The following video is part of our "Motley Fool Conversations" series, in which analyst John Reeves and advisor David Meier discuss topics across the investing world.
Over the next couple of weeks, John and David will be revisiting some calls they made on individual stocks of the Dow. Today, they take a closer look at Merck. This company is up a healthy 14% so far in 2012 compared with just a 3% or so gain for the Dow average as a whole. And this one pays a pretty hefty dividend, too. David made an underperform call on Merck earlier this year, so his prediction hasn't panned out so far. David still believes the blockbuster drug model is a tough one for companies like Merck. And the company is also under pressure from the generic-drug producers. For those reasons, David still stands by his underperform call on Merck over the long term.
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