When I bad mouthed ABT for lack of performance, I caught a ration of crap from the long people on this board. But now it seems there is a lot more people on this board questioning ABT's performance or lack there of.
If you are not satisfied with a triple (mid-20s to mid-70s) in five years, recommend you look somewhere other than Value Line A+ stocks. Over virtually any 5 year holding period, ABT has been a superior holding as part of a 10-20 stock portfolio.
quite a few bb contributors think that abt is a stale going-nowhere company. is there truth to that beside its performance the last few or many yrs? i think that it's a defensive stock (esp right now) and that any new spectacular growth will be major bonuses. which parts of its businesses are most promising- nutrition? medical supplies/equipm? or drugs?