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Is Novartis' Dividend Safe?

Novartis (NYSE: NVS  ) is one of the globe's biggest drug companies. The company generates more than $58 billion in annual sales and is often included in dividend investors' portfolios.

Novartis has a solid track record of dividend increases over the past decade; however, investors are right to wonder whether patent expiration on its top-selling blockbuster drug Diovan may threaten Novartis' ability to boost dividends in the future.

In the following slideshow you'll learn whether I think Novartis' dividend is safe and see how Novartis' dividend matches up to peers GlaxoSmithKline (NYSE: GSK  ) , Novartis' partner in a new consumer goods joint ventures, and Sanofi (NYSE: SNY  ) , a company that competes with Novartis top selling MS drug Gilenya.

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