Apollon Wealth Management LLC acquired a new position in shares of Merck & Co., Inc. (NYSE:MRK) in the fourth quarter, according to the company in its most recent filing with the SEC. The firm acquired 4,714 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $351,000.
A number of other institutional investors also recently bought and sold shares of MRK. Contravisory Investment Management Inc. increased its position in Merck & Co., Inc. by 186.4% during the 4th quarter. Contravisory Investment Management Inc. now owns 653 shares of the company’s stock worth $50,000 after purchasing an additional 425 shares in the last quarter. Arlington Partners LLC increased its position in Merck & Co., Inc. by 93.5% during the 4th quarter. Arlington Partners LLC now owns 828 shares of the company’s stock worth $63,000 after purchasing an additional 400 shares in the last quarter. Advisors Preferred LLC purchased a new stake in Merck & Co., Inc. during the 4th quarter worth about $66,000. Financial Gravity Companies Inc. purchased a new stake in Merck & Co., Inc. during the 4th quarter worth about $66,000. Finally, Mark Sheptoff Financial Planning LLC increased its position in Merck & Co., Inc. by 150.0% during the 4th quarter. Mark Sheptoff Financial Planning LLC now owns 1,000 shares of the company’s stock worth $76,000 after purchasing an additional 600 shares in the last quarter. Hedge funds and other institutional investors own 73.85% of the company’s stock.
A number of analysts recently commented on MRK shares. BMO Capital Markets cut Merck & Co., Inc. from an “outperform” rating to a “market perform” rating and set a $80.00 price objective for the company. in a research report on Wednesday, January 23rd. Zacks Investment Research cut Merck & Co., Inc. from a “strong-buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Thursday, January 24th. Argus lifted their price objective on Merck & Co., Inc. to $95.00 and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a research report on Wednesday, February 20th. Cantor Fitzgerald started coverage on Merck & Co., Inc. in a report on Friday, February 22nd. They issued an “overweight” rating and a $95.00 price target for the company. Finally, ValuEngine cut Merck & Co., Inc. from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Thursday, April 18th. Three analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and thirteen have assigned a buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock has an average rating of “Buy” and a consensus price target of $82.92.
MRK opened at $77.55 on Thursday. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.82, a current ratio of 1.37 and a quick ratio of 1.06. The stock has a market capitalization of $207.80 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 17.87, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 1.83 and a beta of 0.58. Merck & Co., Inc. has a 12 month low of $57.49 and a 12 month high of $83.85.
Merck & Co., Inc. (NYSE:MRK) last posted its quarterly earnings results on Tuesday, April 30th. The company reported $1.22 EPS for the quarter, beating the consensus estimate of $1.05 by $0.17. The company had revenue of $10.82 billion during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $10.45 billion. Merck & Co., Inc. had a return on equity of 39.85% and a net margin of 19.50%. The firm’s revenue was up 7.8% on a year-over-year basis. During the same quarter in the previous year, the business earned $1.05 EPS. As a group, sell-side analysts forecast that Merck & Co., Inc. will post 4.72 EPS for the current fiscal year.
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Merck & Co., Inc. Profile
Merck & Co, Inc provides healthcare solutions worldwide. It operates through four segments: Pharmaceutical, Animal Health, Healthcare Services, and Alliances. The company offers therapeutic and preventive agents to treat cardiovascular, type 2 diabetes, chronic hepatitis C virus, HIV-1 infection, intra-abdominal, fungal infection, insomnia, and inflammatory diseases.
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