BALTIMORE ( Stockpickr) -- Investors are getting heartburn this week, and it's not just from the turkey and mashed potatoes everyone will be eating on Thursday. Stocks have been in pullback mode for the last month and change, and that still has investors nervous about what's still to come for their portfolios this year.>>5 Dividend Stocks Itching to Pay You More
Without further ado, here's a look at this week's Rocket Stocks. AstraZeneca plc We'll start off with biopharmaceutical firm AstraZeneca plc (AZN) -- and no, it's not just because the firm's heartburn drug, Nexium, could see a sales boost come Turkey Day. AstraZeneca is a $55 billion pharmaceutical stock with an impressive portfolio of brand name drugs and a truly worldwide presence. The firm generates less than 40% of sales in the United States, and it's been working hard to increase its exposure to high-growth emerging markets. AstraZeneca's strong brands have had some impressive performance. Even drugs with recent generic competition have been able to boost their market share thanks to strong marketing campaigns, easing some worries about the patent cliff that AZN has looming on the horizon. Even so, patent dropoffs are still a big concern right now -- AstraZeneca is just coming off the expiration of blockbuster Lipitor's patent protection. To counter that, management has been very cost-conscious, cutting down on potential earnings drags further down the income statement.