Merlin Entertainments (LON:MERL)‘s stock had its “overweight” rating reaffirmed by equities research analysts at Barclays in a report issued on Thursday. They currently have a GBX 480 ($6.46) price objective on the stock. Barclays’ target price would suggest a potential upside of 33.67% from the company’s previous close.

Several other equities research analysts have also recently weighed in on the company. Liberum Capital reissued a “hold” rating and issued a GBX 382 ($5.14) price target (down previously from GBX 515 ($6.93)) on shares of Merlin Entertainments in a research note on Monday, November 20th. Morgan Stanley reissued an “overweight” rating and issued a GBX 470 ($6.33) price target on shares of Merlin Entertainments in a research note on Wednesday, November 1st. Deutsche Bank cut their target price on Merlin Entertainments from GBX 600 ($8.08) to GBX 515 ($6.93) and set a “buy” rating on the stock in a research report on Monday, October 23rd. Goldman Sachs Group cut their target price on Merlin Entertainments from GBX 470 ($6.33) to GBX 400 ($5.38) and set a “neutral” rating on the stock in a research report on Friday, October 20th. Finally, Credit Suisse Group upgraded Merlin Entertainments from a “neutral” rating to an “outperform” rating and cut their target price for the company from GBX 500 ($6.73) to GBX 440 ($5.92) in a research report on Wednesday, October 18th. One analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, five have assigned a hold rating and ten have given a buy rating to the stock. Merlin Entertainments has a consensus rating of “Buy” and a consensus price target of GBX 486.07 ($6.54).

Shares of Merlin Entertainments (LON:MERL) traded up GBX 3.10 ($0.04) during mid-day trading on Thursday, hitting GBX 359.10 ($4.83). The stock had a trading volume of 3,983,252 shares, compared to its average volume of 5,410,000. Merlin Entertainments has a 12 month low of GBX 350.20 ($4.71) and a 12 month high of GBX 537.50 ($7.23).

In related news, insider Anne-Francoise Nesmes acquired 5,500 shares of the stock in a transaction dated Thursday, October 19th. The stock was purchased at an average cost of GBX 369 ($4.97) per share, with a total value of £20,295 ($27,314.94). Also, insider Ken J. Hydon acquired 30,000 shares of the stock in a transaction dated Monday, October 23rd. The stock was bought at an average cost of GBX 376 ($5.06) per share, with a total value of £112,800 ($151,816.96).

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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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