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Shares of Merck & Co. (NYSE:MRK) have received a consensus recommendation of “Buy” from the sixteen brokerages that are covering the stock, AnalystRatings.NET reports. Four analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and nine have assigned a buy rating to the company. The average 12-month target price among brokers that have issued ratings on the stock in the last year is $58.20.

Several analysts have recently commented on the stock. Analysts at Bank of America reiterated a “buy” rating on shares of Merck & Co. in a research note on Thursday. They now have a $62.00 price target on the stock. Separately, analysts at Jefferies Group raised their price target on shares of Merck & Co. to $61.00 in a research note on Monday, April 14th. They now have a “hold” rating on the stock. Finally, analysts at MKM Partners raised their price target on shares of Merck & Co. from $64.00 to $70.00 in a research note on Friday, April 11th. They now have a “buy” rating on the stock.

Shares of Merck & Co. (NYSE:MRK) opened at 57.4775 on Friday. Merck & Co. has a 1-year low of $44.60 and a 1-year high of $58.32. The stock has a 50-day moving average of $56.22 and a 200-day moving average of $51.74. The company has a market cap of $169.0 billion and a price-to-earnings ratio of 39.14.

Merck & Co. (NYSE:MRK) last posted its quarterly earnings results on Wednesday, February 5th. The company reported $0.88 earnings per share for the quarter, meeting the analysts’ consensus estimate of $0.88. The company had revenue of $11.30 billion for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $11.39 billion. During the same quarter last year, the company posted $0.83 earnings per share. Merck & Co.’s revenue was down 3.6% compared to the same quarter last year. Analysts expect that Merck & Co. will post $3.44 EPS for the current fiscal year.

Merck & Co, Inc (NYSE:MRK) is a global health care company that delivers health solutions through its prescription medicines, vaccines, biologic therapies, animal health, and consumer care products, which it markets directly and through its joint ventures.

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