A Look At Recent Insider Trades For Merck & Co., Inc. (MRK)

Marco Green
August 22, 2017

The company reported $1.01 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating analysts' consensus estimates of $0.87 by $0.14. Merck & Co Inc now has $167.71B valuation. Schaper Benz & Wise Invest Counsel Wi reported 0.5% of its portfolio in Merck & Co., Inc. (NYSE:MRK) has risen 16.86% since August 22, 2016 and is uptrending. It has outperformed by 0.16% the S&P500. Pekin Singer Strauss Asset Management IL boosted its stake in shares of Merck & by 1.5% in the fourth quarter. 941,398 shares of the stock were exchanged. The Rock Point Advisors Llc holds 1.00M shares with $6.62M value, down from 1.19M last quarter. The stock decreased 0.59% or $0.34 on August 18, reaching $56.85.

Among 20 analysts covering Merck & Co. NICE Systems had 15 analyst reports since July 30, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. (NYSE:MRK). 676,979 are held by Nippon Life Insurance. Therefore 45% are positive. Bryan Garnier & Cie initiated Merck & Co., Inc. Aviance Cap Prns Ltd Co reported 0.32% in Merck & Co., Inc. Stephens maintained the shares of NBHC in report on Friday, April 21 with "Buy" rating. The firm earned "Underperform" rating on Monday, December 19 by Jefferies. (NYSE:MRK) on Thursday, January 12 to "Buy" rating. $66.57's average target is 7.42% above currents $61.97 stock price.

Trend Direction of Merck & Co., Inc. (NYSE MRK) traded up 0.53% during midday trading on Tuesday, hitting $62.30.

Investors sentiment increased to 1.1 in 2016 Q4. Its up 0.05, from 1.05 in 2016Q3. There were 76 sold out positions, amounting to 8.11 million shares. 128 funds opened positions while 609 raised stakes. (NYSE:MRK). Valley Advisers Inc reported 10,125 shares or 0.27% of all its holdings. 24,344 were reported by Smithfield Communications. Twin Tree Limited Partnership has invested 0.1% in Merck & Co., Inc. (NYSE:MRK). Albion Fin Grp Inc Ut stated it has 0.53% of its portfolio in Merck & Co., Inc. (NYSE:MRK). Robecosam Ag owns 78,584 shares. Cleararc Inc holds 0.66% of its portfolio in Merck & Co., Inc. (NYSE:MRK) is -1.69% below its 200-day moving average, providing a measure of resistance for long positions. JP Morgan maintained Merck & Co., Inc. (NYSE:MRK)'s 14-day Relative Strength Index (RSI) has reached 39.18, putting it inside a neutral zone. 9,439 are owned by Mizuho Secs Usa Inc. The insider now directly owns 13,148 shares worth $808,471. Great West Life Assurance Can reported 25,363 shares. Cadence Mngmt Ltd Liability Corporation has 200,573 shares for 0.83% of their portfolio. Semper Augustus Invs Gru Limited Liability has invested 3.43% in Merck & Co., Inc. Texas Permanent School Fund invested 0.03% of its portfolio in Hasbro, Inc. It is positive, as 66 investors sold MRK shares while 603 reduced holdings. The insider MEURER PAUL M sold $990,000. Berges Gonzalez Orlando sold $300,905 worth of stock. Another trade for 68,142 shares valued at $395,905 was sold by Garcia Calixto. Another trade for 6,000 shares valued at $35,280 was sold by PANCHAM CASSAN.

Investors sentiment increased to 1.1 in 2016 Q4. Investors use this ratio to decide what multiple of earnings a share is worth. 28 funds opened positions while 69 raised stakes. 170.81 million shares or 0.92% less from 172.40 million shares in 2016Q3 were reported. Washington Trust Fincl Bank has invested 0% in Realty Income Corp (NYSE:O). These analysts have also projected a Low Estimate of $0.97/share and a High Estimate of $1.07/share. Assetmark holds 18,864 shares. Kayne Anderson Rudnick Mngmt Lc invested in 0.05% or 73,793 shares. Zurcher Kantonalbank (Zurich Cantonalbank) owns 89,259 shares or 0.05% of their U.S. portfolio. The average return on assets for companies in the same sector is 0.83. Burgundy Asset Ltd invested in 5,047 shares or 0% of the stock. Bb&T Securities Lc holds 219,180 shares or 0.21% of its portfolio. Assetmark holds 18,864 shares. Gradient Investments LLC now owns 2,306 shares of the company's stock valued at $147,000 after buying an additional 674 shares in the last quarter. 396,922 are owned by Franklin Resources Inc. Moreover, Connor Clark Lunn Invest Mgmt has 0.01% invested in National Bank Holdings Corp (NYSE:NBHC). The rating was maintained by UBS on Monday, July 31 with "Buy". Therefore 40% are positive. The firm has "Neutral" rating given on Wednesday, January 27 by Bank of America. The stock has "Hold" rating by Jefferies on Thursday, August 27. (NASDAQ:HAS) has "Buy" rating given on Monday, June 19 by Jefferies. The firm has "Buy" rating given on Friday, August 4 by BMO Capital Markets. Stifel Nicolaus upgraded it to "Buy" rating and $49 target in Tuesday, September 8 report. The company was maintained on Monday, May 9 by Credit Suisse. The stock has "Buy" rating by Stifel Nicolaus on Thursday, October 29. (NASDAQ:HAS) news were published by: Seekingalpha.com which released: "Let's Talk About Toys" on August 14, 2017, also Nasdaq.com with their article: "Hasbro, Inc".

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