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Table: Best Picks in Pharma


Company/Symbol

Price*

P-E Ratio**

Amgen

AMGN

$65.00

36

Posting strong growth thanks to hot products such as the anemia drug Aranesp

Gilead Sciences

GILD

53.81

65

A small biotech player with a big presence in the HIV market with the drug Viread

Pfizer

PFE

33.08

20

Set to generate strong earnings growth thanks to savings from Pharmacia acquisition

Altana

AAA

66.25

NA

A midsize German company with some promising products in the pipeline

Biosite

BSTE

42.26

26

Expected to weather new competition for its popular test for congestive heart failure

*June 13

**Based on estimated 2003 earnings

Data: Bloomberg Financial Markets, BusinessWeek


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