2. As of noon trading, Medtronic ( MDT) is up $0.25 (0.6%) to $44.79 on light volume Thus far, 1.5 million shares of Medtronic exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $44.42-$44.91 after having opened the day at $44.73 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $44.54.

Medtronic, Inc. manufactures and sells device-based medical therapies worldwide. Medtronic has a market cap of $44.6 billion and is part of the health care sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 14.2, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 8.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 10 analysts that rate Medtronic a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 12 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Medtronic as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, attractive valuation levels, solid stock price performance, expanding profit margins and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full Medtronic Ratings Report now.

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