Watch Abbott Laboratories' (NYS: ABT) earnings report to see if it can beat analyst expectations for the fifth consecutive quarter. The company will unveil its latest earnings on Wednesday, Oct. 19. Abbott Laboratories is a pharmaceuticals health care company, whose main line of business is in the discovery, development, manufacture, and sale of a broad range of health care products. Its customers include wholesalers, hospitals, and commercial laboratories.
What analysts say:
Buy, sell, or hold?: Analysts strongly back Abbott Laboratories, with 11 of 19 rating it a buy and the remainder rating it a hold. Analysts like Abbott Laboratories better than competitor Sanofi overall.
Revenue Forecasts: On average, analysts predict $9.65 billion in revenue this quarter. That would represent a rise of 11.2% from the year-ago quarter.
Wall Street Earnings Expectations: The average analyst estimate is earnings of $1.17 per share. Estimates range from $1.16 to $1.18.
What our community says:
CAPS All-Stars are solidly backing the stock, with 97.8% awarding it an "outperform" rating. The community at large agrees with the All-Stars, with 96.6% granting it a rating of "outperform." Fools are keen on Abbott Laboratories and haven't been shy with their opinions lately, logging 615 posts in the past 30 days. Abbott Laboratories has a bullish CAPS rating of five out of five stars that is about on par with the Fool community assessment.
Abbott Laboratories' income has fallen year over year by an average of 2.4% over the past five quarters. Revenue has now gone up for three straight quarters.
Now let's look at how efficient management is at running the business. Traditionally, margins represent the efficiency with which companies capture portions of sales dollars. The following table shows gross, operating, and net margins over the past four quarters.
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