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Sep 12, 2019
Merck Shows Impressive Margin Expansion
Image Source: Merck & Co Inc -- IR Presentation. Merck is improving its financials and we like that, but we still aren’t interested in shares after the run up during the past year and a half. The pharmaceutical giant’s net debt load is manageable given its strong free cash flows, but dividend growth will require share buybacks to be pared back first in order to make room for payout growth. It will take some time until we get an idea of how well Merck’s recent acquisitions pan out.
Aug 27, 2019
Elanco Buys Bayer’s Animal Health Unit, Gaining Scale and Greater Exposure to the “Humanization of Pets” Trend
On August 20, Elanco Animal Health Inc agreed to acquire Bayer AG’s animal health unit for $7.6 billion (at the time the deal was announced) through a cash and stock deal. This is a transformative deal for Elanco and one that will create a real competitor to Zoetis' and Merck’s animal health units. For Bayer, the company can now pivot to segments where it has stronger competitive advantages while also raising cash to cover potential Roundup-related legal liabilities (which could be enormous). We will be monitoring the space going forward but are staying firmly on the sidelines for now.
Jul 28, 2019
Update: Frequently Asked Questions About Valuentum Securities, Inc.
We address a number of questions from both subscribers and visitors to our site.
Jun 26, 2019
Another Pharmaceutical Giant Is Born
Image Source: AbbVie Inc – IR Presentation. The combination of AbbVie and Allergan seems to have been born out of the need to do something, anything, considering how dependent AbbVie is on Humira and Allergan is on Botox. We find the transaction interesting as it ties into our view that Big Pharma will continue getting bigger and bigger while the field gets smaller, but this doesn’t change on view on either Allergan or AbbVie. We aren’t considering shares of either company at this time.
Mar 30, 2019
Our Reports on Stocks in the Pharmaceuticals - Big Industry
Image Source: A 4. Our reports on stocks in the Pharmaceuticals - Big industry can be found in this article. Reports include ABBV, ABT, AMGN, AZN, BMY, GSK, LLY, MRK, NVO, NVS, PFE, SNY.
Mar 22, 2019
Apple Surging -- Your Competition Is News-Driven and Failing
Image shown: Apple's shares are coming back in a big way. We still like them! No change to simulated newsletter portfolios. Clarification: On March 15, we sent out an alert for the Dividend Growth Newsletter portfolio removing Novartis (NVS) and adding to the Health Care Select Sector SPDR Fund (XLV), the latter now in the 5.5%-7.5% weighting bands, a combination of its prior weighting and the new additional weighting.
Mar 15, 2019
DG Newsletter Alert, Markets on a Roll! New Highs Coming?
Image shown: We notified members December 26 that we had moved the Best Ideas Newsletter portfolio and Dividend Growth Newsletter portfolio to a "fully invested" position, from a 30% and 20% cash "weighting" at the high end of the range, respectively. It doesn't look like the timing could have been much better.
Mar 1, 2019
Dividend Increases/Decreases for the Week Ending March 1
Let's take a look at companies that raised/lowered their dividend this week.
Jan 30, 2019
Novartis Closes Out Busy Year; Proposes Dividend Hike
Image Source: Novartis fourth quarter presentation.  European pharmaceutical giant Novartis had a busy year in 2018 on its quest to renew its focus on medicines, and management is excited about its future growth trajectory. We continue to like its free cash flow generation and dividend growth potential.
Dec 31, 2018
Valuentum Stock Screeners
Brian Nelson provides members with an update on Valuentum's stock screeners and the significant number of forward-looking data we provide. This article was sent to members via email December 29.


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