Merlin Entertainments (MERL) Receives “Overweight” Rating from Barclays

Merlin Entertainments (LON:MERL)‘s stock had its “overweight” rating reissued by investment analysts at Barclays in a research report issued on Thursday. They currently have a GBX 480 ($6.73) target price on the stock. Barclays’ price target would suggest a potential upside of 48.56% from the stock’s previous close.

A number of other research firms have also recently issued reports on MERL. Morgan Stanley dropped their price target on shares of Merlin Entertainments from GBX 580 ($8.13) to GBX 470 ($6.59) and set an “overweight” rating on the stock in a research note on Wednesday, October 18th. Peel Hunt decreased their price objective on Merlin Entertainments from GBX 450 ($6.31) to GBX 375 ($5.26) and set a “buy” rating on the stock in a report on Monday, February 5th. Numis Securities restated an “add” rating and issued a GBX 553 ($7.75) price objective on shares of Merlin Entertainments in a report on Monday, October 16th. Goldman Sachs Group decreased their price objective on Merlin Entertainments from GBX 470 ($6.59) to GBX 400 ($5.61) and set a “neutral” rating on the stock in a report on Friday, October 20th. Finally, JPMorgan Chase & Co. raised their price objective on Merlin Entertainments from GBX 385 ($5.40) to GBX 395 ($5.54) and gave the company a “neutral” rating in a report on Friday, January 12th. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, five have assigned a hold rating and ten have given a buy rating to the company. Merlin Entertainments presently has an average rating of “Buy” and an average price target of GBX 469.50 ($6.58).

Merlin Entertainments (LON:MERL) traded up GBX 2.80 ($0.04) during trading on Thursday, reaching GBX 323.10 ($4.53). 3,992,571 shares of the company were exchanged, compared to its average volume of 3,280,000. Merlin Entertainments has a 1 year low of GBX 317.60 ($4.45) and a 1 year high of GBX 537.50 ($7.54). The firm has a market cap of $3,290.00 and a PE ratio of 1,538.57.

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About Merlin Entertainments

Merlin Entertainments plc is a United Kingdom-based entertainment company. The Company operates through three business segments: Midway Attractions, LEGOLAND Parks and Resort Theme Parks. Its products include Midway attractions, which are smaller, indoor attractions located in city centers or resorts, and Theme parks, which are larger multi-day destination venues, with on-site themed accommodation.

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