BMO Capital Upgrades Merck & Co. to Outperform with Price Target $72.00

Brokerage firm BMO Capital Upgrades its rating on Merck & Co.(NYSE:MRK). In a research note issued to the investors, the brokerage major Raises the price-target to $72.00 per share. The shares have been rated Outperform. Previously, the analysts had a Market Perform rating on the shares. The rating by BMO Capital was issued on Aug 5, 2016.

In a different note, On Jul 18, 2016, BMO Capital said it Downgrades its rating on Merck & Co.. The shares have been rated ‘Market Perform’ by the firm. On Jul 14, 2016, Jefferies said it Maintains its rating on Merck & Co.. In the research note, the firm Raises the price-target to $50.00 per share. The shares have been rated ‘Hold’ by the firm. On Jun 14, 2016, Jefferies said it Maintains its rating on Merck & Co.. In the research note, the firm Lowers the price-target to $54.00 per share. The shares have been rated ‘Hold’ by the firm. On May 9, 2016, Credit Suisse said it Maintains its rating on Merck & Co.. In the research note, the firm Raises the price-target to $56.00 per share. The shares have been rated ‘Neutral’ by the firm.

Merck & Co. (MRK) made into the market gainers list on Wednesdays trading session with the shares advancing 0.40% or 0.25 points. Due to strong positive momentum, the stock ended at $63.29, which is also near the day’s high of $63.43. The stock began the session at $63.03 and the volume stood at 82,71,531 shares. The 52-week high of the shares is $64 and the 52 week low is $45.69. The company has a current market capitalization of $175,010 M and it has 2,76,52,08,200 shares in outstanding.

Merck & Co. has also declared a cash dividend of $0.4600 on Jul 26, 2016. The shares will quote ex-dividend on Sep 13, 2016 and the record date has been fixed on Sep 15, 2016. The dividend payable date has been fixed on Oct 7, 2016.

Merck & Co.(MRK) last announced its earnings results on Jul 29, 2016 for Fiscal Year 2016 and Q2.Company reported revenue of $9.84B. Analysts had an estimated revenue of $9.79B. Earnings per share were $0.93. Analysts had estimated an EPS of $0.91.

Several Insider Transactions has been reported to the SEC. On Jul 5, 2016, Weir Mirian M Graddick (Exe V-P, HR) sold 45,000 shares at $57.96 per share price.Also, On Jul 5, 2016, Kenneth C Frazier (Chairman, President & CEO) sold 60,000 shares at $58.00 per share price.On Jul 1, 2016, Adam H Schechter (EVP & Pres-Global Human Health) sold 50,000 shares at $57.69 per share price, according to the Form-4 filing with the securities and exchange commission.

Merck & Co. Inc. is a global health care company. The Company offers health solutions through its prescription medicines vaccines biologic therapies and animal health products which it markets directly and through its joint ventures. The Company’s Pharmaceutical segment includes human health pharmaceutical and vaccine products marketed either directly by the Company or through joint ventures. Human health pharmaceutical products consist of therapeutic and preventive agents generally sold by prescription for the treatment of human disorders. The Company sells these human health pharmaceutical products primarily to drug wholesalers and retailers hospitals government agencies and managed health care providers. The Animal Health segment discovers develops manufactures and markets animal health products including vaccines. The Company’s animal health products are sold to veterinarians distributors and animal producers.

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