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I feel like I have survived a nuclear blast and have finally heard from one other survivor! There is not a lack of interest in AHP in the stock market in general, but there certainly is on this board. It is only slightly more animated on Yahoo and Silicon Investor. I have held AHP for 4 years. To the casual observer it would appear that this is the company that can't shoot straight. All of its legal problems and all of its failed attempts at a merger. Bottom line is that I think the worst is behind it and that 39 and change was the bottom for this stock. Everybody and their brother has been recommending AHP. Money magazine loved it a year ago for its pipeline. Morgan Stanley Dean Witter has it on it recommended list with, again, glowing comments about the pipeline. So let's assume for a minute that the pipeline is as good as everyone says it is. Are the legal problems behind them? Probably not yet, but getting close. The big news on the probable settlement of the Phen-fen problem is a solid point in its favor. Will a settlement of 3 billion hurt AHP's bottom line much? Probably a little, but it gets the bad news overwith. I have read everything I can find on the reasons why the two previously announced mergers didn't go through. As best I can see it was a conflict of corporate cultures at play, especially so in the case of Monsanto. I'm hoping some other prince will come along and combine with AHP because I do firmly believe it has to combine to be competative in the future. Its pipeline is attractive and if its legal problems look like they're close to solution this might be a solid stock to hold onto. But then AHP is a small part of a larger portfolio which I have constructed principally around tech stocks, so I have the patience to wait it out. Thanks for posting. Don't be a stranger, come back again and let us know what you think
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