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Omnicare and AmerisourceBergen Under Review: Drugs Company Stocks Hit New Highs
Date:2/21/2013

ntract with Express Scripts. The company also renewed its deal with PharMerica, which ensure that the company remains the primary vendor for pharmaceuticals for PharMerica. The deal also makes AmerisourceBergen the primary vendor for California-based Amerita.

AmerisourceBergen is expected to face some tailwinds once health reforms kick in. It also has thin margins and therefore has lesser cushion. However, the company stock is expected to perform well despite its recent run up.

Omnicare Garners Hedge Fund Interest

Omnicare reported good results for its fourth quarter. The company reported its EPS at 86 cents per share, up from 56 cents per share it had reported a year earlier. Its revenue stood at $1.53 billion, down 1.74 percent. The stock has been hitting new 52-week highs lately. It had also been garnering good institutional interest as well. Hedge fund Iridian Asset Management augmented its holding of the company's stock. Omnicare's stock is also held by First Pacific Advisors. Hedge Fund buying is generally considered to be a positive sign for the future growth of the stock. Another major holder of the stock is Oaktree Capital Management. Sign up for the free report on Omnicare Inc. at http://www.StockCall.com/OCR022113.pdf  

However, Omnicare faces some challenges as well. The company is currently restructuring its business to curtail its costs. Late last year, it closed some of its offices and reduced headcounts. It also changed its top management and made some key appointments. The company deals in pharmaceutical care and is mainly operational in Canada and the U.S. It also operates chronic care facilities.

Omnicare's stock gained 6 percent this year so far and is up 11 percent in the past 12 months. The stock also offers 1.45 percent dividend yield. Omnicare recently announced 14 cents per share in quarterly divide
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