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Merck KGaA (MRK) Given a €116.00 Price Target at Berenberg Bank

Sfmg LLC now owns 21,582 shares of the company's stock valued at $1,371,000 after acquiring an additional 1,011 shares during the last quarter. About shares traded. Merck & Co., Inc. Merck KGaA (ETR:MRK) has risen 16.86% since September 14, 2016 and is uptrending. The Company's Pharmaceutical segment includes human health pharmaceutical and vaccine products marketed either directly by the Company or through joint ventures. Analysts anticipate that Merck & Company, Inc. will post $3.87 earnings per share for the current year. The Fund invests at least 80% of its managed assets in income-producing preferred, debt, and equity securities issued by companies.

Among 20 analysts covering Merck & Co. Thirteen equities research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and nine have given a buy rating to the company's stock. Therefore 75% are positive. The rating was maintained by BMO Capital Markets with "Buy" on Friday, August 4. The firm has "Buy" rating by BMO Capital Markets given on Friday, July 28.

DnB Asset Management AS trimmed its stake in Merck & Company, Inc. Credit Suisse maintained the shares of MRK in report on Wednesday, August 30 with "Outperform" rating. (NYSE:MRK) by 1.6% during the third quarter, according to its most recent disclosure with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The firm earned "Hold" rating on Thursday, August 27 by Jefferies. (NYSE:MRK) has "Neutral" rating given on Wednesday, January 27 by Bank of America. The rating was upgraded by BNP Paribas on Tuesday, August 18 to "Outperform". The fund owned 103,649 shares of the company's stock after buying an additional 1,650 shares during the period. Morgan Stanley upgraded the shares of MRK in report on Thursday, January 12 to "Overweight" rating. On Wednesday, April 12 the stock rating was maintained by Cowen & Co with "Market Perform".

Investors sentiment increased to 1.07 in Q4 2016. Its up 0.05, from 1.05 in 2016Q3. It improved, as 66 investors sold MRK shares while 603 reduced holdings. Albion Financial Group UT raised its stake in shares of Merck & Company by 2.3% in the second quarter. United Kingdom-based Glg Prtn LP has invested 0.1% in Merck & Co., Inc. (NYSE:MRK). Natl Bank Of Nova Scotia invested 0.14% of its portfolio in Merck & Co., Inc. (NYSE:MRK). Old Point Trust And Fin N A has invested 1.09% of its portfolio in Merck & Co., Inc. (NYSE:MRK). Next Group holds 0% or 52,772 shares in its portfolio. Redwood Investments Ltd has invested 0% in Merck & Co., Inc. Economic Planning Grp Adv owns 9,009 shares for 0.23% of their portfolio.

As of late the company also announced dividend for the quarter, expected to be paid on early Fri, Oct 6th. traders with a divided record date on Fri, Sep 15th will be issued a $0.47 dividend. After $1.01 actual EPS reported by Merck & Co., Inc. for the previous quarter, Wall Street now forecasts 1.98% EPS growth. Osterweis invested in 11,756 shares or 0.05% of the stock. (NYSE:MRK). Braun Stacey Associate stated it has 1.11% in Merck & Co., Inc.

Merck & (NYSE:MRK) last issued its earnings results on Friday, July 28th. (NYSE:MRK). Pring Turner Capital Gru holds 2.47% of its portfolio in Merck & Co., Inc.

Waters Parkerson & Company increased Philip Morris Intl Inc Com (NYSE:PM) stake by 7,588 shares to 269,610 valued at $24.67M in 2016Q4. During the same quarter in the prior year, the firm posted $0.93 earnings per share.

Analysts await Merck & Co., Inc. (NYSE:ALK). Wealthtrust reported 400 shares. MRK's profit will be $2.81B for 16.05 P/E if the $1.03 EPS becomes a reality. Evergreen Cap Mngmt invested in 0.05% or 4,091 shares. The New Jersey-based Private Advisor Group Llc has invested 0.06% in the stock. Atwood & Palmer Inc, a Missouri-based fund reported 143,085 shares.

Since January 1, 0001, it had 0 insider buys, and 2 sales for $2.73 million activity. About shares traded. Kingtone Wirelessinfo Solutions Hldg Ltd (NASDAQ:KONE) has risen 52.17% since September 14, 2016 and is uptrending. It has underperformed by 16.70% the S&P500.

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