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Is Abbott Laboratories(NYSE: ABT), a large market cap stock a smart buy?

With a market cap of has a large market cap size. Abbott Laboratories (NYSE: ABT) has been on the stock market since its IPO date on the 4/6/1983. Abbott Laboratories is in the Medical Appliances & Equipment industry and Healthcare sector. Average volume for Abbott Laboratories, is 11283.65, and so far today it has a volume of 7202611. Performance year to date since the 4/6/1983 is -5.18%.

To help you determine whether Abbott Laboratories is undervalued the following values will help you decide. P/E is 29.42 and forward P/E is 16.92. PEG perhaps more useful shows that Abbott Laboratories has a value for PEG of 3.04. P/S ratio is 3.02 and the P/B ratio is 2.98. The P/Cash and P/Free cash flow is 15.59 and 213.4 respectively.

At the current price Abbott Laboratories is trading at, 42.83 (2.46% today), Abbott Laboratories has a dividend yield of 2.49%, and this is covered by a payout ratio of 60.90%. Earnings per share (EPS) is 1.42, and this is looking to grow in the next year to 12.07% after growing 53.50% this past year. EPS growth quarter over quarter is -89.20%, and -0.20% for sales growth quarter over quarter.

The number of shares outstanding is 1475.43, and the number of shares float is 1465.51. The senior management bring insider ownership to 0.30%, and institutional ownership is at 71.00%. The float short is 4.16%, with the short ratio at a value of 5.4. Management has seen a return on assets of 5.90%, and also a return on investment of 7.70%.

The ability for Abbott Laboratories, to deal with debt, means it current ratio is 1.5, and quick ratio is 1.1. Long term debt/equity is 0.29 and total debt/equity is 0.39. In terms of margins, Abbott Laboratories has a gross margin of 56.90%, with its operating margin at 13.60%, and Abbott Laboratories has a profit margin of 12.00%.

The 52 week high is -15.18%, with 20.44% being its 52 week low. The 20 day simple moving average is 10.28% and the 200 day simple moving average is 5.18%.

Disclaimer: Remember there is a risk to your investment, this is not a recommendation, nor personal advice, never invest more than you are able too loose.


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