Abbott Laboratories [ABT] stock Upgrade by Atlantic Equities analyst, price target now $144



Abbott Laboratories [NYSE: ABT] loss -0.62% on the last trading session, reaching $124.48 price per share at the time. The company report on November 18, 2021 that Abbott Named to the Corporate Citizenship Hall of Fame.

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The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation inducted Abbott into its Corporate Citizenship Hall of Fame for the company’s sustained, positive impact on society. The foundation named Abbott the sole 2021 inductee into the Hall of Fame, recognizing the company “for advancing health equity, broadening access to affordable care, and driving social innovations that lead to more resilient, healthier communities.”.

Abbott Laboratories represents 1.77 billion in outstanding shares, while the company has a total market value of $221.50 billion with the latest information. ABT stock price has been found in the range of $123.22 to $124.89.

If compared to the average trading volume of 4.96M shares, ABT reached a trading volume of 4851742 in the most recent trading day, which is why market watchdogs consider the stock to be active.

Here is what top equities market gurus are saying about Abbott Laboratories [ABT]:

Based on careful and fact-backed analyses by Wall Street experts, the current consensus on the target price for ABT shares is $138.61 per share. Analysis on target price and performance of stocks is usually carefully studied by market experts, and the current Wall Street consensus on ABT stock is a recommendation set at 1.90. This rating represents a strong Buy recommendation, on the scale from 1 to 5, where 5 would mean strong sell, 4 represents Sell, 3 is Hold, and 2 indicates Buy.

Atlantic Equities have made an estimate for Abbott Laboratories shares, keeping their opinion on the stock as Overweight, with their previous recommendation back on October 27, 2021. While these analysts kept the previous recommendation, Redburn raised their target price to Neutral. The new note on the price target was released on October 14, 2021, representing the official price target for Abbott Laboratories stock. Previously, the target price had yet another raise to $150, while Barclays analysts kept a Overweight rating on ABT stock.

The Average True Range (ATR) for Abbott Laboratories is set at 2.18, with the Price to Sales ratio for ABT stock in the period of the last 12 months amounting to 5.24. The Price to Book ratio for the last quarter was 6.42, with the Price to Cash per share for the same quarter was set at 5.45. Price to Free Cash Flow for ABT in the course of the last twelve months was 35.33 with Quick ratio for the last quarter at 1.40.

Trading performance analysis for ABT stock

Abbott Laboratories [ABT] fell into the red zone at the end of the last week, falling into a negative trend and dropping by -4.90. With this latest performance, ABT shares dropped by -1.66% in over the last four-week period, additionally plugging by 6.62% over the last 6 months – not to mention a rise of 13.92% in the past year of trading.

Overbought and oversold stocks can be easily traced with the Relative Strength Index (RSI), where an RSI result of over 70 would be overbought, and any rate below 30 would indicate oversold conditions. An RSI rate of 50 would represent a neutral market momentum. The current RSI for ABT stock in for the last two-week period is set at 44.72, with the RSI for the last a single of trading hit 38.33, and the three-weeks RSI is set at 47.79 for Abbott Laboratories [ABT]. The present Moving Average for the last 50 days of trading for this stock 123.79, while it was recorded at 126.57 for the last single week of trading, and 120.69 for the last 200 days.

Abbott Laboratories [ABT]: A deeper dive into fundamental analysis

Operating Margin for any stock indicates how profitable investing would be, and Abbott Laboratories [ABT] shares currently have an operating margin of +15.29 and a Gross Margin at +50.21. Abbott Laboratories’s Net Margin is presently recorded at +12.86.

Return on Total Capital for ABT is now 10.24, given the latest momentum, and Return on Invested Capital for the company is 8.83. Return on Equity for this stock inclined to 13.93, with Return on Assets sitting at 6.34. When it comes to the capital structure of this company, Abbott Laboratories [ABT] has a Total Debt to Total Equity ratio set at 60.67. Additionally, ABT Total Debt to Total Capital is recorded at 37.76, with Total Debt to Total Assets ending up at 27.42. Long-Term Debt to Equity for the company is recorded at 59.26, with the Long-Term Debt to Total Capital now at 36.89.

Reflecting on the efficiency of the workforce at the company, Abbott Laboratories [ABT] managed to generate an average of $40,817 per employee. Receivables Turnover for the company is 5.85 with a Total Asset Turnover recorded at a value of 0.49.Abbott Laboratories’s liquidity data is similarly interesting compelling, with a Quick Ratio of 1.40 and a Current Ratio set at 1.80.

Abbott Laboratories [ABT]: An earnings per share (EPS) analysis

With the latest financial reports released by the company, Abbott Laboratories posted 0.98/share EPS, while the average EPS was predicted by analysts to be reported at 0.91/share. When compared, the two values demonstrate that the company surpassed the estimates by a Surprise Factor of 7.70%. The progress of the company may be observed through the prism of EPS growth rate, while Wall Street analysts are focusing on predicting the 5-year EPS growth rate for ABT. When it comes to the mentioned value, analysts are expecting to see the 5-year EPS growth rate for Abbott Laboratories go to 13.12%.

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An analysis of insider ownership at Abbott Laboratories [ABT]

There are presently around $163,457 million, or 75.50% of ABT stock, in the hands of institutional investors. The top three institutional holders of ABT stocks are: VANGUARD GROUP INC with ownership of 148,779,946, which is approximately 0.633% of the company’s market cap and around 0.20% of the total institutional ownership; BLACKROCK INC., holding 134,318,636 shares of the stock with an approximate value of $16.72 billion in ABT stocks shares; and CAPITAL RESEARCH GLOBAL INVESTORS, currently with $10.51 billion in ABT stock with ownership of nearly -1.594% of the company’s market capitalization.

Positions in Abbott Laboratories stocks held by institutional investors increased at the end of October and at the time of the October reporting period, where 1,143 institutional holders increased their position in Abbott Laboratories [NYSE:ABT] by around 40,889,672 shares. Additionally, 1,066 investors decreased positions by around 40,768,357 shares, while 410 investors held positions by with 1,231,456,840 shares. The mentioned changes placed institutional holdings at 1,313,114,869 shares, according to the latest SEC report filing. ABT stock had 138 new institutional investments in for a total of 6,009,287 shares, while 87 institutional investors sold positions of 2,173,290 shares during the same period.



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