Is Abbott Laboratories (ABT) a Smart Long-term Buy?

Baron Health Care Fund recently published its third-quarter commentary – a copy of which can be downloaded here. During the third quarter of 2020, the Baron Health Care Fund returned 11.64% (institutional shares). In comparison, the benchmark S&P 500 Index was up 8.93%, while the Russell 3000 Health Care Index was up 6.48%. You should check out Baron’s top 5 stock picks for investors to buy right now, which could be the biggest winners of 2021.

In the Q3 2020 Investor Letter, Baron Health Care Fund highlighted a few stocks and Abbott Laboratories (NYSE:ABT) is one of them. Abbott Laboratories (NYSE:ABT) is a healthcare company. Year-to-date, Abbott Laboratories (NYSE:ABT) stock gained 22.4% and on December 9th it had a closing price of $106.32. Here is what Baron Health Care Fund said:

“Global medical device company Abbott Laboratories contributed to performance on increased sales of diagnostic products used for COVID-19 diagnosis. Abbott also received FDA approval of Libre 2.0, its glucose monitoring device for patients with diabetes. We continue to believe Abbott has the ability to generate solid long-term growth driven by multiple areas of its business.”

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Last month, we published an article revealing that Abbott Laboratories (NYSE:ABT) is one of the top 5 earnings growth stocks with dividends for 2021.

In Q3 2020, the number of bullish hedge fund positions on Abbott Laboratories (NYSE:ABT) stock decreased by about 7% from the previous quarter (see the chart here), so a number of other hedge fund managers don’t believe in Abbott’s growth potential. Our calculations showed that Abbott Laboratories (NYSE:ABT) isn’t ranked among the 30 most popular stocks among hedge funds.

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