Company Profile: The company is the world's largest pharmaceutical firm, with annual sales near $70 billion. Following the acquisition of Wyeth, prescription drugs now account for close to 90% of sales. Top sellers include cholesterol-lowering Lipitor, Celebrex for arthritis and Viagra for impotence. But recently approved generic forms of Lipitor will reduce revenue in the near term.2011 Return: up 25% Dividend Yield: 3.8%
Merck (MRK) Company Profile: The company makes pharmaceutical products to treat cardiovascular disease, asthma, infections and osteoporosis. It also has a vaccine business, with treatments to prevent hepatitis B and pediatric diseases. Following the Schering acquisition, about 45% of sales are generated in the U.S. 2011 Return: up 4.9% Dividend Yield: 4.63%
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