It's the end of 2012, and that means it's time to take a look back at the year in retrospect. We'll be reading through the naughty and nice lists (we've already checked them twice), counting down the 25 best-performing stocks and the 25 worst-performing stocks in the health care sector this year.

In this segment, Motley Fool health care analyst Max Macaluso take a look at No. 13 on the nice list, Pharmacyclics , and how this company left investors with more than a little something extra in their stockings this year.


In the world of health care, companies simply don't come any bigger than Johnson & Johnson. Many own the stock, but few understand its story. Offering everything from baby powder to biologics, critics think the company has spread itself too thin, becoming nothing more than a bloated corporate whale. Is this true, or is J&J a well-diversified giant that's perfect for your portfolio? Make sure you understand the full story behind the stock, along with its key opportunities and risks, by checking out our brand new premium report on Johnson & Johnson. To claim your copy simply click here now for instant access.

The article The Best of 2012: Pharmacyclics originally appeared on Fool.com.

Max Macaluso, Ph.D. has no positions in the stocks mentioned above. The Motley Fool owns shares of Johnson & Johnson. Motley Fool newsletter services recommend Johnson & Johnson. Try any of our Foolish newsletter services free for 30 days. We Fools may not all hold the same opinions, but we all believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.

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