Rules of the Game: Ponder Perrigo

Last week I wrote about S&P energy sector names whose earnings performances merited a glance. While energy remains the top-gaining S&P large-cap sector in this still-very-young year, health care is the runner-up, advancing 8.11% since Jan. 2.

For years, the medical sector has been home to dividend-yielding giants such as Pfizer (PFE) and Bristol-Myers Squibb (BMY), as well as growth leaders such as Alexion Pharmaceuticals (ALXN) and Intuitive Surgical (ISRG). In other words, if you're looking for large-cap names to round out a portfolio of individual stocks, you have plenty to analyze and choose from. I always begin by scanning for earnings and revenue growth on the fundamental side, augmented on the technical side by support above the 200-day moving average....430 more words left in this article. To read them, just click below and try Real Money FREE for 14 days.

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