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Don't Be Fooled By This Dow Impostor

By Max Macaluso – Updated Apr 7, 2017 at 12:01PM

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Johnson & Johnson, Pfizer, and Merck are part of the Dow Jones Industrial Average Index, and Merck has been the best health-care performer so far in 2012. Its year-to-date 18% share price appreciation beats out its rival drug makers, and even the Dow's collective 11% rise.

In the video below, healthcare bureau chief Brenton Flynn and analyst Max Macaluso discuss the driving force behind Merck's recent success, a few things that investors should be watching in upcoming quarters, and the German drugmaker that shares Merck's name, but operates as a separate company.


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Stocks Mentioned

Dow Jones Industrial Average (Price Return) Stock Quote
Dow Jones Industrial Average (Price Return)
$28,725.51 (-1.71%) $-500.10
Pfizer Inc. Stock Quote
Pfizer Inc.
$43.76 (-0.91%) $0.40
Merck & Co., Inc. Stock Quote
Merck & Co., Inc.
$86.12 (-0.60%) $0.52
Johnson & Johnson Stock Quote
Johnson & Johnson
$163.36 (-0.71%) $-1.17

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