Should Merck Copy Pfizer and Join the "Spinoff Club"?

Pharmaceutical heavyweight Pfizer  (NYSE: PFE  ) kicked off the second half of 2013 by slimming down and spinning off its animal-health business, Zoetis  (NYSE: ZTS  ) . The company also announced last quarter that it will be dividing its existing businesses into new divisions, and many analysts believe this is a precursor to future spinoffs.

And Pfizer isn't alone: Abbott recently spun-off its pharmaceutical division into the stand-alone company AbbVie.

But despite a flurry of changes across the pharmaceutical industry, Merck  (NYSE: MRK  ) has been reluctant to change its business model. In the following video, analysts David Williamson and Max Macaluso discuss whether Merck should join its peers and focus just on pharmaceuticals.

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