Pharmaceutical company Merck (NYSE: MRK ) is often seen as a solid defensive play for investors looking for dividend-paying health care stocks. While this is one of the largest drugmakers in the world, there are still many issues that investors need to watch. In this video, health care analyst Max Macaluso runs down three areas investors must track in 2013.
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