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Merck Falling Earnings Hide Hidden Potential

By Dave Williamson and Max Macaluso – Feb 8, 2014 at 7:00AM

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Merck has a slight earnings miss, but announces some very exciting partnerships.

In this segment from Market Checkup, Motley Fool's health-care focused investing show, analysts David Williamson and Max Macaluso look at Merck's recent quarterly results. 

The Big Pharma posted declining revenue and net income, missing analyst estimates in the process. However, investors need to dig behind the top-line numbers to get a clear picture of Merck's potential. Guidance for 2014 was not a bad as feared, although it will be a transition year for the company. That doesn't mean the stock is stuck on timeout. Merck's pipeline has a lot of potential, and the company is striking collaboration agreements left and right.

In this video, David and Max dig through the quarterly results and discuss Merck's focus on immuno-oncology, its new partnership deals, and other interesting upcoming pipeline catalysts.

David Williamson owns shares of Merck. Max Macaluso, Ph.D., and The Motley Fool have no position in any of the stocks mentioned. We Fools don't all hold the same opinions, but we all believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.

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