Is Bristol-Myers Squibb's Dividend Safe?

Bristol-Myers Squibb (NYSE: BMY  ) is one of the globe's top drugmakers and a staple in dividend investors' portfolios.

Big drug companies such as Bristol-Myers, Johnson & Johnson (NYSE: JNJ  ) , and Merck (NYSE: MRK  ) offer investors predictable, dividend-boosting revenue regardless of the economy's whims and whispers. But investors are correct to wonder if Bristol-Myers' dividend can be sustained following the loss of patent protection on the company's top-selling drug Plavix two years ago and in light of billions more in at-risk revenue tied to future patent expirations.

In the following slideshow you'll see whether I think Bristol's dividend is safe and gain insight into how Bristol-Myers matches up with industry peers. 

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