Published: Sat, January 13, 2018
Finance | By Loren Pratt

Comprehensive Stock Analysis Of Merck & Co., Inc. (MRK)

Comprehensive Stock Analysis Of Merck & Co., Inc. (MRK)

The institutional investor held 91,541 shares of the health care company at the end of 2017Q3, valued at $5.87 million, up from 86,709 at the end of the previous reported quarter.

Merck & Co., Inc. announced that its Board of Directors has initiated a stock buyback program on Tuesday, November 28th that allows the company to buyback $10.00 billion in outstanding shares. The firm owned 266,011 shares of the company's stock after acquiring an additional 10,903 shares during the period. About 5.35M shares traded. (NYSE:MRK) has risen 16.86% since January 9, 2017 and is uptrending.

Looking at the Analyst Recommendations of the stock, 7 Analysts issued a Buy for MoSys, 6 gave Outperform, 10 analysts gave Hold Rating, 0 issued Underperform and 0 marked the stock as Sell. (NYSE:MRK) by 4.8% in the third quarter, according to its most recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). Perritt Capital Management Inc sold 362,731 shares as the company's stock declined 28.89% while stock markets rallied. The institutional investor held 2.05 million shares of the oil & gas production company at the end of 2017Q3, valued at $23.10 million, up from 1.86 million at the end of the previous reported quarter. American Investment Services Inc who had been investing in Verizon Communications Inc for a number of months, seems to be bullish on the $209.93B market cap company. The stock decreased 0.22% or $0.39 during the last trading session, reaching $173.54. About 1.21 million shares traded. McDonald's Corporation (NYSE:MCD) has risen 18.25% since January 10, 2017 and is uptrending. It has underperformed by 35.92% the S&P500.

Manchester Capital Management LLC cut its position in Merck & Company, Inc.

What to Expect From Merck & Co., Inc. Callon Petroleum had 81 analyst reports since July 21, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. Therefore 65% are positive. Stillwater Investment Management LLC now owns 4,621 shares of the company's stock worth $296,000 after buying an additional 38 shares during the period. (NYSE:MRK) has "Hold" rating given on Monday, October 30 by SunTrust. (NYSE:MRK) has "Buy" rating given on Friday, August 4 by BMO Capital Markets. UBS maintained the stock with "Buy" rating in Monday, July 31 report. Piper Jaffray upgraded the stock to "Overweight" rating in Thursday, January 12 report. Needham has "Buy" rating and $36.0 target. Jefferies has "Hold" rating and $54 target. Wood maintained it with "Buy" rating and $44 target in Wednesday, April 12 report.

Investors sentiment decreased to 1.06 in 2017 Q3. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.57, a current ratio of 1.43 and a quick ratio of 1.16. It turned negative, as 46 investors sold MRK shares while 619 reduced holdings. 50 funds opened positions while 103 raised stakes. Canada Pension Plan Investment Board owned approximately 0.22% of Merck & Co., Inc. worth $376,842,000 as of its most recent SEC filing. (NYSE:MRK). Us Bancshares De stated it has 2.26 million shares. Cadence Bank Na owns 77,163 shares.


Merck & Co., Inc. had a negative return on equity of 0.58% and a negative net margin of 0.49%. (NYSE:MRK). Braun Stacey Assocs invested in 291,561 shares. Parametric Portfolio Associates LLC now owns 8,199,448 shares of the company's stock worth $525,011,000 after buying an additional 647,712 shares during the period. Teton Advsr has invested 0.26% in Callon Petroleum Company (NYSE:CPE). It also reduced its holding in Lockheed Martin Corporation (NYSE:LMT) by 45,442 shares in the quarter, leaving it with 166,163 shares, and cut its stake in Standex International Corporation (NYSE:SXI). 13,432 were accumulated by Signature Mgmt Inc. Quantbot Tech Ltd Partnership accumulated 37,184 shares. BMO Capital Markets maintained Merck & Co., Inc. Hbk Sorce Advisory Limited Com reported 19,427 shares stake. Given that its average daily volume over the 30 days has been 11.95 million shares a day, this signifies a pretty significant change over the norm. Tctc Ltd Llc accumulated 0.81% or 205,219 shares. Solaris Asset Management LLC now owns 1,940 shares of the company's stock valued at $124,000 after purchasing an additional 115 shares during the last quarter.

Adirondack Research & Management Inc, which manages about $287.86 million and $255.90 million US Long portfolio, upped its stake in Purecycle Corp (NASDAQ:PCYO) by 55,140 shares to 130,294 shares, valued at $977,000 in 2017Q3, according to the filing. (NYSE:MRK). Whalerock Point Prtnrs Limited Liability Company has 14,934 shares. Keybank Natl Association Oh holds 1.66M shares. 612.12 million shares or 2.65% less from 628.79 million shares in 2017Q2 were reported.

Analysts await Axcelis Technologies, Inc. The rating was maintained by Jefferies on Monday, July 17 with "Sell". Therefore 57% are positive. Ardelyx Inc had 15 analyst reports since August 18, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. The stock of Rouse Properties, Inc. The firm has "Buy" rating by Moffett Nathanson given on Tuesday, February 21. The company was downgraded on Wednesday, January 27 by Bank of America.

Several research firms recently weighed in on MRK. While the Short-Term Technical Indicators for the stock on 7-Day Average Directional Indicator shows "Buy" signal. The firm earned "Buy" rating on Tuesday, August 22 by Keefe Bruyette & Woods. The company was upgraded on Tuesday, December 12 by Nomura. Cowen & Co has "Market Perform" rating and $68 target.

Investors sentiment decreased to 0.66 in Q3 2017. Its the same as in 2017Q2. The shares were sold at an average price of $56.20, for a total value of $281,000.00. Ftb Advsrs holds 62,530 shares. Hyman Charles D owns 234,191 shares. Accredited holds 0.17% of its portfolio in Merck & Co., Inc. Trust Co Of Toledo Na Oh has 78,439 shares for 1.28% of their portfolio. Macguire Cheswick And Tuttle Inv Counsel, Connecticut-based fund reported 103,975 shares. Valley National Advisers stated it has 10,310 shares or 0.23% of all its holdings. (NYSE:MRK) or 8,587 shares. Trust Of Toledo Na Oh holds 1.17% or 29,290 shares in its portfolio. (NYSE:MRK). Macquarie has 1.28% invested in Merck & Co., Inc. 10 invested in 2.13% or 131,885 shares.

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