Crawford Investment Counsel INC Holds Stake in Merck & Co INC (MRK)

March 14, 2018 - By Dolores Ford

Investors sentiment decreased to 1.06 in 2017 Q3. Its down 0.01, from 1.07 in 2017Q2. It dropped, as 46 investors sold MRK shares while 619 reduced holdings. 106 funds opened positions while 598 raised stakes. 1.96 billion shares or 0.47% more from 1.95 billion shares in 2017Q2 were reported. 1St Source Bank owns 129,760 shares for 0.69% of their portfolio. Howland Cap Management Ltd owns 43,827 shares for 0.23% of their portfolio. Brick And Kyle Associates reported 48,597 shares. Investec Asset Ltd has invested 0.02% in Merck & Co., Inc. (NYSE:MRK). Grandfield & Dodd Ltd Liability Com reported 343,623 shares or 2.47% of all its holdings. Mufg Americas Corp accumulated 461,405 shares. Farmers Merchants Investments invested in 110,485 shares. Hbk Investments Limited Partnership has 576,600 shares for 0.29% of their portfolio. Conning holds 1.35% or 621,345 shares. 7,693 are owned by Engineers Gate Manager Lp. Narwhal Cap reported 30,710 shares stake. Atalanta Sosnoff Cap Limited Liability Corp reported 20,045 shares or 0.04% of all its holdings. Bryn Mawr Trust reported 192,976 shares or 0.7% of all its holdings. Mirae Asset Global Invests Limited holds 170,926 shares or 0.2% of its portfolio. Teachers Retirement System Of The State Of Kentucky holds 0.35% or 449,212 shares in its portfolio.

Crawford Investment Counsel Inc increased its stake in Merck & Co Inc (MRK) by 3.62% based on its latest 2017Q3 regulatory filing with the SEC. Crawford Investment Counsel Inc bought 47,146 shares as the company’s stock declined 2.46% while stock markets rallied. The institutional investor held 1.35 million shares of the health care company at the end of 2017Q3, valued at $86.44M, up from 1.30 million at the end of the previous reported quarter. Crawford Investment Counsel Inc who had been investing in Merck & Co Inc for a number of months, seems to be bullish on the $146.63 billion market cap company. The stock decreased 0.92% or $0.5044 during the last trading session, reaching $54.3856. About 5.98M shares traded. Merck & Co., Inc. (NYSE:MRK) has risen 16.86% since March 14, 2017 and is uptrending. It has outperformed by 0.16% the S&P500.

Crawford Investment Counsel Inc, which manages about $4.53B and $3.08 billion US Long portfolio, decreased its stake in Coresite Rlty Corp (NYSE:COR) by 50,266 shares to 107,896 shares, valued at $12.07 million in 2017Q3, according to the filing. It also reduced its holding in Epr Pptys (NYSE:EPR) by 143,574 shares in the quarter, leaving it with 58,241 shares, and cut its stake in Glaxosmithkline Plc (NYSE:GSK).

More recent Merck & Co., Inc. (NYSE:MRK) news were published by: which released: “Merck: A True Value Play?” on March 10, 2018. Also published the news titled: “Merck (MRK) Presents at Cowen and Company 35th Annual Health Care Conference …” on March 13, 2018.‘s news article titled: “Eisai clinches Merck deal to develop and sell cancer drug, shares soar” with publication date: March 07, 2018 was also an interesting one.

Merck & Co., Inc. (NYSE:MRK) Ratings Coverage

Among 24 analysts covering Merck & Co. Inc. (NYSE:MRK), 18 have Buy rating, 0 Sell and 6 Hold. Therefore 75% are positive. Merck & Co. Inc. had 81 analyst reports since August 13, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. The firm has “Buy” rating by Guggenheim given on Thursday, January 12. The firm has “Market Perform” rating given on Monday, July 18 by BMO Capital Markets. The firm earned “Hold” rating on Friday, November 3 by Cowen & Co. The rating was maintained by Bernstein on Wednesday, November 15 with “Buy”. The stock of Merck & Co., Inc. (NYSE:MRK) earned “Hold” rating by SunTrust on Monday, October 30. The stock of Merck & Co., Inc. (NYSE:MRK) earned “Neutral” rating by Credit Suisse on Monday, May 9. Bryan Garnier & Cie initiated the stock with “Buy” rating in Friday, January 13 report. The firm has “Buy” rating given on Wednesday, October 18 by Citigroup. Berenberg initiated the shares of MRK in report on Tuesday, November 24 with “Buy” rating. The rating was initiated by Societe Generale with “Buy” on Wednesday, April 6.

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