Geneva Advisors Lowers stake in Merck & Co. (MRK)

Merck & Co. (MRK) : Geneva Advisors reduced its stake in Merck & Co. by 6.33% during the most recent quarter end. The investment management company now holds a total of 917,168 shares of Merck & Co. which is valued at $58,359,400 after selling 61,940 shares in Merck & Co. , the firm said in a disclosure report filed with the SEC on Aug 8, 2016.Merck & Co. makes up approximately 1.12% of Geneva Advisors’s portfolio.

Other Hedge Funds, Including , Hallmark Capital Management Inc boosted its stake in MRK in the latest quarter, The investment management firm added 16,841 additional shares and now holds a total of 46,190 shares of Merck & Co. which is valued at $2,949,693. Merck & Co. makes up approx 0.44% of Hallmark Capital Management Inc’s portfolio.Texan Capital Management reduced its stake in MRK by selling 235 shares or 0.31% in the most recent quarter. The Hedge Fund company now holds 74,998 shares of MRK which is valued at $4,323,635. Merck & Co. makes up approx 1.96% of Texan Capital Management’s portfolio.Amica Mutual Insurance Co reduced its stake in MRK by selling 22,680 shares or 12.93% in the most recent quarter. The Hedge Fund company now holds 152,680 shares of MRK which is valued at $8,802,002. Merck & Co. makes up approx 0.83% of Amica Mutual Insurance Co’s portfolio.Ferguson Wellman Capital Management Inc boosted its stake in MRK in the latest quarter, The investment management firm added 21,281 additional shares and now holds a total of 970,626 shares of Merck & Co. which is valued at $57,286,347. Merck & Co. makes up approx 2.33% of Ferguson Wellman Capital Management Inc’s portfolio.

Merck & Co. closed down -0.03 points or -0.05% at $63.32 with 66,50,069 shares getting traded on Monday. Post opening the session at $63.35, the shares hit an intraday low of $63.21 and an intraday high of $63.75 and the price fluctuated in this range throughout the day.Shares ended Monday session in Red.

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 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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