Merck & Company, Inc. (NYSE:MRK) most recently reported quarterly actual earnings per share of $0.93 for the period ending on 2016-06-30. Prior to the company reporting, consensus estimates based on data from Zacks Research projected the company to report EPS of $0.92. The difference between the estimate and the actual EPS was $0.01 creating a surprise factor of 1.09%. Currently, the company has an impact score of 41. The likelihood that the stock will move on news is greater with a higher impact score. According to Beta Research, the stock has a sentiment score of 0.031. On a scale between 1 and -1, a positive score tends to portray a favorable view of company results by news outlets. The opposite is true for a negative sentiment score.

In taking a look at where the stock might be headed, analysts have a consensus price target of $65.916 on the shares. The most bullish brokerage firm has a $80 target, while the most bearish sees the stock headed towards $56. This is according to the 12 estimates taken into consideration by Zacks Research.

In terms of Buy/Sell recommendations, analysts have a consensus rating of 2.08. This is according to a simplified scale where 1 represents a Strong Buy and 5 a Strong Sell recommendation. There were 12 recommendations taking into account in order to arrive at this number. Of the 12, 6 have a Strong Buy rating and 0 are rating it a Buy.


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