Abbott Laboratories (ABT): From Top to Bottom

Abbott Laboratories (ABT) is an interesting player in the Healthcare space, with a focus on Medical Appliances & Equipment. The stock has been active on the tape, currently trading at $63.20, down from yesterday’s close by -0.66%. Given the stock’s recent action, it seemed like a good time to take a closer look at the company’s recent data.

Fundamental Analysis

Abbott Laboratories (ABT) currently trades with a market capitalization of $110.48 Billion. That value represents a market adjusting for revenues that have been growing by 42.30 % on a quarterly year/year basis as of the company’s last quarterly report.

You can get a sense of how sustainable that is by a levered free cash flow of $3.99 Billion over the past twelve months. Generally speaking, earnings are expected to grow in coming quarters. Analysts are forecasting earnings of $0.58 on a per share basis this quarter. Perhaps, that suggests something about why 0.79% of the outstanding share supply is held by institutional investors.

Technical Analysis

We’ve taken a serious look at this stock from a fundamental perspective, but the tale of the tape may offer more hints about what lies under the surface. Looking at the stock’s movement on the chart, Abbott Laboratories recorded a 52-week high of $64.60. It is now trading 1.4% off that level. The stock is trading $59.91 its 50-day moving average by -3.29%. The stock carved out a 52-week low down at $42.31.

In recent action, Abbott Laboratories (ABT) has made a move of +10.09% over the past month, which has come on Strong relative transaction volume. Over the trailing year, the stock is underperforming the S&P 500 by 16.68, and it’s gotten there by action that has been more volatile on a day-to-day basis than most other stocks on the exchange. In terms of the mechanics underlying that movement, traders will want to note that the stock is trading on a float of 0.69% with $1.73 Billion sitting short, betting on future declines. That suggests something of the likelihood of a short squeeze in shares of ABT.

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