Investors purchased shares of Marsh & McLennan Companies, Inc. (NYSE:MMC) on weakness during trading on Thursday. $49.29 million flowed into the stock on the tick-up and $32.27 million flowed out of the stock on the tick-down, for a money net flow of $17.02 million into the stock. Of all stocks tracked, Marsh & McLennan Companies had the 29th highest net in-flow for the day. Marsh & McLennan Companies traded down ($0.13) for the day and closed at $78.84

A number of research firms have commented on MMC. Keefe, Bruyette & Woods reaffirmed a “buy” rating and issued a $83.00 price objective on shares of Marsh & McLennan Companies in a report on Friday, August 18th. Zacks Investment Research raised shares of Marsh & McLennan Companies from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Monday, July 31st. Jefferies Group LLC reaffirmed a “hold” rating and issued a $87.00 price objective (up previously from $80.00) on shares of Marsh & McLennan Companies in a report on Monday, July 24th. Wells Fargo & Company reaffirmed a “buy” rating on shares of Marsh & McLennan Companies in a report on Thursday, July 27th. Finally, BidaskClub downgraded shares of Marsh & McLennan Companies from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a report on Saturday, August 26th. One research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, four have assigned a hold rating and ten have issued a buy rating to the stock. Marsh & McLennan Companies presently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and an average price target of $81.56.

The stock has a market capitalization of $42.00 billion, a P/E ratio of 22.64 and a beta of 0.98. The stock’s 50-day moving average is $78.20 and its 200 day moving average is $76.16.

Marsh & McLennan Companies (NYSE:MMC) last announced its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, July 27th. The financial services provider reported $1.00 earnings per share for the quarter, meeting analysts’ consensus estimates of $1.00. Marsh & McLennan Companies had a return on equity of 28.56% and a net margin of 13.97%. The firm had revenue of $3.50 billion for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $3.55 billion. During the same period in the prior year, the business posted $0.91 earnings per share. The business’s revenue was up 3.5% compared to the same quarter last year. On average, analysts expect that Marsh & McLennan Companies, Inc. will post $3.81 EPS for the current year.

In other Marsh & McLennan Companies news, SVP E Scott Gilbert sold 30,000 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction on Monday, August 21st. The stock was sold at an average price of $77.31, for a total value of $2,319,300.00. Following the sale, the senior vice president now directly owns 68,427 shares in the company, valued at $5,290,091.37. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is accessible through this hyperlink. Corporate insiders own 1.46% of the company’s stock.

A number of large investors have recently made changes to their positions in the business. CWM LLC grew its position in Marsh & McLennan Companies by 0.7% in the second quarter. CWM LLC now owns 1,774 shares of the financial services provider’s stock valued at $138,000 after acquiring an additional 13 shares during the period. IFP Advisors Inc grew its position in Marsh & McLennan Companies by 0.3% in the second quarter. IFP Advisors Inc now owns 5,578 shares of the financial services provider’s stock valued at $435,000 after acquiring an additional 18 shares during the period. Wetherby Asset Management Inc. grew its position in Marsh & McLennan Companies by 0.4% in the second quarter. Wetherby Asset Management Inc. now owns 5,038 shares of the financial services provider’s stock valued at $393,000 after acquiring an additional 19 shares during the period. United Capital Financial Advisers LLC grew its position in Marsh & McLennan Companies by 0.3% in the first quarter. United Capital Financial Advisers LLC now owns 8,519 shares of the financial services provider’s stock valued at $629,000 after acquiring an additional 22 shares during the period. Finally, Guardian Life Insurance Co. of America grew its position in Marsh & McLennan Companies by 1.8% in the first quarter. Guardian Life Insurance Co. of America now owns 1,989 shares of the financial services provider’s stock valued at $147,000 after acquiring an additional 35 shares during the period. Hedge funds and other institutional investors own 84.87% of the company’s stock.

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Marsh & McLennan Companies Company Profile

Marsh & McLennan Companies, Inc is a professional services firm offering clients advice and solutions in risk, strategy and people. The Company is the parent company of various risk advisors and specialty consultants, including Marsh, the insurance broker; Guy Carpenter, the risk and reinsurance specialist; Mercer, the provider of human resource and investment related financial advice and services, and Oliver Wyman Group, the management and economic consultancy.

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