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007 Secret Weapons of Drug Firms

Like James Bond, these firms have what it takes to come out on top.

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After 14 books and 21 movies of being beaten and bruised--but staying alive, secret agent James Bond isn't just lucky; he's good. No matter how dire his circumstance, Bond's cunning intellect, charm, and use of gadgetry allow him to escape death and complete his mission. In other words, Bond has certain enduring qualities that are impossible for his foes to replicate or disarm and that lead to his success time after time. But what can James Bond teach us about stock investing?

Simply put, all firms hit rough patches at some point, but great firms hold competitive advantages that always pull them through. Just like Bond, firms that make good long-term investments are at their best when their backs are against the wall. Do your stocks have what it takes to succeed in the long run? Today we put several specialty pharmaceutical firms to the test.

Jeff Viksjo does not own (actual or beneficial) shares in any of the securities mentioned above. Find out about Morningstar’s editorial policies.