Jefferies slashes price target on Abbott Laboratories [ABT] – find out why.

Abbott Laboratories [NYSE: ABT] closed the trading session at $103.52 on 10/17/22. The day’s price range saw the stock hit a low of $101.87, while the highest price level was $103.95. The company report on October 12, 2022 that Abbott and The Home Edit Redesign the Medicine Cabinet to Help People Prepare for the Upcoming Virus Season.

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Flu and virus seasons have become more unpredictable with the addition of COVID-19.

The Home Edit and Abbott aim to bring peace of mind to families when it comes to their health by organizing medicine cabinets in time for the cold and flu season.

The stocks have a year to date performance of -26.45 percent and weekly performance of 2.36 percent. The stock has been moved at -10.98 percent over the last six months. The stock has performed -0.46 percent around the most recent 30 days and changed -5.83 percent over the most recent 3-months.

If compared to the average trading volume of 4.86M shares, ABT reached to a volume of 7315269 in the most recent trading day, which is why market watchdogs consider the stock to be active.

Here’s what leading stock market gurus have to say 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 $123.11 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 2.10. 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.

Jefferies have made an estimate for Abbott Laboratories shares, keeping their opinion on the stock as Hold, with their previous recommendation back on October 12, 2022. While these analysts kept the previous recommendation, Wolfe Research raised their target price to Underperform. The new note on the price target was released on July 06, 2022, representing the official price target for Abbott Laboratories stock. Previously, the target price had yet another raise to $140, while BofA Securities analysts kept a Buy rating on ABT stock. On January 27, 2022, analysts increased their price target for ABT shares from 138 to 142.

The Average True Range (ATR) for Abbott Laboratories is set at 2.71, with the Price to Sales ratio for ABT stock in the period of the last 12 months amounting to 4.04. The Price to Book ratio for the last quarter was 4.97, with the Price to Cash per share for the same quarter was set at 5.22. Price to Free Cash Flow for ABT in the course of the last twelve months was 35.34 with Quick ratio for the last quarter at 1.50.

ABT stock trade performance evaluation

Abbott Laboratories [ABT] gain into the green zone at the end of the last week, gaining into a positive trend and gaining by 2.36. With this latest performance, ABT shares dropped by -0.46% in over the last four-week period, additionally sinking by -10.98% over the last 6 months – not to mention a drop of -11.89% 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 53.46, with the RSI for the last a single of trading hit 57.55, and the three-weeks RSI is set at 50.85 for Abbott Laboratories [ABT]. The present Moving Average for the last 50 days of trading for this stock 104.36, while it was recorded at 101.75 for the last single week of trading, and 114.05 for the last 200 days.

Abbott Laboratories [ABT]: An insightful look at the core fundamentals

Operating Margin for any stock indicates how profitable investing would be, and Abbott Laboratories [ABT] shares currently have an operating margin of +21.36 and a Gross Margin at +53.89. Abbott Laboratories’s Net Margin is presently recorded at +16.35.

Return on Equity for this stock inclined to 20.53, with Return on Assets sitting at 9.53.

Abbott Laboratories’s liquidity data is similarly interesting compelling, with a Quick Ratio of 1.50 and a Current Ratio set at 2.00.

Earnings per share (EPS) analysis for Abbott Laboratories [ABT] stock

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 11.00%.

Abbott Laboratories [ABT]: Insider Ownership positions

There are presently around $134,233 million, or 75.70% of ABT stock, in the hands of institutional investors. The top three institutional holders of ABT stocks are: VANGUARD GROUP INC with ownership of 152,551,738, which is approximately 0.835% of the company’s market cap and around 0.50% of the total institutional ownership; BLACKROCK INC., holding 135,406,658 shares of the stock with an approximate value of $14.02 billion in ABT stocks shares; and CAPITAL RESEARCH GLOBAL INVESTORS, currently with $8.29 billion in ABT stock with ownership of nearly -0.719% 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 1,170 institutional holders increased their position in Abbott Laboratories [NYSE:ABT] by around 46,851,439 shares. Additionally, 1,228 investors decreased positions by around 36,481,589 shares, while 402 investors held positions by with 1,213,351,206 shares. The mentioned changes placed institutional holdings at 1,296,684,234 shares, according to the latest SEC report filing. ABT stock had 98 new institutional investments in for a total of 2,622,811 shares, while 125 institutional investors sold positions of 2,909,694 shares during the same period.


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