Information about your prescriptions is routinely bought and resold. IMS Health, one of the most active traders in the field, wants to go public.
Despite larger dividends and more stock buybacks, the top 19 saw cash gains of nearly 22% in the last year.
Companies are having a tough time convincing doctors, patients and insurers to give new treatments a try.
Even business and government IT departments, long the backbone of BlackBerry's success, appear ready to give up on the struggling smartphone maker.
With close to $20 billion in cash on the balance sheet, Merck is one key acquisition away from turning its fortunes around.
The drug giant calms worries about its ability to innovate following its spinoff of Zoetis earlier this year.
JNJ's strong dividend yield of 2.9 percent and its attractive balance means investors won't die in waiting room.
VIDEO ON MSN MONEY
Copyright © 2014 Microsoft. All rights reserved.
Fundamental company data and historical chart data provided by Morningstar Inc. Real-time index quotes and delayed quotes supplied by Morningstar Inc. Quotes delayed by up to 15 minutes, except where indicated otherwise. Fund summary, fund performance and dividend data provided by Morningstar Inc. Analyst recommendations provided by Zacks Investment Research. StockScouter data provided by Verus Analytics. IPO data provided by Hoover's Inc. Index membership data provided by Morningstar Inc.
Serious issues like drought and the deterioration of the developed world spell opportunity for this industry leader.
The Market Dispatches column has been discontinued. Here's where to find the latest stock and business news on MSN Money, and the latest from market writer Charley Blaine.
MONEY & POLITICS
Breaking up big banks is an untested solution to the too big to fail problem that attempts to isolate and dismantle large, troubled institutions while protecting the rest of the economy.
Saving just a single month of expenses may take longer than you think. See how your savings rate affects how quickly you can build a solid emergency fund.
MUST-SEE ON MSN
- Video: Easy DIY smoked meats at home
A charcuterie master shares his process for cold-smoking meat at home.
- Jetpacks about to go mainstream
- Weird things covered by home insurance
- Bing: 70 percent of adults report 'digital eye strain'