Does This Pharma Have Spinout Envy?

Goldman Sachs recently hosted the "Healthcare CEOs Unscripted" conference, and our health care analyst Max Macaluso was particularly interested in the interview with Merck's (NYSE: MRK  ) CEO, Kenneth Frazier. Max discusses the three takeaways he thought were most important from the talk -- including Merck's business strategy compared to the high profile spinouts recently engineered by Abbott (NYSE: ABT  ) and Pfizer (NYSE: PFE  )  -- and also offers his 2013 outlook for Merck.

Merck was on course to record an impressive 2012, but a poor finish at the end of the year resulted in muted returns for investors. If you're an investor looking for big long-term winners, Motley Fool co-founder David Gardner's picks have frequently trounced the market.

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