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MRK

Merck

$69.24

0.88 (1.29%)

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Merck calls lead puts 10:1

Merck calls lead puts 10:1. The stock up 78c to $69.15 and 10.6K Jan 70 - 72.5 call spreads bought for $1.12. While the spread is possibly a bullish earnings play - the company is due to report 10/25 - trade history shows a matching block of Jan 70 calls opened at $2.78 on 8/20. The call write rolled from Jan 65s with shares at $69.61 at that time. It's likely that the short calls are now being rolled to the higher 72.5 strike to adjust an overwrite and monetize the profit on the short 70 calls (which were bought back for $2.64 today). The adjustment expresses the view that shares will see limited upside through early-2019. Nov 70, Nov 75, and Oct 70 calls are next most active in Merck Friday. Total volume is 35K calls and 3.5K puts.

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MRK Merck
$69.24

0.88 (1.29%)

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MSCO
08/23/18
NO CHANGE
Target $74
MSCO
Overweight
Merck price target raised to $74 from $68 at Morgan Stanley
Morgan Stanley analyst David Risinger maintained an Overweight rating on Merck and raised his price target to $74 from $68, citing his expectation for operating leverage to become more visible in 2019 and pipeline progress to improve perception about prospects in the face of Januvia generics in January 2023. Looking ahead, Risinger projects Merck's 5-year CAGR from 2018-2023 for revenue growth of 3% and EPS growth of 8%. Risinger says he believes the primary driver of major pharma stock performance in recent months is "defensive rotation." Looking ahead, the analyst says to watch for U.S. pricing perception drivers in the coming months that could impact pharma stock performance, including potential additional HHS action on drug rebates, November election results and manufacturer communication and action on U.S. list prices by early January.
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HCWC
10/03/18
NO CHANGE
Target $4
HCWC
Buy
H.C. Wainwright positive on BioLineRx economic stake increase in BL-8040
H.C. Wainwright analyst Joseph Pantginis notes that BioLineRx (BLRX) announced the increase of its economic stake in BL-8040 from 60% to 80% from Biokine Therapeutics. The analyst believes that this transaction should signal increased confidence to investors as to the company's increased investment into BL-8040. Additionally, Pantginis argues that COMBAT data at ESMO later this month represents a potential tipping point for shares. COMBAT is a Phase 2a open-label study evaluating the safety and efficacy of BL-8040 in combination with pembrolizumab in patients with advanced pancreatic cancer in collaboration with Merck (MRK). He reiterates a Buy rating and $4 price target on BioLineRx shares.
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GUGG
10/08/18
INITIATION
Target $84
GUGG
Buy
Merck initiated with a Buy at Guggenheim
Guggenheim analyst Seamus Fernandez started Merck with a Buy rating and $84 price target, citing the sales and EPS upside he sees as Keytruda growth expands in the U.S. and globally. He also sees some partner products, such as Lynparza and Lenvima, along with the company's pipeline as being underappreciated, Fernandez tells investors.
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FBCO
10/11/18
NO CHANGE
Target $81
FBCO
Outperform
Merck price target raised to $81 from $71 at Credit Suisse
Credit Suisse analyst Vamil Divan raised his price target for Merck to $81 from $71, while reiterating an Outperform rating on the shares. While the shares have had a significant move this year, the analyst sees room for additional upside as the company continues to roll out Keytruda, most notably in the 1st line non-small cell lung setting. However, Divan also acknowledges longer-term investors remain concerned about how the company will navigate the Januvia patent expiration in mid-2022.

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