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Abbott

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Abbott boosts quarterly dividend to 28c from 26.5c

Abbott said its board increased the company's quarterly common dividend to 28c per share from 26.5c per share. The cash dividend is payable Feb. 15, 2018, to shareholders of record at the close of business on Jan. 12, 2018.

ABT Abbott
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With Abbott targeting Dexcom, Piper says Libre advantages will be 'short-lived'
Piper Jaffray analyst JP McKim said Abbott (ABT) has become more aggressive in the past week with marketing its Libre system and specifically targeting current Dexcom (DXCM) users. While he expects near-term volatility, McKim thinks Dexcom's better technology will win over the long-term and with the company's improved G6 expected out by the end of 2018 he sees Libre's advantages to "be short-lived." The analyst maintains an Overweight rating on Dexcom shares.
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Abbott upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at BMO Capital
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Target $65
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Outperform
Abbott upgraded to Outperform at BMO Capital on easier comps outlook
As noted earlier, BMO analyst Joanne Wuensch upgraded Abbott to Outperform from Market Perform, keeping her price target at $65. Wuensch says she is placing the stock on her "Top Picks" list, noting that 2018 will be the "year of execution" with several product launches ahead and acquisitions of Alere and St. June in the past. The analyst is also positive on the first half of next year, saying the company stands to benefit from easier comps and shifting foreign exchange environment.
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On The Fly: Top five analyst upgrades
Catch up on today's top five analyst upgrades with this list compiled by The Fly: 1. Verizon (VZ) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Nomura Instinet by analyst Jeffrey Kvaal, who said that better visibility into subscriber growth, rising average revenue per user and cost control will drive earnings growth in 2018. Further, he believes tax reform should also boost the company's earnings. The analyst thinks signs of easing competition may also spur multiple expansion. 2. Northrop Grumman (NOC) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan by analyst Seth Seifman, who said that more profitable F-35 growth will accelerate in 2018 while management's initial take on the Orbital ATK (OA) deal, including synergies, will prove conservative. He called Northrop his top defense prime pick. 3. Activision Blizzard (ATVI) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman Sachs by analyst Christopher Merwin, who recommends owning this discounted "high-quality" asset ahead of accelerating earnings growth over the next 2-3 years. Merwin raised Activision's 2019 and 2020 estimates to reflect a robust pipeline of games including Diablo, Overwatch 2, and a Blizzard mobile title, which he does not believe Street estimates fully reflect. 4. Abbott (ABT) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at BMO Capital by analyst Joanne Wuensch, who said she is placing the stock on her "Top Picks" list, noting that 2018 will be the "year of execution" with several product launches ahead and acquisitions of Alere and St. June in the past. 5. HCA Healthcare (HCA), Tenet (THC) and Universal Health (UHS) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citi by analyst Ralph Giacobbe, who cited a more constructive view on the hospital space. The analyst sees a better volume backdrop in 2018 and low expectations for the sector. He believes hospital stocks offer an attractive upside scenario. This list is just a portion of The Fly's full analyst coverage. To see The Fly's full Street Research coverage, click here.

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