Investors and analysts will be closely watching when the company next reports earnings numbers. Earnings results can offer insight into the overall profitability of a specific company. Sell-side equity analysts are looking for Merck & Company, Inc. (NYSE:MRK) to report quarterly EPS of $0.98. The company is slated to next report earnings on or around 2016-10-25 for the period ending on 2016-09-30.
Whether or not the company meets or beats this expectation, along with other factors, can often dictate where the share price might be headed in the near-term. Leading up to the release it’s also important to take note of the direction the estimates are headed as analyst revisions can often give an idea of Street sentiment on expected performance.
Most recently, Merck & Company, Inc. (NYSE:MRK) posted actual earnings of $0.93 per share against the $0.92 Zacks consensus estimate. This represents a surprise factor of 1.09% or a difference of $0.01. There are currently 12 brokerage firms covering Merck & Company, Inc., offering earnings per share estimates as well as future price target projections. On a consensus basis, analysts have pinned a $65.916 mean target price for the short term on the stock. The most lofty price projection sees the stock reaching $80 within the year, while the most conservative has a $56 target on the name. In looking at the standard deviation of all estimates, we arrive at 7.645.
Zacks provides a simpler approach for understanding analyst recommendations on stocks, using an integer based system which converts each recommendation into a 1-5 average, where 1 represents a Strong Buy and 5 a Strong Sell. Compiling all of the recommendations for the firm, Merck & Company, Inc. (NYSE:MRK) current has a mean recommendation of 2.08. Breaking those down we see that the ratings are as follows: 6 Strong Buy, 0 Rated Buy, 7 Rated Hold and 0 Rated Sell.
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