Merck (ETR:MRK) Stock Upgrade
Merck (ETR:MRK) shares were lifted by equity research analysts at Credit Suisse Group to a solid Buy rating in a very recent research note published today. Analysts presently have a EUR 104.00 Estimated Target Price on the shares. Credit Suisse Group’s Estimated Target Price provides a possible upside of 17.63%.
From a total of 18 analysts covering Merck (ETR:MRK) stock, 8 rate it a ”Buy”, 0 a “Sell”, and 11 a ”Hold”. This means that 42% of the ratings are positive. The highest target price is €72 while the lowest target price is €54. The mean of all analyst targets is €62.67 with a 12.10% above today’s (€88.32) stock price. Merck was the topic of 39 analyst reports since August 4, 2015 according to the firm StockzIntelligence Inc. Equinet maintained shares on December 14 with “Neutral” rating. Goldman Sachs maintained shares with “Neutral” rating and €95 target share price in a report from a December 10. Warburg Research upgraded MRK stock in a recent report from December 14 to “Buy” rating. Citigroup upgraded the rating on December 9. Citigroup has a “Buy” rating and a €104 price target on shares. Finally, Baader Wertpapierhandelsbank maintained the stock with “Hold” rating in a report issued on a December 12.
The stock increased 2.94% or EUR 2.52 on December 15, striking EUR 88.32. Approximately 616,951 shares of stock traded hands or 13.50% up from the average. Merck KGaA (ETR:MRK) has declined 10.61% since May 13, 2015 and is downtrending. It has underperformed by 6.93% the S&P500.
The overall sentiment of institutions has increased to 1.15 in Q2 2015. Its up 0.09, from 1.06 in 2015Q2. The ratio is positive, as 100 institutions have sold all the shares of Merck KGaA that they owned while 557 funds have taken shares off the table. 76 funds have purchased shares for the first time while 682 added to their positions. These institutions now hold 1.88 billion shares or 8.70% less than the 2.06 billion shares they owned in 2015Q2.
The Fund Srb Corp currently is holding shares equating to 10.39% of its total portfolio in Merck KGaA representing a total of 1.53 million shares. Another fund,Foundation Resource Management Inc, is holding a total of 676,176 shares equating to 7.18% of their holdings. Additionally, Orbis Investment Management (U.S.) Llc has a 153,319 share stake in Merck KGaA which represents 6.86% of their total portfolio. The Fund, Alpine Investment Management Llc, based out of Missouri, has also built up a stake in the stock, which represents a total of 6.05% of their total portfolio. Finally Gabalex Capital Management Llc, a fund which is based in the state of New York reported a total holdings of 275,000 shares.
Merck KGaA is a Germany-based company engaged in the pharmaceutical industry. The company has a market cap of 11.41 billion EUR. The Firm diversifies its activities into four business divisions: Merck Serono; Consumer Health; Merck Millipore, and Performance Materials. It has 30.26 P/E ratio. Within the Merck Serono division, the Company focuses on therapeutic areas and prescription drugs of chemical and biotechnological origin.
According to Zacks Investment Research, “Merck & Co., Inc. is a global research-driven pharmaceutical company dedicated to putting patients first. Established in 1891, Merck discovers, develops, manufactures and markets vaccines and medicines to address unmet medical needs. The company devotes extensive efforts to increase access to medicines through far-reaching programs that not only donate Merck medicines but help deliver them to the people who need them. Merck also publishes unbiased health information as a not-for-profit service.”