Abbott Laboratories (ABT), (founding name: Abbott Alkaloid Company) is a global pharmaceutical company with around 73,000 employees in 150 countries. Abbott was founded in 1888 by Wallace C. Abbott (1857-1921) and is headquartered in Abbott Park, a northern suburb of Chicago, Illinois.
According to Abbott Laboratories's latest financial reports and stock price the company's current price-to-earnings ratio (TTM) is 22.1802. At the end of 2021 the company had a P/E ratio of 35.2.
The Price/Earnings ratio measures the relationship between a company's stock price and its earnings per share. A low but positive P/E ratio stands for a company that is generating high earnings compared to its current valuation and might be undervalued. A company with a high negative (near 0) P/E ratio stands for a company that is generating heavy losses compared to its current valuation.
Companies with a P/E ratio over 30 or a negative one are generaly seen as "growth stocks" meaning that investors typically expect the company to grow or to become profitable in the future.
Companies with a positive P/E ratio bellow 10 are generally seen as "value stocks" meaning that the company is already very profitable and unlikely to strong growth in the future.