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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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January 29, 2015
11:19 EDTABTMylan shareholders approve acquisition of Abbott's generics business
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09:49 EDTABTAbbott says looking for additional acquisitions
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09:26 EDTABTAbbott sees Q1 operational sales growth sales growth in high single digits
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09:21 EDTABTAbbott sees operational sales growth in high single digits for FY15
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09:13 EDTABTAbbott sees 6% negative impact to FY sales from forex
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07:50 EDTABTAbbott sees Q1 EPS excl items 41c-43c, consensus 41c
07:50 EDTABTAbbott sees FY15 EPS excl items $2.10-$2.20, consensus $2.14
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07:50 EDTABTAbbott reports Q4 Nutrition sales up 8.9% to $1.8B
Reports Q4 Diagnostics sales up 8.6% to $1.23B; Reports Q4 Established Pharmaceuticals sales up 35.4% to 922M; Reports Q4 Medical Devices sales up 0.4% to $1.38B.
07:48 EDTABTAbbott expects top tier earnings growth in 2015 despite currency headwinds
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07:47 EDTABTAbbott reports Q4 EPS excl items 71c, consensus 67c
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January 28, 2015
15:38 EDTABTNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
Notable companies reporting before tomorrow's market open, with earnings consensus, include Celgene (CELG), consensus 99c... ConocoPhillips (COP), consensus 59c... Abbott Laboratories (ABT), consensus 67c... Occidental Petroleum (OXY), consensus 68c... Colgate-Palmolive (CL), consensus 74c... Ford (F), consensus 23c... Dow Chemical (DOW), consensus 69c... Alibaba (BABA), consensus 75c... Thermo Fisher (TMO), consensus $1.94; Time Warner Cable (TWC), consensus $2.09... Phillips 66 (PSX), consensus $1.34... Alexion Pharmaceuticals (ALXN), consensus $1.29... Baxter International (BAX), consensus $1.31... Cardinal Health (CAH), consensus $1.10... Raytheon (RTN), consensus $1.08... Northrop Grumman (NOC), consensus $2.25... Viacom (VIAB), consensus $1.28... Valero Energy (VLO), consensus $1.32... Sherwin-Williams (SHW), consensus $1.38... Hershey (HSY), consensus $1.06... Mead Johnson (MJN), consensus 88c... Zimmer (ZMH), consensus $1.71... Xcel Energy (XEL), consensus 34c... Royal Caribbean (RCL), consensus 42c... Coach (COH), consensus 66c... Kate Spade (KATE), consensus 24c... Harley-Davidson (HOG), consensus 34c... Stanley Black & Decker (SWK), consensus $1.52... L-3 Communications (LLL), consensus $2.27... JetBlue (JBLU), consensus 24c.
11:34 EDTABTEC clears Abbott sale of non-U.S. EPD-DM business to Mylan, with conditions
The European Commission has cleared under the EU Merger Regulation the proposed acquisition of Abbott Laboratories' (ABT) Non-U.S. Developed Markets Specialty and Branded Generics Business, or EPD-DM, by Mylan (MYL). The decision is conditional upon the divestment of a number of Mylan's businesses in Germany, the United Kingdom, France, Ireland and Italy. The Commission had concerns that the transaction, as initially notified, would have reduced competition on the market for several medicines. The commitments offered by Mylan address these concerns, the EC said.

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