Merlin Entertainments PLC (LON:MERL) insider Anne-Francoise Nesmes bought 4,500 shares of the stock in a transaction on Monday, October 10th. The stock was purchased at an average cost of GBX 440 ($5.45) per share, with a total value of £19,800 ($24,504.95).

Merlin Entertainments PLC (LON:MERL) traded down 0.71% on Wednesday, hitting GBX 445.70. 958,873 shares of the company’s stock traded hands. The stock’s market cap is GBX 4.52 billion. The stock has a 50-day moving average of GBX 470.58 and a 200-day moving average of GBX 453.45. Merlin Entertainments PLC has a one year low of GBX 316.79 and a one year high of GBX 494.90.

The business also recently announced a dividend, which was paid on Monday, September 19th. Investors of record on Thursday, August 11th were given a GBX 2.20 ($0.03) dividend. This represents a dividend yield of 0.47%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Thursday, August 11th.

MERL has been the topic of a number of analyst reports. Barclays PLC reiterated an “overweight” rating and issued a GBX 500 ($6.19) price target on shares of Merlin Entertainments PLC in a research report on Tuesday, June 28th. JPMorgan Chase & Co. upgraded Merlin Entertainments PLC to a “neutral” rating and upped their price target for the company from GBX 440 ($5.45) to GBX 464 ($5.74) in a research report on Wednesday, June 29th. Panmure Gordon reiterated a “buy” rating and issued a GBX 515 ($6.37) price target on shares of Merlin Entertainments PLC in a research report on Wednesday, July 13th. Beaufort Securities reiterated a “buy” rating on shares of Merlin Entertainments PLC in a research report on Friday, July 29th. Finally, Kepler Capital Markets upped their price target on Merlin Entertainments PLC from GBX 420 ($5.20) to GBX 460 ($5.69) and gave the company a “hold” rating in a research report on Friday, July 29th. Five equities research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and eight have assigned a buy rating to the company. Merlin Entertainments PLC currently has an average rating of “Buy” and an average target price of GBX 477.78 ($5.91).

Merlin Entertainments PLC 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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