Johnson & Johnson (NYSE:JNJ) Upgraded at Vetr

Vetr upgraded shares of Johnson & Johnson (NYSE:JNJ) from a hold rating to a buy rating in a research report released on Wednesday, December 20th. They currently have $147.14 target price on the stock.

JNJ has been the subject of several other reports. Piper Jaffray Companies reiterated a hold rating and issued a $120.00 price objective on shares of Johnson & Johnson in a report on Wednesday, October 4th. Stifel Nicolaus increased their price objective on shares of Johnson & Johnson from $140.00 to $142.00 and gave the company a hold rating in a report on Wednesday, October 18th. UBS Group restated a buy rating and set a $148.00 target price on shares of Johnson & Johnson in a report on Thursday, August 31st. Wells Fargo & Co upgraded shares of Johnson & Johnson from a market perform rating to an outperform rating and raised their target price for the stock from $140.00 to $149.00 in a report on Monday, October 9th. Finally, BMO Capital Markets upped their price target on shares of Johnson & Johnson to $161.00 and gave the company an outperform rating in a research report on Tuesday, December 12th. Four research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, seven have assigned a hold rating and eleven have assigned a buy rating to the company. Johnson & Johnson has a consensus rating of Hold and an average price target of $145.94.

Johnson & Johnson (NYSE:JNJ) traded up $0.97 on Wednesday, reaching $145.76. 5,450,000 shares of the company traded hands, compared to its average volume of 5,920,000. The firm has a market capitalization of $391,590.00, a price-to-earnings ratio of 25.31, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 2.73 and a beta of 0.80. Johnson & Johnson has a 52-week low of $110.76 and a 52-week high of $146.42. The company has a current ratio of 1.32, a quick ratio of 1.02 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.36.

Johnson & Johnson (NYSE:JNJ) last posted its earnings results on Tuesday, October 17th. The company reported $1.90 EPS for the quarter, topping the consensus estimate of $1.80 by $0.10. The firm had revenue of $19.65 billion during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $19.29 billion. Johnson & Johnson had a net margin of 21.28% and a return on equity of 27.38%. Johnson & Johnson’s quarterly revenue was up 10.3% on a year-over-year basis. During the same quarter in the prior year, the firm earned $1.68 EPS. equities analysts anticipate that Johnson & Johnson will post 7.28 EPS for the current year.

The company also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Tuesday, March 13th. Investors of record on Tuesday, February 27th will be paid a $0.84 dividend. The ex-dividend date is Monday, February 26th. This represents a $3.36 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 2.31%. Johnson & Johnson’s payout ratio is presently 58.33%.

Hedge funds and other institutional investors have recently bought and sold shares of the business. KCS Wealth Advisory bought a new position in Johnson & Johnson during the 4th quarter valued at about $455,000. Trellis Advisors LLC bought a new position in Johnson & Johnson during the 4th quarter valued at about $338,000. Hexavest Inc. lifted its holdings in Johnson & Johnson by 2.8% during the 4th quarter. Hexavest Inc. now owns 1,811,238 shares of the company’s stock valued at $253,066,000 after purchasing an additional 50,171 shares during the last quarter. Broadleaf Partners LLC bought a new position in Johnson & Johnson during the 4th quarter valued at about $894,000. Finally, Stillwater Capital Advisors LLC lifted its holdings in Johnson & Johnson by 17.4% during the 4th quarter. Stillwater Capital Advisors LLC now owns 102,918 shares of the company’s stock valued at $14,380,000 after purchasing an additional 15,277 shares during the last quarter. Institutional investors own 65.70% of the company’s stock.

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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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