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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 9294.98, and so far today it has a volume of 7244900. Performance year to date since the 4/6/1983 is -2.53%.

To help you determine whether Abbott Laboratories is undervalued the following values will help you decide. P/E is 32.98 and forward P/E is 17.5. PEG perhaps more useful shows that Abbott Laboratories has a value for PEG of 3.43. P/S ratio is 3.08 and the P/B ratio is 3.06. The P/Cash and P/Free cash flow is 14.28 and 313.66 respectively.

At the current price Abbott Laboratories is trading at, 42.97 (0.54% today), Abbott Laboratories has a dividend yield of 2.42%, and this is covered by a payout ratio of 66.50%. Earnings per share (EPS) is 1.3, and this is looking to grow in the next year to 11.69% after growing 53.50% this past year. EPS growth quarter over quarter is -22.60%, and 3.20% for sales growth quarter over quarter.

The number of shares outstanding is 1474.5, and the number of shares float is 1465.05. The senior management bring insider ownership to 0.30%, and institutional ownership is at 73.90%. The float short is 4.62%, with the short ratio at a value of 7.29. Management has seen a return on assets of 5.60%, 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 1.2. Long term debt/equity is 0.29 and total debt/equity is 0.41. In terms of margins, Abbott Laboratories has a gross margin of 56.90%, with its operating margin at 14.00%, and Abbott Laboratories has a profit margin of 11.10%.

The 52 week high is -6.16%, with 20.83% being its 52 week low. The 20 day simple moving average is -0.35% and the 200 day simple moving average is 5.62%.

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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