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AbbVie And Other Great Pharma And Biotech Income Stocks

Kari Hurd

Pharmaceutical and biotech stocks are rarely seen as effective dividend stocks. Although drugs are also relatively non-cyclical these stocks are often impacted by ever-changing regulatory environment and the strength of a company’s drug pipeline. Yet, some of the most well-regarded names are also very robust dividend payers. These companies provide income to shareholders by using their magnitude to regularly refresh their drug portfolios. I’ve made a list of other value-adding dividend-paying stocks in the pharma and biotech industry for you to consider for your investment portfolio.

AbbVie Inc. (NYSE:ABBV)

ABBV has a sumptuous dividend yield of 4.13% and has a payout ratio of 79.45% . Besides the potential capital gains, ABBV’s yield alone is better than the low risk savings rate. Plus, a 4.13% yield places it amidst the market’s top dividend payers. AbbVie is also a strong prospect for its future growth, with analysts expecting the company’s earnings to grow by an exciting triple-digit over the next three years. More detail on AbbVie here.

NYSE:ABBV Historical Dividend Yield Apr 20th 18

Merck & Co., Inc. (NYSE:MRK)

MRK has a good-sized dividend yield of 3.27% with a high payout ratio . MRK’s DPS have risen to US$1.92 from US$1.52 over a 10 year period. During this period, they haven’t missed a payment, as one would expect from a company increasing their dividend. Analyst estimates for Merck’s future earnings are certainly promising, predicting a triple digit earnings growth over the next three years. Dig deeper into Merck here.

NYSE:MRK Historical Dividend Yield Apr 20th 18

Johnson & Johnson (NYSE:JNJ)

JNJ has a good dividend yield of 2.63% with a generous payout ratio . The company’s dividends per share have risen from US$1.66 to US$3.36 over the last 10 years. The company has been a dependable payer too, not missing a payment in this 10 year period. Analysts are expecting an impressive triple digit earnings growth over the next three years. More detail on Johnson & Johnson here.

NYSE:JNJ Historical Dividend Yield Apr 20th 18

For more solid dividend paying companies to add to your portfolio, explore this interactive list of top dividend payers.


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The author is an independent contributor and at the time of publication had no position in the stocks mentioned.