Abbott Laboratories (ABT) Insider Brian J. Blaser Sells 23,866 Shares

Abbott Laboratories (NYSE:ABT) insider Brian J. Blaser sold 23,866 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction on Friday, November 17th. The stock was sold at an average price of $55.55, for a total value of $1,325,756.30. Following the completion of the sale, the insider now owns 146,387 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $8,131,797.85. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which is available through this link.

Shares of Abbott Laboratories (ABT) opened at $55.29 on Tuesday. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.72, a current ratio of 2.69 and a quick ratio of 2.26. The stock has a market cap of $96,240.00, a PE ratio of 23.05, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 2.08 and a beta of 1.55. Abbott Laboratories has a 12 month low of $37.38 and a 12 month high of $56.69.

Abbott Laboratories (NYSE:ABT) last announced its quarterly earnings data on Wednesday, October 18th. The healthcare product maker reported $0.66 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, topping the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.65 by $0.01. The business had revenue of $6.83 billion during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $6.72 billion. Abbott Laboratories had a net margin of 8.21% and a return on equity of 7.07%. The firm’s quarterly revenue was up 28.8% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same quarter last year, the firm earned $0.59 earnings per share. equities analysts forecast that Abbott Laboratories will post 2.5 EPS for the current year.

The business also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Wednesday, November 15th. Stockholders of record on Friday, October 13th were given a dividend of $0.265 per share. This represents a $1.06 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 1.92%. The ex-dividend date was Thursday, October 12th. Abbott Laboratories’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is presently 87.60%.

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Several equities research analysts have recently commented on ABT shares. Cowen and Company restated a “buy” rating on shares of Abbott Laboratories in a research note on Sunday, September 24th. Zacks Investment Research upgraded Abbott Laboratories from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $58.00 price target for the company in a research note on Friday, September 22nd. Jefferies Group LLC reiterated a “buy” rating and issued a $58.00 price target on shares of Abbott Laboratories in a research note on Thursday, August 3rd. BidaskClub lowered Abbott Laboratories from a “strong-buy” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note on Monday, July 31st. Finally, Royal Bank Of Canada reiterated a “buy” rating and issued a $55.00 price target on shares of Abbott Laboratories in a research note on Tuesday, October 3rd. Seven equities research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and ten have given a buy rating to the company. Abbott Laboratories presently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and a consensus target price of $56.81.

Several large investors have recently modified their holdings of the company. Vanguard Group Inc. increased its position in shares of Abbott Laboratories by 2.6% during the second quarter. Vanguard Group Inc. now owns 129,786,955 shares of the healthcare product maker’s stock worth $6,308,944,000 after acquiring an additional 3,241,063 shares during the period. State Street Corp increased its position in shares of Abbott Laboratories by 18.9% during the first quarter. State Street Corp now owns 80,499,469 shares of the healthcare product maker’s stock worth $3,574,987,000 after acquiring an additional 12,806,535 shares during the period. Capital Research Global Investors increased its position in shares of Abbott Laboratories by 45.7% during the second quarter. Capital Research Global Investors now owns 47,589,663 shares of the healthcare product maker’s stock worth $2,313,334,000 after acquiring an additional 14,918,038 shares during the period. Bank of New York Mellon Corp increased its position in shares of Abbott Laboratories by 11.0% during the first quarter. Bank of New York Mellon Corp now owns 33,796,869 shares of the healthcare product maker’s stock worth $1,500,920,000 after acquiring an additional 3,344,508 shares during the period. Finally, Northern Trust Corp increased its position in shares of Abbott Laboratories by 3.1% during the second quarter. Northern Trust Corp now owns 26,865,706 shares of the healthcare product maker’s stock worth $1,305,942,000 after acquiring an additional 809,732 shares during the period. 69.99% of the stock is currently owned by institutional investors and hedge funds.

Abbott Laboratories Company Profile

Abbott Laboratories is engaged in the discovery, development, manufacture and sale of a range of healthcare products. The Company operates through four segments: Established Pharmaceutical Products, Diagnostic Products, Nutritional Products and Vascular Products. Its Established Pharmaceutical Products include a range of branded generic pharmaceuticals manufactured around the world and marketed and sold outside the United States.

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