Morgan Stanley Reiterates €103.00 Price Target for Merck KGaA (MRK)

There are 2 sell ratings, 7 hold ratings, 10 buy ratings on the stock. The Amf Pensionsforsakring Ab holds 2.95 million shares with $173.70M value, up from 2.36 million last quarter. About 2.52M shares traded. (NYSE:MRK) during the first quarter, according to its most recent disclosure with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Howard Cap Management has invested 2.73% of its portfolio in Merck & Co., Inc. (NYSE:MRK). 34,371 are held by Roundview Capital Limited Liability Company. The stock declined 0.92% or $0.54 reaching $58.68 per share. About 402,175 shares traded. It has outperformed by 105.47% the S&P500. JT Stratford LLC acquired a new position in Merck & Co. during the fourth quarter valued at about $2,394,000. The company reported $0.88 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, topping the Zacks' consensus estimate of $0.83 by $0.05. They expect $0.88 earnings per share, down 5.38% or $0.05 from last year's $0.93 per share. PFS's profit will be $24.20M for 16.74 P/E if the $0.36 EPS becomes a reality. DZ Bank AG reissued a buy rating on shares of Merck KGaA in a research note on Tuesday, February 7th.

On 5/24/2016 Merck & Co. announced a quarterly dividend of $0.46 3.25% with an ex dividend date of 6/13/2016 which will be payable on 7/8/2016. "Is A Buy" on May 04, 2017, also Seekingalpha.com with their article: "Merck Cements Its Lung Cancer Lead" published on May 12, 2017, Reuters.com published: "Merck, Upsher-Smith to pay $60 million in "pay-for-delay" drug case" on May 16, 2017. Is A Buy" published on May 04, 2017, Seekingalpha.com published: "Keytruda Gets Hot And Propels Merck: "Analysis" on May 11, 2017. MD boosted its stake in shares of Merck & Co.by 88.7% in the third quarter. 22,348 are held by Zeke Capital Advsr Limited Com.

The current consensus rating on Merck & Co. Therefore 71% are positive. The firm has "Sector Perform" rating by RBC Capital Markets given on Wednesday, September 9. As per Friday, January 13, the company rating was initiated by Bryan Garnier & Cie.

Dividend information for Merck & Co. (NYSE:MRK) has "Buy" rating given on Thursday, October 13 by Bank of America. The firm has "Buy" rating given on Wednesday, April 6 by Societe Generale. (NYSE:MRK) has "Hold" rating given on Thursday, August 27 by Berenberg. Needham maintained Finisar Corporation (NASDAQ:FNSR) rating on Monday, September 19. (NYSE:MRK) has "Overweight" rating given on Friday, September 9 by Barclays Capital. The firm has "Overweight" rating by Piper Jaffray given on Thursday, January 12.

Amf Pensionsforsakring Ab decreased Whirlpool Corp (NYSE:WHR) stake by 127,912 shares to 168,698 valued at $30.66 million in 2016Q4. It also upped Target Corp (NYSE:TGT) stake by 10,112 shares and now owns 52,683 shares.

Investors sentiment increased to 1.1 in Q4 2016. Its up 0.05, from 1.05 in 2016Q3. Earlier this month, Robert Kidder, a Director at MRK sold 5,000 shares for a total of $317,650.

Other hedge funds and other institutional investors have also made changes to their positions in the company. State Board Of Administration Of Florida Retirement reported 0.71% in Merck & Co., Inc. (NYSE:MRK) for 7,423 shares. New Jersey Better Educational Savings holds 25,000 shares or 0.94% of its portfolio. (NYSE:MRK). 18,439 were accumulated by Savant. Putnam Fl Investment Mngmt Com has 14,292 shares. New York-based Blackrock has invested 0.54% in Merck & Co., Inc. Life Trust holds 0.64% in Merck & Co., Inc. (NYSE:MRK) for 13,590 shares.

Provident Financial Services Inc.is a holding firm for The Provident Bank. (NYSE:MRK) for 107,759 shares. Clarivest Asset Mgmt Limited Co owns 5,652 shares. Merck & Co Inc New now has $177.27B valuation. (NYSE:MRK) last issued its quarterly earnings results on Tuesday, May 2nd. 5,825 are held by Northern Cap Ltd Liability. (NYSE:MRK) for 3,533 shares. Finally, Gradient Investments LLC increased its stake in Merck & Co.by 41.3% in the first quarter. Martin Marietta Matls Inc (NYSE:MLM) was reduced too. More interesting news about MGE Energy, Inc.

NantHealth, Inc. (NASDAQ:NH) announced the appointment of Ronald A. Louks as its Chief Operating Officer.

Keeley Asset Management Corp holds 1.59% of its portfolio in Provident Financial Services, Inc. for 1.32 million shares.

Investors sentiment decreased to 1.24 in Q4 2016. Its down 0.17, from 1.43 in 2016Q3. The overall volume in the last trading session was 410947 shares. 111 funds opened positions while 527 raised stakes. Vanguard Grp Inc Inc Inc reported 3.20 million shares. (NASDAQ:NH) shares moved to $3.19 after starting the day at $3.18. Vigilant Mngmt Lc has invested 0.01% in TJX Companies Inc (NYSE:TJX). Allianz Asset Ag invested in 620,232 shares. Bedrijfstakpensioenfonds Voor De Media Pno, a Netherlands-based fund reported 345,600 shares. Ci Invs Incorporated accumulated 759,321 shares or 0.49% of the stock. Quantres Asset Management has 21,000 shares for 0.86% of their portfolio. Kcg stated it has 0.01% of its portfolio in MGE Energy, Inc.

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