Asset Advisors Decreased Merck & Co (MRK) Position; Navios Maritime Acquisition (NNA) Has 0.8 Sentiment

February 20, 2018 - By Dolores Ford

Asset Advisors Corp decreased Merck & Co (MRK) stake by 3.4% reported in 2017Q3 SEC filing. Asset Advisors Corp sold 4,887 shares as Merck & Co (MRK)’s stock declined 2.46%. The Asset Advisors Corp holds 138,963 shares with $8.90 million value, down from 143,850 last quarter. Merck & Co now has $153.36B valuation. The stock increased 0.54% or $0.3 during the last trading session, reaching $56.29. About 11.73M shares traded. Merck & Co., Inc. (NYSE:MRK) has risen 16.86% since February 20, 2017 and is uptrending. It has outperformed by 0.16% the S&P500.

Navios Maritime Acquisition Corporation provides marine transportation services worldwide. The company has market cap of $118.06 million. It owns a fleet of crude oil, refined petroleum product, and chemical tankers. It currently has negative earnings. The firm charters its vessels to oil companies, refiners, and large vessel operators under long, medium, and short term charters.

Among 24 analysts covering Merck & Co. Inc. (NYSE:MRK), 17 have Buy rating, 0 Sell and 7 Hold. Therefore 71% are positive. Merck & Co. Inc. had 79 analyst reports since August 13, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. The firm earned “Neutral” rating on Monday, May 9 by Credit Suisse. The stock of Merck & Co., Inc. (NYSE:MRK) earned “Sell” rating by Jefferies on Thursday, May 25. The stock of Merck & Co., Inc. (NYSE:MRK) has “Hold” rating given on Friday, November 3 by Cowen & Co. Barclays Capital maintained it with “Overweight” rating and $72 target in Friday, September 9 report. The rating was upgraded by Bank of America on Thursday, October 13 to “Buy”. Barclays Capital downgraded the shares of MRK in report on Monday, October 30 to “Equal-Weight” rating. The stock of Merck & Co., Inc. (NYSE:MRK) has “Hold” rating given on Tuesday, January 16 by Jefferies. The stock has “Market Perform” rating by BMO Capital Markets on Monday, July 18. SunTrust maintained the stock with “Buy” rating in Friday, July 28 report. The stock of Merck & Co., Inc. (NYSE:MRK) earned “Buy” rating by Guggenheim on Thursday, January 12.

Investors sentiment decreased to 1.06 in Q3 2017. Its down 0.01, from 1.07 in 2017Q2. It turned negative, 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. Cullinan Associates Incorporated reported 1.14% of its portfolio in Merck & Co., Inc. (NYSE:MRK). Rmsincerbeaux Cap Mgmt Limited Liability stated it has 0.42% of its portfolio in Merck & Co., Inc. (NYSE:MRK). New York-based Teachers Insur And Annuity Association Of America has invested 0.28% in Merck & Co., Inc. (NYSE:MRK). Stearns Fin Svcs Gru holds 8,805 shares. Grisanti Limited Liability holds 0.31% of its portfolio in Merck & Co., Inc. (NYSE:MRK) for 11,940 shares. Thompson Siegel Walmsley Llc has invested 0.08% of its portfolio in Merck & Co., Inc. (NYSE:MRK). Triangle Securities Wealth Management invested 0.57% of its portfolio in Merck & Co., Inc. (NYSE:MRK). Old Mutual Customised Solutions (Proprietary) invested in 0.92% or 106,202 shares. Gemmer Asset Ltd owns 17,272 shares. Principal Grp reported 6.85 million shares. Staley Advisers holds 0.03% or 5,380 shares. Hudock Cap Gru Llc holds 1.16% in Merck & Co., Inc. (NYSE:MRK) or 38,777 shares. Shamrock Asset Mgmt Ltd Liability Com stated it has 0.01% of its portfolio in Merck & Co., Inc. (NYSE:MRK). Garde has 4,265 shares for 0.05% of their portfolio. Hbk LP invested in 0.29% or 576,600 shares.

The stock increased 0.58% or $0.0045 during the last trading session, reaching $0.7853. About 496,849 shares traded. Navios Maritime Acquisition Corporation (NNA) has declined 4.17% since February 20, 2017 and is downtrending. It has underperformed by 20.87% the S&P500.

Owl Creek Asset Management L.P. holds 0.19% of its portfolio in Navios Maritime Acquisition Corporation for 2.76 million shares. Spark Investment Management Llc owns 438,500 shares or 0.03% of their US portfolio. Moreover, Bridgeway Capital Management Inc has 0.01% invested in the company for 771,000 shares. The Missouri-based First Heartland Consultants Inc. has invested 0.01% in the stock. Joel Isaacson & Co. Llc, a New York-based fund reported 24,640 shares.

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