3 of 6
BACK NEXT
Abbott Laboratories
Abbott Laboratories

The drug and medical device maker recently received FDA approval for cholesterol drug Simcor, which could be a worthy contender for Vytorin, a drug created by rivals Merck and Schering-Plough.

And sales of Abbott's important Humira arthritis drug grew 42% over the fourth quarter, a good sign for the company. JPMorgan analyst Michael Weinstein thinks Abbott is worth buying. He expects earnings to grow 14% in 2008.

Abbott currently trades at about 17 times 2008 estimates and offers a dividend yield of 2.6%. And Abbott's dividend has increased 7% annually, on average, over the past five years. To put that in perspective, rivals such as Merck, Wyeth have boosted their payouts to investors by just 1% and 4% on average over the past few years.



NEXT: Federated Investors
Last updated June 20 2008: 1:23 PM ET
More Galleries
2015 Mustang's asphalt-peeling power goes modern The new Ford Mustang has been upgraded and updated to compete globally - but never fear, it's still a monster. More
15 top executives with $1 salaries Some CEOs and founders agree to salaries of just $1 a year. But once goodies like bonuses and stock options are added in, some of those executives end up taking home many millions of dollars a year. More
Mercedes SL65 AMG: 621 horses of topless power Turn heads as you blow by traffic in this roadster convertible from Mercedes. More

Special Offer
Market indexes are shown in real time, except for the DJIA, which is delayed by two minutes. All times are ET. Disclaimer Morningstar: © 2014 Morningstar, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Disclaimer The Dow Jones IndexesSM are proprietary to and distributed by Dow Jones & Company, Inc. and have been licensed for use. All content of the Dow Jones IndexesSM © 2014 is proprietary to Dow Jones & Company, Inc. Chicago Mercantile Association. The market data is the property of Chicago Mercantile Exchange Inc. and its licensors. All rights reserved. FactSet Research Systems Inc. 2014. All rights reserved. Most stock quote data provided by BATS.