Merlin Entertainments PLC (LON:MERL) has earned an average rating of “Buy” from the sixteen brokerages that are covering the stock, Marketbeat Ratings reports. Four analysts have rated the stock with a hold recommendation and twelve have given a buy recommendation to the company. The average 1 year target price among brokerages that have issued ratings on the stock in the last year is GBX 443.07 ($6.12).

A number of research analysts recently commented on the company. Credit Suisse Group reaffirmed an “outperform” rating and issued a GBX 440 ($6.08) price target on shares of Merlin Entertainments in a research note on Friday. Berenberg Bank raised Merlin Entertainments to a “hold” rating and boosted their price target for the company from GBX 320 ($4.42) to GBX 360 ($4.97) in a research note on Friday. Morgan Stanley dropped their price target on Merlin Entertainments from GBX 470 ($6.49) to GBX 460 ($6.36) and set an “overweight” rating for the company in a research note on Friday. Shore Capital raised Merlin Entertainments to a “buy” rating and set a GBX 479 ($6.62) price target for the company in a research note on Thursday. Finally, Numis Securities reaffirmed a “buy” rating and issued a GBX 454 ($6.27) price target on shares of Merlin Entertainments in a research note on Thursday.

Merlin Entertainments (MERL) traded down GBX 2.30 ($0.03) during mid-day trading on Wednesday, reaching GBX 349.30 ($4.83). The company had a trading volume of 3,573,499 shares, compared to its average volume of 3,990,000. The firm has a market capitalization of $3,560.00 and a P/E ratio of 1,746.50. Merlin Entertainments has a fifty-two week low of GBX 317.10 ($4.38) and a fifty-two week high of GBX 537.50 ($7.43).

The firm also recently announced a dividend, which will be paid on Thursday, May 17th. Shareholders of record on Thursday, April 12th will be paid a dividend of GBX 5 ($0.07) per share. This is an increase from Merlin Entertainments’s previous dividend of $2.40. The ex-dividend date is Thursday, April 12th. This represents a yield of 1.34%.

In other Merlin Entertainments news, insider Charles Gurassa bought 69,504 shares of the stock in a transaction on Friday, March 2nd. The stock was purchased at an average price of GBX 360 ($4.97) per share, with a total value of £250,214.40 ($345,695.50).

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About Merlin Entertainments

Merlin Entertainments plc is a United Kingdom-based entertainment company. The Company operates through three business segments: Midway Attractions, LEGOLAND Parks and Resort Theme Parks. Its products include Midway attractions, which are smaller, indoor attractions located in city centers or resorts, and Theme parks, which are larger multi-day destination venues, with on-site themed accommodation.

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