Jefferies Believes Abbott Labs (NYSE: ABT) Still Has Room to Grow

By Carrie Williams

In a report released today, Jeffrey Holford from Jefferies reiterated a Buy rating on Abbott Labs (NYSE: ABT), with a price target of $55. The company’s shares closed yesterday at $48.12, close to its 52-week high of $48.34.

According to, Holford is a 5-star analyst with an average return of 9.8% and a 77.8% success rate. Holford covers the Healthcare sector, focusing on stocks such as Parnell Pharmaceuticals, Sanofi-Aventis Sa, and Johnson & Johnson.

Abbott Labs has an analyst consensus of Moderate Buy, with a price target consensus of $48.71.

Abbott Labs’ market cap is currently $83.5B and has a P/E ratio of 49.50. The company has a book value ratio of 2.6625.

Based on the recent corporate insider activity of 105 insiders, corporate insider sentiment is positive on the stock. This means that over the past quarter there has been an increase of insiders buying their shares of ABT in relation to earlier this year. Most recently, in April 2017, Roger Bird, the SVP of ABT sold 5,600 shares for a total of $245,392.

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Abbott Laboratories engages in the discovery, development, manufacture and sale of a broad and diversified line of health care products. It operates through the following segments: Established Pharmaceutical Products, Nutritional Products, Diagnostic Products, and Vascular Products. The Established Pharmaceutical Products segment refers to the international sales of a line of branded generic pharmaceutical products. The Nutritional Products segment caters to the worldwide sales of adult and pediatric nutritional products. The Diagnostic Products segment markets diagnostic systems and tests for blood banks, hospitals, commercial laboratories and alternate-care testing sites. The Vascular Products segment trades coronary, endovascular, structural heart, vessel closure and other medical device products. The company was founded by Wallace Calvin Abbott in 1888 and is headquartered in Abbott Park, IL.