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This is the expense the company spent on research and development. Baker Hughes Inc's research and development for the three months ended in Sep. 2014 was $159 Mil. Its research and development for the trailing twelve months (TTM) ended in Sep. 2014 was $617 Mil.
This is the expense the company spent on research and development.
Baker Hughes Inc Research & Development for the trailing twelve months (TTM) ended in Sep. 2014 was 156 (Dec. 2013 ) + 143 (Mar. 2014 ) + 159 (Jun. 2014 ) + 159 (Sep. 2014 ) = $617 Mil.
If competitive advantage is created by a patent or tech advantage, at some point it will disappear.
High R&D usually dictates high SG&A which threatens the competitive advantage.
Baker Hughes Inc Annual Data
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Baker Hughes Inc Quarterly Data
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