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Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the
Securities Exchange Act of 1934

Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported):   January 18, 2005

Merrill Lynch & Co., Inc.

(Exact Name of Registrant as Specified in its Charter)
Delaware   1-7182   13-2740599
(State or Other
Jurisdiction of
File Number)
  (I.R.S. Employer
Identification No.)
4 World Financial Center, New York, New York   10080
(Address of Principal Executive Offices)   (Zip Code)
Registrant’s telephone number, including area code:   (212) 449-1000

(Former Name or Former Address, if Changed Since Last Report)

Check the appropriate box below if the Form 8-K filing is intended to simultaneously satisfy the filing obligation of the registrant under any of the following provisions:

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Item 7.01. Regulation FD Disclosure.

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Item 7.01. Regulation FD Disclosure.

NEW YORK, January 18— Merrill Lynch & Co., Inc. (NYSE: MER) plans to announce fourth quarter and full year 2004 results on Tuesday, January 25, 2005. Ahmass Fakahany, executive vice president and chief financial officer, plans to host a conference call that day at 10:00 a.m. (ET) to review these results with the investment community. The general public is invited to listen to the call by dialing (888) 810-0245 (inside the United States and Canada) or (706) 634-0180 (outside the United States), or via a live audio webcast at On-demand webcast replay will be available shortly after the call at the same web address.

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Merrill Lynch may make forward-looking statements, including, for example, statements about management expectations, strategic objectives, growth opportunities, business prospects, anticipated financial results, the impact of off balance sheet arrangements, significant contractual obligations, anticipated results of litigation and regulatory investigations and proceedings, and other similar matters. These forward-looking statements are not statements of historical facts and represent only Merrill Lynch’s beliefs regarding future performance, which are inherently uncertain. There are a variety of factors, many of which are beyond Merrill Lynch’s control, which affect its operations, performance, business strategy and results and could cause its actual results and experience to differ materially from the expectations and objectives expressed in any forward-looking statements. These factors include, but are not limited to, financial market volatility, actions and initiatives taken by both current and potential competitors, general economic conditions, the effects of current, pending and future legislation, regulation and regulatory actions, and the other risks detailed in Merrill Lynch’s Annual Reports on Form 10-K, Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q and Current Reports on Form 8-K. Accordingly, readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date on which they are made. Merrill Lynch does not undertake to update forward-looking statements to reflect the impact of circumstances or events that arise after the date the forward-looking statements are made. The reader should, however, consult any further disclosures Merrill Lynch may make in its reports on Form 10-K, Form 10-Q and Form 8-K.


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Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.

  By:   /s/   Judith A. Witterschein
          Judith A. Witterschein
Corporate Secretary
Date: January 18, 2005