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2. As of noon trading, Abbott Laboratories ( ABT) is up $0.66 (1.81) to $37.06 on heavy volume Thus far, 8.5 million shares of Abbott Laboratories exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 9.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $36.46-$37.48 after having opened the day at $36.84 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $36.40.

Abbott Laboratories engages in the discovery, development, manufacture, and sale of health care products worldwide. Abbott Laboratories has a market cap of $56.7 billion and is part of the health services industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 9.7, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 11.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Abbott Laboratories as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, notable return on equity and reasonable valuation levels. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including unimpressive growth in net income, a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself and feeble growth in the company's earnings per share. Get the full Abbott Laboratories Ratings Report now.

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