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What Can Abbott Lab Shareholders Expect From the Recent Break Up?

“Drug and medical stocks are not generally thought of as stocks hitting 52-week highs by the investing public.  So what about when a company decides to unlock shareholder value by breaking itself up?  Abbott Laboratories (NYSE: ABT) is company which we noted one day could become the next mega-cap ($100 billion in value), but now the company is breaking itself up into two companies.

The first bit of news is that the $1.18 EPS report was a penny ahead of expectations, but other reports were calling the earnings a miss.  The larger news is of the company’s break-up whereby it will spin off its drug unit.  Zacks has outlined its take on the break-up as well with a current “Neutral” rating. ….”

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#OWS Will Not Go Away or Be Discredited

A peaceful protest can not be disbanded…. 

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Upgrades and Downgrades This Morning


KO – Coca-Cola upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at HSBC

WAG – Walgreens initiated with a Neutral at Mizuho

CVS – CVS Caremark initiated with a Buy at Mizuho

INTC – Intel target raised to $34 from $32 at Stifel Nicolaus

CMG – Chipotle Mexican Grill initiated with a Neutral at UBS

RRC – Range Resources target raised to $90 from $75 at Stifel Nicolaus

CVGW – Calavo Growers upgraded to Buy from Hold at BB&T

APC – Anadarko Petro initiated with an Overweight at Morgan Stanley

LVS – Las Vegas Sands added to Key Call List at UBS

FOSL – Fossil initiated with Buy at Citigroup

TJX – TJX upgraded to Buy from Hold at ISI Group

CP – Canadian Pacific upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at BofA/Merrill

ROST – Ross Stores upgraded to Buy from Sell at ISI Group


BID – Sotheby’s initiated with a Neutral at Citigroup

CLI – Mack-Cali Realty downgraded to Hold from Buy at ISI Group

JNPR – Juniper Networks downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Wells Fargo

LNKD – LinkedIn initiated with a Neutral at Lazard

JBHT – JB Hunt Trans downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Suntrust

HSP – Hospira downgraded to Hold from Buy at Capstone

RNOW – Rightnow Tech downgraded to Hold at Stifel Nicolaus

LNCE – Lance downgraded to Hold from Buy at BB&T

RRC – Range Resources downgraded to Sell from Hold at Canaccord Genuity

PWAV – Powerwave downgraded to Hold from Buy at WJB Capital

CHD – Church & Dwight downgraded to Underperform from Outperform at Credit Agricole

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Gapping Up and Down This Morning

Gapping up

HA +11.8%,   KO +0.6%, ELN +1.9%, URI +9.2%, USAT +8.7%, FOSL +0.6%, ISRG +7.4%, FSII +4.7%,  ABT +9.6%

INTC +4.0%, GLNG +3.3%, WMB +1.9%, ING +3.7%, LYG +3%, DB +1.2%, HBC +0.8%,  ISRG +8%, FSII +4.7%,

Gapping down

PWAV -34.9%, CWTR -14.4%, JAG -6.7%, AAPL -5%, CREE -4.5%, LLTC -4.4%, BIP -3.8%, JBLU -2.6%,

RIO -1.8%, BRCM -1.5%, MAIN -1.5%, BHP -1.4%, CSX -1.1%, RIO -1.8%, SLV -1.4%, GLD -1%, GLD -0.9%,

MT -0.9%, AEM -7.2%,  ALU -6.5%,  ONNN -5.7%,  ERIC -4.6%, ARMH -2.5%,  JBLU -2.6%,  JBLU -2.6%, RRC -3%,

GS -0.7%,

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