Abbott Laboratories (NYSE:ABT) Q4 2016 Sentiment

Abbott Laboratories has its outstanding Shares of 1.76 Billion. The Blue Chip Partners Inc holds 62,865 shares with $2.42M value, up from 52,446 last quarter.

Abbott Laboratories (ABT) has a market capitalization of 86.37 Billion which suggests the company is a huge company further suggesting that the shares of Abbott Laboratories (ABT) are stable and safe compared to the lower market capitalization companies. Abbott Laboratories (NYSE:ABT) has risen 15.90% since August 23, 2016 and is uptrending. It has underperformed by 0.80% the S&P500.

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In other Abbott Laboratories news, insider Sharon J. Bracken sold 2,000 shares of the firm's stock in a transaction that occurred on Tuesday, August 1st.

Since February 28, 2017, it had 0 insider purchases, and 12 sales for $1.35 million activity. Mason Heather L had sold 1,912 shares worth $86,068. Incorporated Ok has invested 0.08% in Abbott Laboratories (NYSE:ABT). Altavista Wealth Management Inc sold 223,998 shares as Abbott Laboratories (ABT)'s stock declined 3.42%. ALLEN HUBERT L sold 857 shares worth $38,569. $93,776 worth of stock was sold by Salvadori Daniel Gesua Sive on Tuesday, February 28. Warmuth Michael J sold $174,797 worth of stock. It also reduced Reliance Steel & Aluminum Co (NYSE:RS) stake by 65,383 shares and now owns 671,733 shares.

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Investors sentiment increased to 1.01 in 2016 Q4. Its down 0.21, from 1.61 in 2016Q3. It increased, as 83 investors sold Abbott Laboratories shares while 496 reduced holdings. 68 funds opened positions while 131 raised stakes. State Of Wisconsin Inv Board has invested 0.33% in Abbott Laboratories (NYSE:ABT). Earnest Prns Ltd invested 0% of its portfolio in Abbott Laboratories (NYSE:ABT). Advsr Asset Mngmt holds 0.08% or 85,701 shares in its portfolio. Renaissance Grp Limited owns 0.12% invested in Abbott Laboratories (NYSE:ABT) for 6,760 shares. M&R Management has 0% invested in Twenty-First Century Fox Inc (NASDAQ:FOX) for 500 shares. Macguire Cheswick & Tuttle Invest Counsel Ltd Llc owns 106,728 shares for 0.84% of their portfolio. Wealthtrust reported 1,526 shares. Exxonmobil Investment Mngmt Tx has invested 0.29% of its portfolio in Abbott Laboratories (NYSE:ABT). First Personal Fin Svcs invested in 0.03% or 2,166 shares. Ubs Asset Mngmt Americas accumulated 6.53M shares or 0.28% of the stock. At present, the Gross Margin for Abbott Laboratories ABT Medical Appliances & Equipment is moving around at 54.20% alongside a Profit Margin of 5.00%. Everence Capital Mgmt has 45,402 shares for 0.5% of their portfolio. The shares were sold at an average price of $47.97, for a total transaction of $26,479.44.

Also, the number of funds holding Abbott Laboratories in their top 10 positions decreased from 36 to 23 for a decrease of 13. Therefore 0 are positive. Abbott Laboratories had 67 analyst reports since July 24, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. The stock of Abbott Laboratories (NYSE:ABT) has "Buy" rating given on Friday, July 21 by Gabelli. The rating was reinitiated by Jefferies on Thursday, June 29 with "Buy". The stock of Abbott Laboratories (NYSE:ABT) has "Outperform" rating given on Friday, October 9 by RBC Capital Markets. Jefferies maintained the shares of ABT in report on Tuesday, March 15 with "Buy" rating. The company was maintained on Thursday, August 4 by Jefferies. The stock of Apache Corporation (NYSE:APA) has "Hold" rating given on Tuesday, March 29 by Deutsche Bank.

Currently, EPS of Abbott Laboratories (ABT) is 0.62 while the analysts predicted the EPS of the stock to be 0.61 suggesting the company fell short of the analysts' expectations. Deutsche Bank has "Buy" rating and $56 target. Therefore 50% are positive. Argus Research maintained the shares of ABT in report on Friday, July 21 with "Buy" rating. The firm has "Buy" rating by Maxim Group given on Friday, July 24. Shareholders of record on Friday, July 14th were issued a $0.265 dividend. The rating was maintained by Jefferies with "Buy" on Tuesday, September 13. The rating was maintained by Canaccord Genuity with "Buy" on Tuesday, January 12. The firm has "Buy" rating given on Monday, June 26 by RBC Capital Markets. RBC Capital Markets has "Sector Perform" rating and $57 target. The stock has "Equal-Weight" rating by Morgan Stanley on Tuesday, July 11. The company was maintained on Thursday, July 20 by Stifel Nicolaus. As per Thursday, May 19, the company rating was initiated by Buckingham Research. Seven equities research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and nine have assigned a buy rating to the company's stock.

Investors sentiment decreased to 0.8 in 2016 Q4. Its up 0.01, from 0.93 in 2016Q3. It is negative, as 90 investors sold AAPL shares while 975 reduced holdings. Swiss National Bank raised its stake in Abbott Laboratories by 45.3% in the first quarter. 263,466 are owned by Thrivent Fincl For Lutherans. Mondrian Investment Partners Ltd, a United Kingdom-based fund reported 5.16 million shares.#img1#. Moreover, Ims Capital Mgmt has 0.72% invested in Hain Celestial Group Inc (NASDAQ:HAIN). Raymond James And Assocs has 80,567 shares for 0.01% of their portfolio. Brandywine Trust reported 224,855 shares. Meiji Yasuda Asset Communications Limited reported 110,332 shares. Stock Yards Bancorporation And stated it has 42,009 shares or 0.21% of all its holdings. Moreover, Alliancebernstein Lp has 0.02% invested in Twenty-First Century Fox Inc (NASDAQ:FOX). Bnp Paribas Arbitrage Sa has invested 0.05% in Twenty-First Century Fox Inc (NASDAQ:FOX).

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