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Bard Rolls On
By Stephen D. Simpson, CFA (TMFWildWeasel)
April 21, 2006

In the medical device world, there are multibillion-dollar market opportunities that attract huge companies like Medtronic (NYSE: MDT), Boston Scientific (NYSE: BSX), and Zimmer (NYSE: ZMH). And then there are market opportunities more in the range of hundreds of millions -- some of which, too, seem to attract the big fish in the med-tech pond.

All the same, Bard (NYSE: BCR) has built a nice business with a collection of products, none of which really targets an especially flashy market opportunity. As a result, Bard's historical growth rates for things like earnings, book value, and structural free cash flow aren't necessarily the highest you'll find, but they're solid and usually pretty reliable.....
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