by 16.9% in the second quarter. WFG Advisors LP now owns 13,478 shares of the company’s stock valued at $864,000 after buying an additional 1,946 shares during the last quarter. Toronto Dominion Bank boosted its stake in Merck & by 22.4% in the second quarter. Toronto Dominion Bank now owns 1,019,846 shares of the company’s stock valued at $65,359,000 after buying an additional 186,774 shares during the last quarter. Afam Capital Inc. boosted its stake in Merck & by 14.5% in the second quarter. Afam Capital Inc. now owns 36,755 shares of the company’s stock valued at $2,356,000 after buying an additional 4,667 shares during the last quarter. Beaton Management Co. Inc. purchased a new stake in Merck & during the second quarter valued at approximately $1,143,000. Finally, Fort Pitt Capital Group LLC boosted its stake in Merck & by 2.5% in the second quarter. Fort Pitt Capital Group LLC now owns 22,061 shares of the company’s stock valued at $1,414,000 after buying an additional 541 shares during the last quarter. Hedge funds and other institutional investors own 73.46% of the company’s stock.

Merck & Company Profile

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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