BMO Capital Markets Reaffirms Positive Rating for Johnson & Johnson (NYSE:JNJ)

BMO Capital Markets restated their positive rating on shares of Johnson & Johnson (NYSE:JNJ) in a research report sent to investors on Wednesday, October 18th. BMO Capital Markets currently has a $152.00 price objective on the stock, up from their prior price objective of $145.00.

Other equities analysts have also issued reports about the company. J P Morgan Chase & Co increased their price target on Johnson & Johnson from $140.00 to $148.00 and gave the company an overweight rating in a research note on Wednesday, August 16th. BTIG Research lowered Johnson & Johnson from a neutral rating to a sell rating and set a $110.00 price objective for the company. in a research note on Friday, July 21st. UBS AG reissued a buy rating and set a $148.00 price objective (up from $136.00) on shares of Johnson & Johnson in a research note on Wednesday, July 19th. Wells Fargo & Company reissued a market perform rating and set a $135.00 price objective (up from $132.00) on shares of Johnson & Johnson in a research note on Thursday, July 6th. Finally, Jefferies Group LLC set a $145.00 price objective on Johnson & Johnson and gave the stock a hold rating in a research note on Tuesday, August 15th. Four research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, eight have issued a hold rating and eleven have assigned a buy rating to the company. The stock currently has a consensus rating of Hold and a consensus target price of $143.70.

Shares of Johnson & Johnson (NYSE JNJ) traded down 0.02% during mid-day trading on Wednesday, hitting $141.78. The company’s stock had a trading volume of 5,140,654 shares. The company has a market cap of $380.54 billion, a PE ratio of 24.66 and a beta of 0.78. The stock has a 50-day moving average of $135.26 and a 200-day moving average of $131.38. Johnson & Johnson has a 12-month low of $109.32 and a 12-month high of $144.35.

Johnson & Johnson (NYSE:JNJ) last issued its quarterly earnings results on Tuesday, October 17th. The company reported $1.90 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating analysts’ consensus estimates of $1.80 by $0.10. The firm had revenue of $19.65 billion during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $19.29 billion. Johnson & Johnson had a return on equity of 27.68% and a net margin of 21.28%. The firm’s quarterly revenue was up 10.3% on a year-over-year basis. During the same period last year, the company posted $1.68 EPS. On average, equities research analysts forecast that Johnson & Johnson will post $7.28 EPS for the current year.

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The firm also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Tuesday, December 12th. Stockholders of record on Tuesday, November 28th will be given a $0.84 dividend. This represents a $3.36 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 2.37%. The ex-dividend date is Monday, November 27th. Johnson & Johnson’s dividend payout ratio is currently 58.33%.

Several large investors have recently modified their holdings of JNJ. Harding Loevner LP acquired a new stake in shares of Johnson & Johnson in the second quarter valued at about $106,000. Mitsubishi UFJ Securities Holdings Co. Ltd. grew its position in shares of Johnson & Johnson by 29.9% in the second quarter. Mitsubishi UFJ Securities Holdings Co. Ltd. now owns 870 shares of the company’s stock valued at $115,000 after purchasing an additional 200 shares during the last quarter. Lenox Wealth Advisors Inc. grew its position in shares of Johnson & Johnson by 0.6% in the second quarter. Lenox Wealth Advisors Inc. now owns 876 shares of the company’s stock valued at $116,000 after purchasing an additional 5 shares during the last quarter. IHT Wealth Management LLC grew its position in shares of Johnson & Johnson by 46.4% in the second quarter. IHT Wealth Management LLC now owns 10,942 shares of the company’s stock valued at $122,000 after purchasing an additional 3,467 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Mountain Capital Investment Advisors Inc acquired a new stake in Johnson & Johnson during the second quarter worth about $124,000. 65.89% of the stock is currently owned by institutional investors.

Johnson & Johnson Company Profile

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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