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January 22, 2013
15:11 EDTABTEarnings Preview: Abbott's Q4 will be last to include proprietary pharma
Abbott Laboratories (ABT) is scheduled to report Q4 earnings before the market open on Wednesday January 23, with a conference call scheduled for 9:00 am ET. Abbott is engaged in the discovery, development, manufacture, and sale of health care products worldwide. The company recently separated its proprietary pharmaceutical business into AbbVie, an independent company... EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for EPS of $1.50 on revenue of $10.58B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is $1.47-$1.53 on revenue of $10.40B-$10.76B... LAST QUARTER: Abbott reported Q3 EPS of $1.30 against estimates of $1.28 on revenue of $9.77B against estimates of $9.93B. On its Q3 earnings conference call the company said it was too early to give FY13 guidance... STREET RESEARCH: On January 11, Barclays initiated Abbott with an Equal Weight and a $35 price target. Earlier in January, Deutsche Bank downgraded Abbott to Hold from Buy with a $33 price target citing valuation following the spin-off of AbbVie, while Wells Fargo in a research note on January 2 said Abbott shares are attractive following the spin-off, citing significant margin expansion opportunities. Wells Fargo gave a valuation range on Abbott shares of $33-$34 to reflect the spin-off... PRICE ACTION: Shares of Abbott traded in an upward trajectory in 2012 from approximately $56.50 to a high of approximately $72 reached in mid-October. Abbott has traded in a range of approximately $31.64 to $33.88 since the company announced the completion of the spin-off on January 2.
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August 18, 2014
09:00 EDTABTAbbott and Defense Department to develop portable blood tests
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August 12, 2014
09:32 EDTABTAbbott says Medicare NCD expands access to MitraClip
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August 8, 2014
17:10 EDTABTMarket finishes week up slightly as earnings offset by political events
Stocks finished the week fractionally higher than where they started as strong corporate earnings reports and better than expected economic data was weighed against concerns about geopolitical issues and negative M&A news. MACRO NEWS: A few ongoing geopolitical conflicts worried investors and weighed on shares. Russia unveiled sanctions against Western countries, banning the import of a wide range of food items from the U.S, the EU and a few allied countries in response to sanctions recently enacted against it from G7 nations... President Obama authorized the bombing of rebels in Iraq and Hamas and Israel failed to reach a permanent truce... An ISM services index, the U.S. trade deficit for June, and weekly jobless claims were all better than expected. Meanwhile, the increase in unit labor costs last quarter came in below the consensus outlook, perhaps easing fears that the Fed will need to raise interest rates sooner than expected. COMPANY NEWS: On the M&A front, two huge potential deals fell through as 21st Century Fox (FOX, FOXA) withdrew its offer to acquire Time Warner (TWX) and Sprint (S) reportedly decided to end its pursuit of a merger with peer T-Mobile (TMUS)... President Obama indicated that his administration would take unilateral steps in an effort to prevent companies from carrying out tax inversion acquisitions. Among the deals or possible transactions that involve inversion are Medtronic's (MDT) acquisition of Covidien (COV), Valeant's (VRX) proposed takeover of Allergan (AGN) and Mylan's (MYL) acquisition of Abbott's (ABT) developed markets branded generics pharmaceuticals business. Meanwhile, Walgreen's (WAG) stock tumbled after the U.S. company said it would not structure its takeover of European drugstore chain Alliance Boots as a tax inversion deal... 21st Century Fox, 3D printer maker Stratasys (SSYS), chip maker NVIDIA (NVDA), brewer Molson Coors (TAP), and luxury accessories maker Coach (COH) all rose following their earnings reports. Conversely, Target (TGT), luxury accessories maker Michael Kors (KORS) and Internet coupon provider Groupon (GRPN) fell following their results or guidance... Gannett (GCI) struck a deal to acquire the remaining 73% interest in Classified Ventures, whose primary asset is the online car shopping website Cars.com, for $1.8B from the other partners in the venture, which include McClatchy (MNI), Tribune Media (TRBAA), Graham Holdings (GHC) and A. H. Belo (AHC). Gannett also announced plans to spin-off its Publishing business, which includes USA Today, through a tax-free distribution to shareholders... McDonald's (MCD) stock was little changed after the company reported that its comparable store sales fell 2.5% in July, which was significantly worse than expected. Food quality issues weighed on the fast food company's sales in Asia and as a result of the China supplier issue, the company warned its previously issued global comparable sales forecast for 2014 is now at risk. INDEXES: The Dow finished the week up 0.35% to 16,553.93, the S&P 500 rose 0.32% to 1,931.59, and the Nasdaq gained 0.41% to 4,370.90.
07:38 EDTABTAbbott overhang removed by CMS decision on MitraClip, says RBC Capital
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07:01 EDTABTHarvard professor says Treasury can reduce inversion incentives, NY Times says
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August 7, 2014
10:29 EDTABTMylan: Noise about inversion is tremendous speculation and that's all it is
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10:20 EDTABTMylan says litigation ins ongoing in India regarding Teva
Mylan (MYL) said that it expects Teva's (TEVA) efforts to seek an injunction will "as ineffective as it was in U.S. courts." The company said it will not provide further comment on the matter. Mylan said it will also postpone its 2014 Investor Day due to the ongoing nature of the Abbott (ABT) transaction. It expects its fully realized savings and profit from new products will not be realized till 2015. Comments taken from Q2 earnings conference call.
06:42 EDTABTObama to look to limit inversion deals, Politico says
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