Woodstock Has Lowered Merck & Co (MRK) Holding By $329,280; WESTBURY BANCORP (WBBW) Shorts Down By 5%

Woodstock Corp decreased Merck & Co Inc (MRK) stake by 3.91% reported in 2017Q3 SEC filing. Woodstock Corp sold 5,145 shares as Merck & Co Inc (MRK)’s stock declined 2.46%. The Woodstock Corp holds 126,372 shares with $8.09 million value, down from 131,517 last quarter. Merck & Co Inc now has $166.68B valuation. The stock decreased 0.84% or $0.52 during the last trading session, reaching $61.18. About 13.48 million shares traded or 0.42% up from the average. Merck & Co., Inc. (NYSE:MRK) has risen 16.86% since January 25, 2017 and is uptrending. It has outperformed by 0.16% the S&P500.

WESTBURY BANCORP INCORPORATED (OTCMKTS:WBBW) had a decrease of 5% in short interest. WBBW’s SI was 1,900 shares in January as released by FINRA. Its down 5% from 2,000 shares previously. With 12,400 avg volume, 0 days are for WESTBURY BANCORP INCORPORATED (OTCMKTS:WBBW)’s short sellers to cover WBBW’s short positions. It closed at $24 lastly. It is down 0.00% since January 25, 2017 and is . It has underperformed by 16.70% the S&P500.

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. Wealthtrust Axiom holds 50,712 shares. 183,190 are held by Guinness Asset Management. 101,238 were reported by Beddow Cap Management. Founders Fin Secs Lc owns 12,204 shares for 0.28% of their portfolio. Wealthfront reported 68,948 shares. Wilbanks Smith & Thomas Asset Mgmt Lc stated it has 37,746 shares or 0.2% of all its holdings. Peak6 LP invested 0% in Merck & Co., Inc. (NYSE:MRK). Telos Cap Mngmt holds 19,192 shares or 0.47% of its portfolio. Bush Odonnell Invest Advsrs Inc stated it has 8,560 shares. Columbus Hill Cap Management Lp owns 695,172 shares. Glob Endowment Lp stated it has 0.52% in Merck & Co., Inc. (NYSE:MRK). Tiedemann Wealth Management Llc has 0.19% invested in Merck & Co., Inc. (NYSE:MRK). Shell Asset Mngmt reported 1.03 million shares or 1.02% of all its holdings. Rhumbline Advisers holds 0.61% or 4.39M shares. Segall Bryant Hamill Llc reported 0.19% in Merck & Co., Inc. (NYSE:MRK).

Among 23 analysts covering Merck & Co. Inc. (NYSE:MRK), 16 have Buy rating, 0 Sell and 7 Hold. Therefore 70% are positive. Merck & Co. Inc. has $7400 highest and $50 lowest target. $66.44’s average target is 8.60% above currents $61.18 stock price. Merck & Co. Inc. had 73 analyst reports since August 13, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. The firm has “Buy” rating by BMO Capital Markets given on Wednesday, July 19. The stock of Merck & Co., Inc. (NYSE:MRK) earned “Buy” rating by Citigroup on Monday, October 30. The firm earned “Outperform” rating on Tuesday, August 18 by BNP Paribas. The firm earned “Hold” rating on Thursday, November 16 by Jefferies. The company was maintained on Friday, September 8 by Credit Suisse. The firm has “Buy” rating given on Friday, July 28 by SunTrust. The company was downgraded on Monday, July 18 by BMO Capital Markets. The rating was maintained by Jefferies with “Sell” on Friday, October 20. The firm has “Buy” rating by Societe Generale given on Wednesday, April 6. BMO Capital Markets maintained Merck & Co., Inc. (NYSE:MRK) on Thursday, October 12 with “Outperform” rating.

Analysts await Merck & Co., Inc. (NYSE:MRK) to report earnings on February, 1. They expect $0.94 earnings per share, up 5.62% or $0.05 from last year’s $0.89 per share. MRK’s profit will be $2.56B for 16.27 P/E if the $0.94 EPS becomes a reality. After $1.11 actual earnings per share reported by Merck & Co., Inc. for the previous quarter, Wall Street now forecasts -15.32% negative EPS growth.

Westbury Bancorp, Inc. operates as a savings and loan holding firm for Westbury Bank that provides various banking and financial services and products for individuals, professionals, and businesses in the United States. The company has market cap of $92.40 million. The firm offers deposit accounts, such as non-interest-bearing and interest-bearing checking accounts, passbook and statement savings accounts, variable rate money market accounts, certificates of deposit, and term certificate accounts. It has a 31.58 P/E ratio. The Company’s loan portfolio includes commercial real estate loans, one-to four-family residential real estate loans, multi-family loans, commercial business loans, and construction loans; and consumer loans comprising home equity lines of credit and automobile loans, as well as education loans.