HSBC reissued their buy rating on shares of Merlin Entertainments (LON:MERL) in a report issued on Friday morning.
Several other analysts also recently issued reports on the company. Barclays reissued an overweight rating and issued a GBX 480 ($6.78) price target on shares of Merlin Entertainments in a research note on Thursday, December 7th. Deutsche Bank reissued a buy rating on shares of Merlin Entertainments in a research note on Monday, February 19th. JPMorgan Chase reissued a neutral rating and issued a GBX 395 ($5.58) price target on shares of Merlin Entertainments in a research note on Thursday, February 1st. Finally, Peel Hunt dropped their price target on Merlin Entertainments from GBX 530 ($7.49) to GBX 450 ($6.36) and set a buy rating on the stock in a research note on Tuesday, December 19th. Four analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and eleven have given a buy rating to the company. The company presently has an average rating of Buy and an average target price of GBX 443.79 ($6.27).
MERL opened at GBX 346.20 ($4.89) on Friday. Merlin Entertainments has a 1 year low of GBX 317.10 ($4.48) and a 1 year high of GBX 537.50 ($7.60).
The business also recently announced a dividend, which will be paid on Thursday, May 17th. Investors of record on Thursday, April 12th will be given a GBX 5 ($0.07) dividend. The ex-dividend date is Thursday, April 12th. This represents a dividend yield of 1.34%. This is an increase from Merlin Entertainments’s previous dividend of $2.40.
In related news, insider Charles Gurassa bought 69,504 shares of the stock in a transaction that occurred on Friday, March 2nd. The shares were acquired at an average price of GBX 360 ($5.09) per share, with a total value of £250,214.40 ($353,659.93).
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Merlin Entertainments Company Profile
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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