1 Dow Dividend I Don't Love Today

Austin Smith, The Motley Fool

The following video is part of our "Motley Fool Conversations" series, in which Austin Smith discusses topics across the investing world.

In today's edition, Austin takes a look at where the money comes from with monster pharma company Merck. This $120 billion titan is one of the largest companies in this space, but it's also mired in one of the most difficult parts of being a pharmaceutical company: patent cliffs. With 85% of Merck's revenue coming from its pharmaceutical division, which includes prescription meds, it's easy to see how the company can lose out in a big way when blockbuster drugs come off patent. That's exactly what's happening with Singulair in 2012, and it's repeated across this industry.

Despite these risks, Merck still pays a heady 4.3% dividend. A high yield is nice, but it wasn't enough for the company to earn a spot in our report: "Secure Your Future With 9 Rock-Solid Dividend Stocks." You can read more about these great high-yielding stocks today: Click here now.

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