Johnson & Johnson (NYSE:JNJ) Rating Reiterated by Cowen and Company

Cowen and Company reiterated their outperform rating on shares of Johnson & Johnson (NYSE:JNJ) in a report released on Wednesday, October 18th, The Fly reports. They currently have a $155.00 price objective on the stock, up from their prior price objective of $147.00.

Other analysts have also recently issued research reports about the stock. J P Morgan Chase & Co upped their target price on shares of 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 cut shares of Johnson & Johnson from a neutral rating to a sell rating and set a $110.00 target price on the stock. in a research note on Friday, July 21st. UBS AG reissued a buy rating and issued a $148.00 target price (up previously 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 issued a $135.00 target price (up previously 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 shares of Johnson & Johnson and gave the stock a hold rating in a research note on Tuesday, August 15th. Four investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, eight have given a hold rating and eleven have issued a buy rating to the company. The stock has an average rating of Hold and an average price target of $143.70.

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

Johnson & Johnson (NYSE:JNJ) last posted its quarterly earnings data on Tuesday, October 17th. The company reported $1.90 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, topping the consensus estimate of $1.80 by $0.10. The company had revenue of $19.65 billion for 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 business’s revenue was up 10.3% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same quarter in the previous year, the firm posted $1.68 EPS. Equities analysts forecast that Johnson & Johnson will post $7.28 earnings per share for the current year.

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The company also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Tuesday, December 12th. Shareholders of record on Tuesday, November 28th will be issued a $0.84 dividend. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Monday, November 27th. This represents a $3.36 annualized dividend and a yield of 2.37%. Johnson & Johnson’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is presently 58.33%.

Hedge funds have recently modified their holdings of the company. OLD Point Trust & Financial Services N A increased its position in shares of Johnson & Johnson by 2.2% during the second quarter. OLD Point Trust & Financial Services N A now owns 61,326 shares of the company’s stock worth $8,113,000 after acquiring an additional 1,321 shares in the last quarter. Lynch & Associates IN increased its position in shares of Johnson & Johnson by 0.9% during the second quarter. Lynch & Associates IN now owns 93,710 shares of the company’s stock worth $12,397,000 after acquiring an additional 841 shares in the last quarter. Oakbrook Investments LLC increased its position in shares of Johnson & Johnson by 7.4% during the second quarter. Oakbrook Investments LLC now owns 136,124 shares of the company’s stock worth $18,008,000 after acquiring an additional 9,375 shares in the last quarter. Trexquant Investment LP bought a new stake in shares of Johnson & Johnson during the first quarter worth $1,731,000. Finally, Bollard Group LLC increased its position in shares of Johnson & Johnson by 5.0% during the second quarter. Bollard Group LLC now owns 9,551 shares of the company’s stock worth $1,263,000 after acquiring an additional 459 shares in the last quarter. 65.89% of the stock is owned by 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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