Johnson & Johnson (NYSE:JNJ) Earns “Outperform” Rating from Wells Fargo & Company

Johnson & Johnson (NYSE:JNJ)‘s stock had its “outperform” rating reaffirmed by research analysts at Wells Fargo & Company in a note issued to investors on Wednesday, October 18th, The Fly reports. They presently have a $155.00 price objective on the stock, up from their prior price objective of $149.00. Wells Fargo & Company’s price target points to a potential upside of 9.30% from the company’s current price.

JNJ has been the subject of a number of other research reports. Credit Suisse Group reaffirmed a “buy” rating on shares of Johnson & Johnson in a research report on Friday, August 4th. Piper Jaffray Companies reiterated a “hold” rating and issued a $120.00 price target on shares of Johnson & Johnson in a research note on Wednesday, October 4th. Vetr cut shares of Johnson & Johnson from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating and set a $130.49 price target for the company. in a research note on Monday, September 18th. Alembic Global Advisors cut shares of Johnson & Johnson from a “neutral” rating to an “underweight” rating in a research note on Friday, July 21st. Finally, Stifel Nicolaus increased their price target on shares of Johnson & Johnson from $140.00 to $142.00 and gave the company a “hold” rating in a research note on Wednesday, October 18th. Four investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, eight have given a hold rating and eleven have assigned a buy rating to the stock. Johnson & Johnson has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $143.70.

Shares of Johnson & Johnson (NYSE JNJ) opened at 141.81 on Wednesday. The company has a 50 day moving average price of $134.68 and a 200-day moving average price of $131.18. The firm has a market cap of $380.62 billion, a PE ratio of 24.66 and a beta of 0.78. Johnson & Johnson has a 12-month low of $109.32 and a 12-month high of $144.35.

Johnson & Johnson (NYSE:JNJ) last released its earnings results on Tuesday, October 17th. The company reported $1.90 earnings per share for the quarter, beating analysts’ consensus estimates of $1.80 by $0.10. The business had revenue of $19.65 billion during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $19.29 billion. Johnson & Johnson had a net margin of 21.28% and a return on equity of 27.68%. The firm’s revenue for the quarter was up 10.3% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same quarter last year, the firm earned $1.68 earnings per share. Analysts expect that Johnson & Johnson will post $7.28 EPS for the current year.

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A number of institutional investors and hedge funds have recently bought and sold shares of the business. State Street Corp lifted its position in shares of Johnson & Johnson by 4.3% in the 1st quarter. State Street Corp now owns 160,223,321 shares of the company’s stock worth $19,955,806,000 after purchasing an additional 6,656,371 shares during the period. BlackRock Inc. lifted its position in shares of Johnson & Johnson by 2.6% in the 2nd quarter. BlackRock Inc. now owns 174,073,764 shares of the company’s stock worth $23,028,219,000 after purchasing an additional 4,332,612 shares during the period. Janus Henderson Group PLC lifted its position in shares of Johnson & Johnson by 717.9% in the 2nd quarter. Janus Henderson Group PLC now owns 3,748,008 shares of the company’s stock worth $495,837,000 after purchasing an additional 3,289,763 shares during the period. Vanguard Group Inc. lifted its position in shares of Johnson & Johnson by 1.5% in the 2nd quarter. Vanguard Group Inc. now owns 200,450,985 shares of the company’s stock worth $26,517,661,000 after purchasing an additional 3,023,110 shares during the period. Finally, Parametric Portfolio Associates LLC lifted its position in shares of Johnson & Johnson by 47.9% in the 2nd quarter. Parametric Portfolio Associates LLC now owns 7,970,670 shares of the company’s stock worth $1,054,433,000 after purchasing an additional 2,581,562 shares during the period. 65.89% of the stock is currently owned by hedge funds and other institutional investors.

About Johnson & Johnson

Johnson & Johnson is a holding company, which is engaged in the research and development, manufacture and sale of a range of products in the healthcare field. It operates through three segments: Consumer, Pharmaceutical and Medical Devices. Its primary focus is products related to human health and well-being.

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