Would like an honest opinion on this stock. Not interested in hearing on how well you did in the past but what your opinion is for the future. It seems like this stock is just a more volatile reflection of the DOW and not any longer a growth or dividend stock. Is it better to look elsewhere?
Fidelity's website shows the Starmine Score as Bullish and the Technical Analysis they provide shows a diamond bottom formed on ~ 7.27.12 and that indicates Intermediate Term Bullishness. Could change quickly , but I think they are primed for a potential upward trend. I'd like to get past the ECB meeting tomorrow before pulling the trigger on any buys, but was thinking about putting Danaher on the short list ( since I am mostly cash right now ) , maybe scale into a position. Although I like Fidelity as a broker and the research they provide , the markets are fickle and I can only use their tools as a guide. FYI only , not necessarily a recommendation.
Look at a long term chart. DHR is very strong. I used to own this stock for a period of time and it did fine for me. I only exited the stock in favor of higher yielding industrials. My preference is the higher yield which acts as protection against short selling. Some guys like big boobs, other guys like a cute butt. There's no wrong answer.
Danaher is, for all intents and purposes, a BRK-A of industrials. Management makes profits from various divisions and rolls that into more acquisitions and more acquisitions. This causes the stock to rise because the cumulative earnings increase over time via inorganic growth. Do not expect them to buoy the share price via stock buybacks and dividends. That's not what they do. They compound the business profits by acquiring more companies.
On the negative side, do not believe the management statements of "record earnings/profits". Those are not reported on a comparative division basis but rather as an entire organization where the latest period has a few more companies under their belt than the prior reporting period.
Full disclosure: I used to work for their dental division and it was a nightmare with constant layoffs and the workload. They do treat their employees like dirt. Own the stock, sure, but never work there.
They don't pay much of a dividend, so you have to trust what management says about their earnings, present and future. If u do, it's a good stock. If not, look elsewhere. It's an acquisition driven company, despite all the rhetoric about their management system. Hard to value such a business IMO.