PFE data by YCharts NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- When it comes to investments, I love to be a sleuth and uncover deals that everyone and their mother-in-law doesn't already know about. If I find a gem in a sector that's in an uptrend, all the better! The pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical sectors have been marching steadily higher. My personal favorite bellwether for the sector is Pfizer ( PFE), which is often referred to these days as a "biopharmaceutical company." Heck, why not, and look at how PFE has been doing price-wise over the past year. What a fine-looking chart (above), and we can't help but notice Pfizer's year-over-year diluted quarterly EPS growth, which is stellar. No wonder it can pay a great dividend with the prospects of raising that dividend year after year. Its one-year chart speaks for itself. This company is on fire.
Focusing on what makes a drug company (whoops, I mean a biopharmaceutical company) great, is what PFE does so well: One can plainly see on its brilliant Web site its greatness defined through diversity. Its Web site says: "To maximize new opportunities in biomedical research, and bring more innovative medicines to more patients more quickly, Pfizer has created two distinct research organizations. The PharmaTherapeutics Research & Development Group focuses on the discovery of small molecules and related modalities; and The BioTherapeutics Research & Development Group focuses on large-molecule research, including vaccines." Pfizer is setting the industry standard in another important way. It has developed an enhanced commercial operating structure. Pfizer has nine diverse health care businesses: Primary care, specialty care, oncology, emerging markets, established products, consumer health care, nutrition, animal health and capsugel.
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