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May 19, 2014
08:28 EDTABTAbbott acquisition positive, says Wells Fargo
After Abbott announced its plan to acquire Chile-based branded generic pharmaceutical company CFR, Wells Fargo thinks that CFR is a good fit for Abbott's EPD growth platform from a strategic perspective. The firm reports that the deal expands EPD's footprint in Latin America and is expected to add 7c to the company's EPS in 2015. The firm keeps an Outperform rating on Abbott.
News For ABT From The Last 14 Days
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January 30, 2015
10:00 EDTABTOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Abbott (ABT) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... BAE Systems (BAESY) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Cantor... Boston Scientific (BSX) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at BMO Capital... Bottomline Technologies (EPAY) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Craig-Hallum... Capital Bank (CBF) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Sandler ONeill... Centrica PLC (CPYYY) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at UBS... Chico's FAS (CHS) upgraded to Buy at Janney Capital... Coherent (COHR) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at B. Riley... Devon Energy (DVN) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... Farmers National Banc (FMNB) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Sandler O'Neill... Foot Locker (FL) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... Groupon (GRPN) upgraded to Buy from Sell at Ascendiant... JA Solar (JASO) upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform at RBC Capital... K12 (LRN) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo... PolyOne (POL) upgraded to Outperform at RW Baird... QLogic (QLGC) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at BMO Capital... SolarWinds (SWI) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... Stanley Black & Decker (SWK) upgraded to Equal Weight from Underweight at Barclays... SunPower (SPWR) upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform at RBC Capital... TCF Financial (TCB) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at DA... Tempur Sealy (TPX) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Nomura... Textron (TXT) upgraded at BofA/Merrill... Trina Solar (TSL) upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform at RBC Capital... Umpqua Holdings (UMPQ) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Keefe Bruyette... Valero Energy Partners (VLP) upgraded at Credit Suisse... Verifone (PAY) upgraded to Positive from Neutral at Susquehanna... Yahoo (YHOO) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Evercore ISI... Zimmer (ZMH) upgraded to Outperform at RW Baird.
07:15 EDTABTAbbott upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill
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06:45 EDTABTSome suggest doctors could be using stents too often, NY Times reports
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06:02 EDTABTAbbott upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill
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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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