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Jefferies Group Boosted Vulcan Matls Co (VMC) Position By $6.16 Million; Primecap Management Company Upped Its Merck & Company (MRK) Position

Jefferies Group Llc increased Vulcan Matls Co (VMC) stake by 379.75% reported in 2017Q3 SEC filing. Jefferies Group Llc acquired 51,749 shares as Vulcan Matls Co (VMC)’s stock rose 5.55%. The Jefferies Group Llc holds 65,376 shares with $7.82M value, up from 13,627 last quarter. Vulcan Matls Co now has $16.46B valuation. The stock decreased 1.70% or $2.15 during the last trading session, reaching $124.42. About 1.35 million shares traded. Vulcan Materials Company (NYSE:VMC) has risen 10.59% since February 20, 2017 and is uptrending. It has underperformed by 6.11% the S&P500.

Primecap Management Company increased Merck & Company (MRK) stake by 6.16% reported in 2017Q3 SEC filing. Primecap Management Company acquired 314,800 shares as Merck & Company (MRK)’s stock declined 2.46%. The Primecap Management Company holds 5.43M shares with $347.45 million value, up from 5.11 million last quarter. Merck & Company now has $150.12B valuation. The stock decreased 2.11% or $1.1885 during the last trading session, reaching $55.1015. About 8.78M 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.

Primecap Management Company decreased Asml Holding Nv (NASDAQ:ASML) stake by 97,700 shares to 1.70 million valued at $291.73M in 2017Q3. It also reduced United Parcel Svc Inc. (NYSE:UPS) stake by 60,700 shares and now owns 3.75M shares. Sanofi (NYSE:SNY) was reduced too.

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 has “Market Perform” rating given on Monday, October 30 by Leerink Swann. The firm has “Buy” rating by Bank of America given on Tuesday, November 28. The firm has “Outperform” rating by Credit Suisse given on Monday, February 5. The firm has “Sell” rating by Jefferies given on Friday, August 18. The stock has “Hold” rating by Jefferies on Thursday, August 27. The stock has “Outperform” rating by Credit Suisse on Wednesday, February 14. As per Tuesday, June 6, the company rating was maintained by BMO Capital Markets. The stock of Merck & Co., Inc. (NYSE:MRK) has “Buy” rating given on Thursday, October 13 by Bank of America. BMO Capital Markets maintained the stock with “Buy” rating in Friday, August 4 report. On Wednesday, August 30 the stock rating was maintained by Credit Suisse with “Outperform”.

Investors sentiment decreased to 1.06 in Q3 2017. Its down 0.01, from 1.07 in 2017Q2. It worsened, 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. Endurance Wealth Mgmt Inc holds 0.09% or 8,725 shares. Cypress Cap, Florida-based fund reported 61,078 shares. L S Advisors, a California-based fund reported 45,094 shares. Lawson Kroeker Mgmt Ne reported 0.24% in Merck & Co., Inc. (NYSE:MRK). Retail Bank reported 1.40M shares or 1.26% of all its holdings. Vigilant Cap Ltd Liability Corporation stated it has 1,646 shares or 0.02% of all its holdings. Everett Harris And Ca invested 0.11% of its portfolio in Merck & Co., Inc. (NYSE:MRK). Schnieders Capital Ltd Company owns 29,974 shares. Clark Capital Grp Inc holds 486,313 shares or 1.05% of its portfolio. Com Of Virginia Va has 0.47% invested in Merck & Co., Inc. (NYSE:MRK) for 49,830 shares. Wealth Enhancement Advisory Services Lc holds 32,923 shares. Brown Advisory Ltd Liability Com invested 1.27% of its portfolio in Merck & Co., Inc. (NYSE:MRK). Massachusetts Communications Ma has invested 0.35% in Merck & Co., Inc. (NYSE:MRK). Destination Wealth Mngmt holds 0.03% in Merck & Co., Inc. (NYSE:MRK) or 7,012 shares. Riverpoint Lc stated it has 1.52% of its portfolio in Merck & Co., Inc. (NYSE:MRK).

Jefferies Group Llc decreased Duke Energy Corp New (Call) (NYSE:DUK) stake by 14,700 shares to 17,500 valued at $1.47M in 2017Q3. It also reduced Campbell Soup Co (NYSE:CPB) stake by 158,095 shares and now owns 46,755 shares. Bank New York Mellon Corp (Call) (NYSE:BK) was reduced too.

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