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Comparing America's 3 Largest Research Services Companies

Note: All data are as of the close of Friday, February 6, 2015. Emphasis is on company fundamentals and financial data rather than commentary.

The research services industry is a rather small group of companies that provide product testing and research, as well as research in corporate strategy, marketing, and consumer trends. Of the 11 publicly listed companies, only seven trade on primary exchanges - with the largest one based in the Netherlands, while the remaining six are all based in the U.S.

Most of the companies - eight, to be precise - specialize in healthcare and biotechnology research, while one focuses on corporate and marketing strategies, one on cosmetics, and one on foods. The top three U.S. companies in today's comparison all focus on biotechnology and pharmaceutical research and information, as listed:

Myriad Genetics Inc. (NASDAQ: [[MYGN]]), headquartered in Salt Lake City, Utah, focuses on the development and marketing… Read More …