'' U.S. pharmaceutical giant Merck & Company (NYSE:MRK) reported better-than-expected second quarter earnings and revenue figures ahead of Tuesday’s opening bell, sending its shares modestly higher in pre-market trade.
The company’s second quarter revenue totaled $10.93 billion, above estimates for revenue of $10.61 billion.
The pharmaceutical company reaffirmed its 2014 revenue forecast and said it expected full-year earnings per share in a range between $3.43 to $3.53.
“We delivered a strong first half of the year, making progress in transforming our operating model, fueling innovation and managing costs, while focusing on our best opportunities”, said Kenneth C. Frazier, chairman and chief executive officer, Merck.
Following the release of the report, Merck (NYSE:MRK) saw shares rise 0.1% in pre-market trade.
Meanwhile, the outlook for U.S. equity markets was higher. The Dow indicated a gain of 0.2% at the open, the S&P 500 pointed to an increase of 0.15%, while Nasdaq 100 added 0.2%.''.
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