Abbott Laboratories (ABT) Stake Boosted by IFM Investors Pty Ltd

Following the sale, the insider now directly owns 146,387 shares of the company's stock, valued at $8,131,797.85. Procter & Gamble Co/The now has $231.50 billion valuation. The stock increased 1.51% or $4.76 during the last trading session, reaching $319.42. About 2.96M shares traded. Abbott Laboratories (NYSE:ABT) has risen 15.90% since December 7, 2016 and is uptrending. It has underperformed by 11.76% the S&P500.

Investors sentiment increased to 0.94 in Q2 2017. Its down 0.16, from 1.04 in 2017Q1. 78 funds opened positions while 277 raised stakes. Zeke Advisors Lc holds 0.31% of its portfolio in Abbott Laboratories (NYSE:ABT) for 33,163 shares. Gradient Invests Ltd Liability Corporation stated it has 0% of its portfolio in Biogen Inc. 1832 Asset Management Limited Partnership reported 112,022 shares. Pennsylvania-based Sage Financial Grp Inc has invested 0.02% in The Procter & Gamble Company (NYSE:PG). Teachers Insur & Annuity Association Of America reported 0.39% stake. Thrivent For Lutherans accumulated 0.04% or 99,494 shares. King Wealth Group Inc Ltd Liability reported 9,353 shares. 22,729 are held by Intrust Bankshares Na.

More important recent Abbott Laboratories (NYSE:ABT) news were published by: Businesswire.com which released: "Global In-Vitro Diagnostic (IVD) Market Size, Trends & Forecasts Report 2017 ..." on December 04, 2017, also Investorplace.com published article titled: "Quant Score Make Abbott Laboratories (ABT) a Buy", Investorplace.com published: "Abbott Laboratories (ABT) a Buy on Strong Quant Score" on November 28, 2017. Massachusetts-based Congress Asset Mgmt Ma has invested 0.03% in The Procter & Gamble Company (NYSE:PG). Ronna Sue Cohen stated it has 84,990 shares. Independent Portfolio Consultants invested in 1,982 shares or 0.04% of the stock. Halsey Assocs Ct owns 26,868 shares. Dixon Hubard Feinour Brown Incorporated Va owns 12,844 shares for 0.32% of their portfolio. Brookfield Asset Management Inc (Put) (NYSE:BAM) was reduced too. Eight analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and ten have issued a buy rating to the company. Therefore 95% are positive. Abbott Laboratories had a return on equity of 13.98% and a net margin of 8.37%. $91.78's average target is 0.58% above currents $91.25 stock price. Abbott Laboratories had 87 analyst reports since July 24, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. RBC Capital Markets has "Outperform" rating and $50 target. As per Wednesday, July 26, the company rating was maintained by Morgan Stanley. The stock has "Sell" rating by Goldman Sachs on Monday, January 9. On Thursday, June 29 the stock rating was reinitiated by Jefferies with "Buy". The company was initiated on Wednesday, January 6 by Atlantic Securities. The rating was maintained by Morgan Stanley with "Equal-Weight" on Tuesday, July 11. On Friday, July 21 the stock rating was maintained by Argus Research with "Buy". Jefferies has "Buy" rating and $9800 target. On Thursday, October 5 the stock rating was maintained by SunTrust with "Hold".

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Following the completion of the sale, the insider now owns 25,618 shares of the company's stock, valued at approximately $1,437,682.16. Also, insider Sharon J. Bracken sold 2,188 shares of the firm's stock in a transaction dated Thursday, November 30th. Investors of record on Friday, October 13th were given a dividend of $0.265 per share. Its down 0.75, from 1.63 in 2017Q1. It is negative, as 69 investors sold Abbott Laboratories shares while 545 reduced holdings.

Other hedge funds and other institutional investors also recently made changes to their positions in the company. Eagle Ridge Management reported 1.68% in Abbott Laboratories (NYSE:ABT). Sandy Spring Retail Bank, Maryland-based fund reported 129,148 shares. Zacks Investment Research raised Abbott Laboratories from a "hold" rating to a "buy" rating and set a $58.00 price objective on the stock in a report on Friday, September 22nd. Diligent Investors Ltd Company reported 0.32% of its portfolio in Abbott Laboratories (NYSE:ABT). Inspirion Wealth Advisors Limited Liability Corp has invested 5.69% in Abbott Laboratories (NYSE:ABT). Horan Cap Lc owns 49,915 shares. Asset has invested 0.27% in Abbott Laboratories (NYSE:ABT). Sfe Inv Counsel has 2.88% invested in Abbott Laboratories (NYSE:ABT). Cap Ltd Limited Liability accumulated 1,022 shares. Moreover, Capstone Asset has 0.51% invested in Abbott Laboratories (NYSE:ABT) for 379,922 shares. Zacks Investment Research raised Abbott Laboratories from a "hold" rating to a "buy" rating and set a $58.00 price objective on the stock in a research note on Friday, September 22nd. Flossbach Von Storch Ag acquired 29,250 shares as Abbott Laboratories (ABT)'s stock declined 3.42%. The stock was sold at an average price of $55.55, for a total value of $1,325,756.30.

Analysts await Abbott Laboratories (NYSE:ABT) to report earnings on January, 24. As per Thursday, July 23, the company rating was maintained by RBC Capital Markets. Wells Fargo has "Buy" rating and $64.0 target. Bronfman E.L. Rothschild L.P. now owns 19,037 shares of the healthcare product maker's stock worth $925,000 after buying an additional 2,979 shares during the period. Barclays increased their price objective on Abbott Laboratories from $57.00 to $60.00 and gave the stock an "overweight" rating in a research note on Thursday, September 28th.

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