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Abbott Laboratories (ABT) Position Boosted by Gateway Investment Advisers LLC

16 May 2017

Graybill Bartz & Assoc Ltd. now owns 32,167 shares of the healthcare product maker's stock worth $1,360,000 after buying an additional 380 shares during the period. MA's holdings in Abbott Laboratories were worth $378,000 as of its most recent filing with the SEC.

A number of hedge funds and other institutional investors have recently added to or reduced their stakes in the stock. NY raised its stake in shares of Abbott Laboratories by 0.3% in the first quarter. Winfield Associates Inc. now owns 2,293 shares of the healthcare product maker's stock worth $102,000 after buying an additional 169 shares during the period. Cypress Capital Management LLC WY now owns 2,531 shares of the healthcare product maker's stock worth $112,000 after buying an additional 696 shares during the last quarter. Curbstone Financial Management Corp raised its stake in Abbott Laboratories by 57.5% in the first quarter. Cedar Hill Associates LLC now owns 14,261 shares of the healthcare product maker's stock valued at $548,000 after buying an additional 41 shares in the last quarter. Capital Investment Advisors LLC bought a new position in shares of Abbott Laboratories during the third quarter worth about $342,000.

On Monday, Abbott Laboratories (NYSE:ABT) stock opened its trade at $43.92 and after floating in a range of $43.90 to $44.23, settled at $44.04. With 5.83 million shares average volume, it will take short sellers 2 days to cover their ABT's short positions.

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ABT stock's price is now -3.34% down from its 52-week high and +22.84% up from its 52-week low. Over the last quarter, insiders sold 52,692 shares of company stock worth $2,374,632.

On 4/27/2017 Roger Bird, Insider, sold 5,600 with an average share price of $43.82 per share and the total transaction amounting to $245,392.00.

While looking at the SMA values of Abbott Laboratories (ABT), the 200 simple moving average (SMA) is considered a key indicator by traders and market analysts for determining the overall long-term trend. The healthcare product maker reported $0.48 earnings per share for the quarter, topping the Zacks' consensus estimate of $0.43 by $0.05. The lowest sales estimate is $6.58 billion and the highest is $6.67 billion. Abbott Laboratories had a net margin of 6.71% and a return on equity of 15.74%. The business's quarterly revenue was up 29.7% on a year-over-year basis. Relative volume is ratio between current volume and 3-month average value, intraday adjusted. The firm is expected to issue its next quarterly earnings results on Wednesday, July 19th. Stockholders of record on Friday, April 14th were paid a dividend of $0.265 per share. It has a dividend yield of 2.41%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Tuesday, April 11th. Abbott Laboratories's payout ratio is now 113.98%.

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A number of research analysts have recently issued reports on ABT shares. Finally, Zacks Investment Research cut shares of Abbott Laboratories from a "hold" rating to a "sell" rating in a report on Tuesday, March 28th. Finally, Cowen and Company reiterated an "outperform" rating and set a $48.00 target price on shares of Abbott Laboratories in a research note on Saturday, April 22nd. Boston Family Office holds 0.52% in Abbott Laboratories (NYSE:ABT) or 104,746 shares.

Among 5 analysts covering YPF SA (NYSE:YPF), 3 have Buy rating, 1 Sell and 1 Hold. Abbott Laboratories presently has an average rating of "Buy" and a consensus target price of $48.73. The stock of Abbott Laboratories (NYSE:ABT) has "Outperform" rating given on Friday, January 29 by RBC Capital Markets. Following the sale, the insider now owns 63,910 shares in the company, valued at $2,877,228.20. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which is available at the SEC website.

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On 2/23/2017 Robert E Funck, VP, sold 25,500 with an average share price of $45.50 per share and the total transaction amounting to $1,160,250.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the vice president now owns 117,579 shares in the company, valued at approximately $5,349,844.50.