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At US$78.27, Is It Time To Put Abbott Laboratories (NYSE:ABT) On Your Watch List?

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Let's talk about the popular Abbott Laboratories (NYSE:ABT). The company's shares saw a double-digit share price rise of over 10% in the past couple of months on the NYSE. As a large-cap stock with high coverage by analysts, you could assume any recent changes in the company’s outlook is already priced into the stock. But what if there is still an opportunity to buy? Today I will analyse the most recent data on Abbott Laboratories’s outlook and valuation to see if the opportunity still exists.

View our latest analysis for Abbott Laboratories

What's the opportunity in Abbott Laboratories?

The stock seems fairly valued at the moment according to my valuation model. It’s trading around 6.7% above my intrinsic value, which means if you buy Abbott Laboratories today, you’d be paying a relatively fair price for it. And if you believe the company’s true value is $73.35, there’s only an insignificant downside when the price falls to its real value. Is there another opportunity to buy low in the future? Since Abbott Laboratories’s share price is quite volatile, we could potentially see it sink lower (or rise higher) in the future, giving us another chance to buy. This is based on its high beta, which is a good indicator for how much the stock moves relative to the rest of the market.

What does the future of Abbott Laboratories look like?

NYSE:ABT Past and Future Earnings, May 1st 2019

Future outlook is an important aspect when you’re looking at buying a stock, especially if you are an investor looking for growth in your portfolio. Although value investors would argue that it’s the intrinsic value relative to the price that matter the most, a more compelling investment thesis would be high growth potential at a cheap price. With profit expected to grow by 80% over the next couple of years, the future seems bright for Abbott Laboratories. It looks like higher cash flow is on the cards for the stock, which should feed into a higher share valuation.

What this means for you:

Are you a shareholder? ABT’s optimistic future growth appears to have been factored into the current share price, with shares trading around its fair value. However, there are also other important factors which we haven’t considered today, such as the financial strength of the company. Have these factors changed since the last time you looked at the stock? Will you have enough confidence to invest in the company should the price drop below its fair value?

Are you a potential investor? If you’ve been keeping tabs on ABT, now may not be the most optimal time to buy, given it is trading around its fair value. However, the positive outlook is encouraging for the company, which means it’s worth further examining other factors such as the strength of its balance sheet, in order to take advantage of the next price drop.

Price is just the tip of the iceberg. Dig deeper into what truly matters – the fundamentals – before you make a decision on Abbott Laboratories. You can find everything you need to know about Abbott Laboratories in the latest infographic research report. If you are no longer interested in Abbott Laboratories, you can use our free platform to see my list of over 50 other stocks with a high growth potential.

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