Why Abaxis Shares Popped

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What: Shares of medical products maker Abaxis (NAS: ABAX) are popping 15% today following stronger-than-expected fourth-quarter results.

So what: Abaxis proved this morning that while blood analysis kits may sound boring, they are quite profitable. Total revenue for the fourth quarter rose 14% to $42.7 million and was highlighted by a 16% boost in North American revenue and a 19% jump in veterinary market sales. Total profit for the quarter came in at $0.21, $0.05 higher than Wall Street had expected, and also benefiting from a lower effective tax rate.

Now what: I've said it before and I'll say it again: Medical products are a great place to position yourself over the long term since the demand in this sector is only going to increase. With strong growth in North America and in the veterinary market, as well as significant growth opportunities still present internationally, I feel Abaxis shareholders stand to be rewarded nicely over the long run.

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