Bank of America Increases Merck & Co. (MRK) Price Target to $70.00

Merck & Co. (NYSE:MRK) had its price objective raised by analysts at Bank of America from $68.00 to $70.00 in a report released on Tuesday. The brokerage currently has a “buy” rating on the stock. Bank of America’s target price indicates a potential upside of 18.81% from the company’s current price.

MRK has been the subject of a number of other reports. Jefferies Group set a $55.00 price objective on shares of Merck & Co. and gave the stock a “hold” rating in a report on Friday, March 23rd. ValuEngine lowered shares of Merck & Co. from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Friday, February 2nd. DZ Bank upgraded shares of Merck & Co. from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a report on Tuesday, February 13th. Morgan Stanley boosted their price objective on shares of Merck & Co. from $60.00 to $63.00 and gave the stock an “equal weight” rating in a report on Wednesday, February 7th. Finally, Credit Suisse Group decreased their price objective on shares of Merck & Co. from $67.00 to $66.00 and set an “outperform” rating for the company in a report on Monday, February 5th. One analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, seven have issued a hold rating and fifteen have given a buy rating to the company’s stock. Merck & Co. has an average rating of “Buy” and an average price target of $66.83.

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Shares of NYSE MRK opened at $58.92 on Tuesday. Merck & Co. has a twelve month low of $52.83 and a twelve month high of $66.41. The company has a market capitalization of $159,803.17, a P/E ratio of 14.89, a PEG ratio of 2.48 and a beta of 0.78. The company has a quick ratio of 1.06, a current ratio of 1.33 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.62.

Merck & Co. (NYSE:MRK) last announced its quarterly earnings data on Friday, February 2nd. The company reported $0.98 earnings per share for the quarter, topping analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.94 by $0.04. Merck & Co. had a net margin of 6.40% and a return on equity of 28.61%. The company had revenue of $10.43 billion during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $10.48 billion. During the same period in the previous year, the business earned $0.89 EPS. The firm’s revenue for the quarter was up 3.1% on a year-over-year basis. sell-side analysts expect that Merck & Co. will post 4.16 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

In other news, Director Wendell P. Weeks sold 5,000 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction on Friday, February 9th. The stock was sold at an average price of $53.57, for a total value of $267,850.00. Following the completion of the sale, the director now directly owns 5,100 shares in the company, valued at approximately $273,207. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available at the SEC website. Also, insider Weir Mirian M. Graddick sold 24,000 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction on Monday, April 16th. The stock was sold at an average price of $58.00, for a total value of $1,392,000.00. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. 0.32% of the stock is currently owned by insiders.

Large investors have recently bought and sold shares of the company. Honeywell International Inc. increased its stake in shares of Merck & Co. by 18.8% in the 3rd quarter. Honeywell International Inc. now owns 633,700 shares of the company’s stock worth $40,576,000 after purchasing an additional 100,500 shares in the last quarter. D.A. Davidson & CO. increased its stake in shares of Merck & Co. by 18.3% in the 3rd quarter. D.A. Davidson & CO. now owns 524,481 shares of the company’s stock worth $33,582,000 after purchasing an additional 81,290 shares in the last quarter. Train Babcock Advisors LLC increased its stake in shares of Merck & Co. by 19.8% in the 4th quarter. Train Babcock Advisors LLC now owns 10,810 shares of the company’s stock worth $609,000 after purchasing an additional 1,785 shares in the last quarter. Ascension Asset Management LLC purchased a new stake in shares of Merck & Co. in the 4th quarter worth $644,000. Finally, Mork Capital Management LLC purchased a new stake in shares of Merck & Co. in the 4th quarter worth $990,000. Hedge funds and other institutional investors own 74.60% of the company’s stock.

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About Merck & Co.

Merck & Co, Inc provides healthcare solutions worldwide. It operates in four segments: Pharmaceutical, Animal Health, Healthcare Services, and Alliances. The company offers therapeutic and preventive agents to treat cardiovascular diseases, type 2 diabetes, asthma, nasal allergy symptoms, allergic rhinitis, chronic hepatitis C virus, HIV-1 infection, fungal, intra-abdominal infections, hypertension, arthritis and pain, inflammatory, osteoporosis, and fertility diseases.

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