Hexavest Lowers stake in Merck & Co. (MRK)

Merck & Co. (MRK) : Hexavest reduced its stake in Merck & Co. by 6.35% during the most recent quarter end. The investment management company now holds a total of 2,036,074 shares of Merck & Co. which is valued at $120,169,087 after selling 138,158 shares in Merck & Co. , the firm said in a disclosure report filed with the SEC on Jul 14, 2016.Merck & Co. makes up approximately 1.79% of Hexavest’s portfolio.

Other Hedge Funds, Including , Boys Arnold Co Inc boosted its stake in MRK in the latest quarter, The investment management firm added 40,796 additional shares and now holds a total of 58,955 shares of Merck & Co. which is valued at $3,479,524. Merck & Co. makes up approx 0.58% of Boys Arnold Co Inc’s portfolio.Howland Capital Management reduced its stake in MRK by selling 307 shares or 0.63% in the most recent quarter. The Hedge Fund company now holds 48,471 shares of MRK which is valued at $2,876,754. Merck & Co. makes up approx 0.27% of Howland Capital Management’s portfolio.Needelman Asset Management Inc reduced its stake in MRK by selling 25 shares or 0.18% in the most recent quarter. The Hedge Fund company now holds 13,755 shares of MRK which is valued at $797,790. Merck & Co. makes up approx 2.29% of Needelman Asset Management Inc’s portfolio.New England Research Management reduced its stake in MRK by selling 500 shares or 1.29% in the most recent quarter. The Hedge Fund company now holds 38,124 shares of MRK which is valued at $2,211,192. Merck & Co. makes up approx 1.93% of New England Research Management’s portfolio.

Merck & Co. closed down -0.61 points or -1.02% at $59.02 with 87,69,171 shares getting traded on Monday. Post opening the session at $59, the shares hit an intraday low of $58.715 and an intraday high of $59.49 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 $0.89 EPS for the quarter, beating the analyst consensus estimate by $ 0.04 according to the earnings call on May 5, 2016. Analyst had a consensus of $0.85. The company had revenue of $9312.00 million for the quarter, compared to analysts expectations of $9445.10 million. The company’s revenue was down -1.2 % compared to the same quarter last year.During the same quarter in the previous year, the company posted $0.85 EPS.

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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