Merck & Co. (MRK) : Argent Trust Co scooped up 2,081 additional shares in Merck & Co. during the most recent quarter end , the firm said in a disclosure report filed with the SEC on Aug 11, 2016. The investment management firm now holds a total of 71,293 shares of Merck & Co. which is valued at $4,516,412.Merck & Co. makes up approximately 1.37% of Argent Trust Co’s portfolio.
Other Hedge Funds, Including , Teachers Advisors Inc reduced its stake in MRK by selling 6,400 shares or 0.12% in the most recent quarter. The Hedge Fund company now holds 5,311,844 shares of MRK which is valued at $336,505,317. Merck & Co. makes up approx 0.56% of Teachers Advisors Inc’s portfolio.Carret Asset Management boosted its stake in MRK in the latest quarter, The investment management firm added 4,280 additional shares and now holds a total of 70,466 shares of Merck & Co. which is valued at $4,464,021. Merck & Co. makes up approx 0.82% of Carret Asset Management’s portfolio. Provise Management Group added MRK to its portfolio by purchasing 36,905 company shares during the most recent quarter which is valued at $2,127,573. Merck & Co. makes up approx 0.38% of Provise Management Group’s portfolio.Buckingham Asset Management reduced its stake in MRK by selling 165 shares or 0.73% in the most recent quarter. The Hedge Fund company now holds 22,320 shares of MRK which is valued at $1,286,748. Merck & Co. makes up approx 0.43% of Buckingham Asset Management’s portfolio.Sanders Morris Harris reduced its stake in MRK by selling 21,165 shares or 82.27% in the most recent quarter. The Hedge Fund company now holds 4,561 shares of MRK which is valued at $267,275. Merck & Co. makes up approx 0.07% of Sanders Morris Harris’s portfolio.
Merck & Co. opened for trading at $63.71 and hit $63.88 on the upside on Tuesday, eventually ending the session at $63.58, with a gain of 0.05% or 0.03 points. The heightened volatility saw the trading volume jump to 57,98,353 shares. Company has a market cap of $175,812 M.
On the company’s financial health, Merck & Co. reported $0.93 EPS for the quarter, beating the analyst consensus estimate by $ 0.02 according to the earnings call on Jul 29, 2016. Analyst had a consensus of $0.91. The company had revenue of $9844.00 million for the quarter, compared to analysts expectations of $9782.80 million. The company’s revenue was up .6% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same quarter in the previous year, the company posted $0.86 EPS.
Investors should note that on Jul 26, 2016, Merck & Co. announced a cash dividend of $0.4600. The company’s management has announced Sep 13, 2016 as the ex-dividend date and fixed the record date on Sep 15, 2016. The payable date has been fixed on Oct 7, 2016.
Many Wall Street Analysts have commented on Merck & Co.. Credit Suisse Upgraded Merck & Co. on Aug 8, 2016 to ” Outperform”, Price Target of the shares are set at $73.Company shares were Reiterated by Deutsche Bank on Aug 8, 2016 to “Hold”, Firm has raised the Price Target to $ 59 from a previous price target of $58 .
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 Companys 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 Companys animal health products are sold to veterinarians distributors and animal producers.