Leerink Swann Reaffirms Outperform Rating for Johnson & Johnson (NYSE:JNJ)

Johnson & Johnson (NYSE:JNJ)‘s stock had its “outperform” rating restated by analysts at Leerink Swann in a research report issued on Wednesday, October 18th, MarketBeat Ratings reports. They presently have a $165.00 target price on the stock, up from their previous target price of $150.00. Leerink Swann’s price objective would suggest a potential upside of 16.38% from the company’s current price. Leerink Swann also issued estimates for Johnson & Johnson’s Q4 2017 earnings at $1.69 EPS, FY2017 earnings at $7.25 EPS, Q1 2018 earnings at $1.99 EPS, Q2 2018 earnings at $2.01 EPS, Q3 2018 earnings at $2.18 EPS, Q4 2018 earnings at $1.81 EPS, FY2018 earnings at $8.00 EPS, FY2019 earnings at $8.55 EPS and FY2020 earnings at $9.24 EPS.

JNJ has been the subject of several other reports. Morgan Stanley boosted their price objective on shares of Johnson & Johnson from $135.00 to $140.00 and gave the company an “overweight” rating in a research note on Wednesday, July 5th. Cowen and Company set a $147.00 price target on shares of Johnson & Johnson and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a research report on Thursday, August 24th. UBS AG reaffirmed a “buy” rating and set a $148.00 price target on shares of Johnson & Johnson in a research report on Thursday, August 31st. BidaskClub cut shares of Johnson & Johnson from a “strong-buy” rating to a “buy” rating in a research report on Saturday, July 1st. Finally, Zacks Investment Research raised shares of Johnson & Johnson from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Wednesday, October 4th. Four investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, eight have issued a hold rating and eleven have given a buy rating to the company. The company presently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $143.70.

Shares of Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) traded down 0.02% during trading on Wednesday, hitting $141.78. The stock had a trading volume of 5,140,654 shares. Johnson & Johnson has a 52-week low of $109.32 and a 52-week high of $144.35. The firm’s 50-day moving average is $135.26 and its 200 day moving average is $131.38. The firm has a market cap of $380.54 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 24.66 and a beta of 0.78.

Johnson & Johnson (NYSE:JNJ) last announced its quarterly earnings data on Tuesday, October 17th. The company reported $1.90 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $1.80 by $0.10. Johnson & Johnson had a net margin of 21.28% and a return on equity of 27.68%. The company had revenue of $19.65 billion during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $19.29 billion. During the same period in the previous year, the company earned $1.68 EPS. The business’s quarterly revenue was up 10.3% compared to the same quarter last year. On average, 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 added to or reduced their stakes in JNJ. Harding Loevner LP bought a new position in Johnson & Johnson in the 2nd quarter worth about $106,000. Mitsubishi UFJ Securities Holdings Co. Ltd. grew its position in Johnson & Johnson by 29.9% in the 2nd quarter. Mitsubishi UFJ Securities Holdings Co. Ltd. now owns 870 shares of the company’s stock worth $115,000 after purchasing an additional 200 shares during the last quarter. Lenox Wealth Advisors Inc. grew its position in Johnson & Johnson by 0.6% in the 2nd quarter. Lenox Wealth Advisors Inc. now owns 876 shares of the company’s stock worth $116,000 after purchasing an additional 5 shares during the last quarter. Mountain Capital Investment Advisors Inc bought a new position in Johnson & Johnson in the 2nd quarter worth about $124,000. Finally, Harel Insurance Investments & Financial Services Ltd. grew its position in Johnson & Johnson by 241.0% in the 1st quarter. Harel Insurance Investments & Financial Services Ltd. now owns 1,190 shares of the company’s stock worth $149,000 after purchasing an additional 841 shares during the last quarter. Hedge funds and other institutional investors own 65.89% of the company’s stock.

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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