It's surprisingly easy to outsmart yourself in the market. For all of the weighty financial tomes and countless valuation methodologies out there, a simple fact is often overlooked: Companies that have performed well in the past are more likely to do so in the future. Accordingly, it's often a very Foolish idea to buy good companies on pullbacks.
With that in mind, I'm still a fan of Israeli generics giant Teva Pharmaceuticals
Results for the second quarter were satisfactory, though not scintillating. Sales were up 4%, operating margin was essentially flat, and net income was up 5%. While U.S. generics sales were down about $100 million, according to the company's conference call, strong sales of branded products such as Copaxone helped limit the damage.
For now at least, Teva shares a problem with the large pharmaceutical companies it bedevils -- few big-time U.S. product launches. While that should continue to be an issue for 2005, the future still looks pretty good. The company has about 140 product applications waiting at the FDA, and the company believes it is first-to-file on 37 of them.
In the meantime, Teva continues to generate considerable cash flow and maintain its position as a top dog in the generics business. True, the newly enlarged Novartis
I like Teva's business, and I still like what the recently announced combination with Ivax
Teva doesn't look like a dirt cheap value stock, and I'm not trying to suggest that it is. I am trying to suggest that it's a high-quality company trading at a level that should still provide patient investors with solid long-term performance.
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Fool contributor Stephen Simpson has no financial interest in any stocks mentioned (that means he's neither long nor short the shares).