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  • Look to This Medical Equipment Leader For Consistent Growth

    By Matthew Frankel - August 17, 2013 | Tickers: BAX, BDX, MDT

    The health care sector can be daunting for some investors, and there are some good reasons for why many people won’t go near health care stocks. First, the health care laws have been changing constantly (how many times has Obamacare been changed?) and it is hard to say with any degree of certainty how the changing laws will affect these companies’ bottom lines. Also, when a lot of people more »

  • Satiate Your Lust for Bucks With These Healthcare Players

    By Narmin Jiwani - August 15, 2013 | Tickers: ABT, ISRG, MDT

    Mankind can’t do without healthcare; we know that; it’s a criminally bare story. Very few industries touch human lives the way healthcare industry does. And, when you consider the growth of the industry which supplies medical devices to the hospitals, the story becomes even more compelling. According to Lucintel, global medical device industry is expected to grow at a CAGR of 6.1% in a six-year period initiating more »

  • Two Medical Equipment Companies to Own and One to Sell

    By Phillip Woolgar - August 13, 2013 | Tickers: BAX, BSX, MDT

    Most investors agree that the economy is recovering nicely, as evidenced by a 7.4% unemployment rate, down after hitting highs of over 10% in 2009. This means a major turnaround for earnings at a number of companies. The story is even brighter for medical equipment firms, which also look to capitalize on other factors.

    Investors in medical equipment companies should be excited about the massive number of babies born more »

  • Owning Alere May Not Be Healthy for Your Portfolio

    By Michael Mandala - August 5, 2013 | Tickers: ALR, MDT

    Note: This article has been amended to remove Honeywell.

    Companies offering comprehensive patient vital sign monitoring was once a business many investors were unaware of. Ever since the (attempted?) implementation of the Affordable Healthcare Act, and the subsequent flight to cut patient claims costs, the industry began reaping a windfall. The impact of real-time patient monitoring is not only in the expectation of the member to have a higher quality more »

  • This Medical Device Maker Seems to Be Quite Expensive

    By Anh HOANG - July 29, 2013 | Tickers: BSX, MDT, STJ

    Since the beginning of the year, Boston Scientific (NYSE: BSX) has enjoyed a great rally, climbing from $5.90 per share to nearly $11 per share. Its year-to-date return is nearly 91%, much higher than the S&P 500’s return of only 18.60%. In the first quarter, while Joel Greenblatt and Paul Tudor Jones reduced their positions in this company, Leon Cooperman and Jim Simons increased their exposure more »

  • Is This the Market's Last Remaining Bargain?

    By Ted Cooper - July 23, 2013 | Tickers: BSX, MDT, STJ

    It is hard to remember a time when the market was as overheated as it is today; even during the tech bubble, there were non-tech stocks that were cheap. Today, few stocks in any sector are even worth a closer look based on earnings multiples.

    However, one company -- Medtronic (NYSE: MDT) -- may be the last remaining bargain in this bull market. Medtronic sells at a steep discount to its peers more »

  • Should You Buy These 2 Medical Device Stocks?

    By David Gould - July 23, 2013 | Tickers: BAX, BIIB, MDT

    Medical device stocks are an excellent place to be if you are still wary of the macro-economy. They are exposed to inelastic demand and don't have pipelines full of "hit-or-miss" products. Their business models are relatively time-tested, and they often pay a good dividend yield. Below, I review two market leaders and provide my thoughts on recent news about them.

    Baxter (NYSE: BAX) still looks attractive

    Baxter International, the more »

  • Is Now the Time to Buy Medical Device Makers?

    By Jason Hall - July 18, 2013 | Tickers: BSX, MAKO, MDT, STJ, SYK

    As of this writing, the S&P 500 is up over 17% this year, while many of the biggest names in medical devices have run even farther. If we go back to last June 28 -- when the US Supreme Court ruled in favor of Obamacare and its 2.3% excise tax on medical device makers' gross revenues, medical device stocks have run even higher. Motley Fool Contributor Dan Caplinger described more »

  • Is This Gloomy Warning a Telltale Sign for the Medical Devices Industry?

    By Ryan Guenette - July 17, 2013 | Tickers: BAX, BDX, ISRG, MDT

    On July 9, Intuitive Surgical (NASDAQ: ISRG) warned of second-quarter financial results coming in at disappointing levels, although the company does not officially report until July 18.

    The company stated that it expects sales to come in at $575 million for the second quarter, nearly 9% south of the consensus of Wall Street analysts. Year over year, growth is still anticipated to top 7%; however, it will be the first more »

  • This Momentum Play Might Make You Money

    By Dan Moskowitz - July 15, 2013 | Tickers: BSX, MDT, STJ

    Boston Scientific (NYSE: BSX) isn't the most popular stock on Wall Street. In fact, many investors don't want to have anything to do with it. It would be difficult to blame those investors, considering the company has seen revenue declines for three consecutive years and reported losses in four of the last five. The company’s recent performance hasn't been much better, reporting losses in three of more »

  • Is Intuitive Surgical Cheap After the Recent Plunge?

    By Anh HOANG - July 11, 2013 | Tickers: ARAY, ISRG, MDT

    Recently, Intuitive Surgical (NASDAQ: ISRG) experienced a significant decline of more than 11.3% in after-hours trading, from $500 per share to only $443.50 per share. The dramatic fall was due to its disappointing outlook for its second quarter results. Should investors consider this recent significant drop a buying opportunity? Let’s take a closer look and find out.

    Fast and consistent operating performance growth

    Intuitive Surgical is the more »

  • Is This Stock in Your Portfolio? If Not, Then Consider Getting Some

    By Harsh Chauhan - July 2, 2013 | Tickers: BSX, MDT, STJ

    The market gives investors a good number of chances to buy stocks when they are beaten down, and one such opportunity presented itself when medical devices maker Medtronic (NYSE: MDT) slipped in February this year. There were concerns about the company’s business slowing down, but its fourth-quarter results, which were released in May, put such doubts to rest.

    Medtronic’s huge size and diversification have helped the company overcome more »

  • Big Growth Opportunities for 3 Medical Equipment Makers

    By Madhukar Dubey - June 28, 2013 | Tickers: ISRG, MDT, SYK

    Some diseases cannot be cured by traditional drugs but instead require a surgical procedure. This is one of the reasons for constant and increasing demand for medical equipment. The global market for medical equipment is expected to increase at a compound annual growth rate of 7.1% from $307.7 billion in 2012 to $434.4 billion by 2017. In order to monetize this opportunity, the medical equipment manufacturing companies more »

  • Insights From Lone Pine Capital’s Portfolio

    By Aubrey Tabuga - June 26, 2013 | Tickers: ISRG, MJN, MDT

    It is always interesting to peer into the transactions of large asset managers such as Lone Pine Capital. The fund manager had a whopping $19.3 billion assets under management as of the latest quarter (based on whalewisdom compilation). I looked into its 13F filings to extract some investment ideas, and two of its big buys caught my attention. Lone Pine increased its position in Mead Johnson Nutrition (NYSE: MJNmore »)

  • A Discounted Medical Equipment Play

    By Matthew Frankel - June 19, 2013 | Tickers: BDX, MDT, STJ

    When it comes to investing in the healthcare sector, there is lots of money to be made if investors choose wisely. Factors such as the current healthcare laws, which require a greater number of people to be insured, as well as an aging population should translate to higher spending on medical care over the next several years and beyond. My favorite way to play the sector over the long-term is more »

  • Dividend Achievers for the Long Haul, Part 2

    By Greg Williamson - June 18, 2013 | Tickers: AFL, MDT, SYK, UNH

    This is part 2 (click here to view part 1) of a series of articles on companies within the dividend achievers index that I consider to be the "best of the best." This index contains approximately 200 companies that include some of the best dividend-paying opportunities in the U.S.

    In order for a company to be included in this index, it must increase its annual dividend for a minimum more »

  • Finding Strength in Healthcare Supplies

    By Nathaniel Matherson - June 17, 2013 | Tickers: HSIC, MCK, MDT

    Are you one of the many investors looking to take advantage of the rising demand for healthcare in this country?

    Over the coming decade, the healthcare industry is primed to benefit greatly from a series of macroeconomic tailwinds. As a result of healthcare legislation, it is expected we will see 30 million more people in this country receive access to healthcare, thus, it is expected that healthcare demand will increase more »

  • Should You Buy This Dividend Aristocrat?

    By Timothy Green - June 14, 2013 | Tickers: ABT, MDT, SYK

    As the market becomes more volatile and high-grade dividend stocks begin to fall in price an opportunity opens up to buy those stocks at a more reasonable price than the last few months have offered. I recently introduced my Dividend Growth Watchlist, a list of dividend stocks with suggested buy targets, to make it simpler to track the prices of high-quality dividend stocks and determine when they become undervalued. Today more »

  • Is This Fallen Angel Still a Good Growth Play?

    By Palwasha Saaim - June 11, 2013 | Tickers: EW, MDT, STJ

    Healthcare stocks resemble tech stocks, in that both are eye candy to growth investors, show volatility over business cycles and thus have less appeal to value investors. Conclusively, it is important for growth investors to understand that if they pick high-growth companies with a strong market presence, they are likely to reap greater rewards during down markets than up markets. The reason is obvious. During down markets, the stronger companies more »

  • These Healthcare Stocks Pay Fast-Growing Dividends

    By Aubrey Tabuga - June 10, 2013 | Tickers: MDT, UNH, WLP

    Given the huge potential of the healthcare industry, it is very tempting to peer through it for possible options if one seeks for the best places to earn dividend income. These stocks pay some of the fastest-growing dividends. I say, it is the best time to take advantage of the immense possibilities in this sector.

    Health insurance leader

    With 13.6% of the market share in health insurance, UnitedHealth Group more »

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