Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) Given Average Recommendation of “Hold” by Analysts

Johnson & Johnson (NYSE:JNJ) has received an average rating of “Hold” from the twenty-two ratings firms that are presently covering the firm, Marketbeat reports. Four equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, eight have given a hold rating, nine have assigned a buy rating and one has assigned a strong buy rating to the company. The average 12 month price objective among brokerages that have updated their coverage on the stock in the last year is $145.90.

JNJ has been the topic of several research reports. Citigroup raised their price objective on Johnson & Johnson from $140.00 to $149.00 and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research report on Monday, October 23rd. Vetr raised Johnson & Johnson from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating and set a $137.71 price objective on the stock in a research report on Tuesday, October 24th. Zacks Investment Research lowered Johnson & Johnson from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Tuesday, December 12th. BMO Capital Markets raised their price objective on Johnson & Johnson to $161.00 and gave the company an “outperform” rating in a research report on Tuesday, December 12th. Finally, JPMorgan Chase & Co. lowered Johnson & Johnson from an “overweight” rating to a “neutral” rating in a research report on Tuesday, January 2nd.

Johnson & Johnson (NYSE JNJ) traded up $1.92 during trading hours on Wednesday, reaching $133.15. The company’s stock had a trading volume of 7,970,000 shares, compared to its average volume of 9,500,000. The company has a quick ratio of 1.02, a current ratio of 1.32 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.36. Johnson & Johnson has a one year low of $118.05 and a one year high of $148.32. The stock has a market capitalization of $357,710.00, a price-to-earnings ratio of 341.41, a PEG ratio of 2.23 and a beta of 0.74.

Johnson & Johnson (NYSE:JNJ) last released its quarterly earnings data on Tuesday, January 23rd. The company reported $1.74 EPS for the quarter, beating the consensus estimate of $1.72 by $0.02. Johnson & Johnson had a return on equity of 27.80% and a net margin of 1.70%. The company had revenue of $20.20 billion for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $20.08 billion. During the same period last year, the company posted $1.58 earnings per share. The firm’s revenue was up 11.5% compared to the same quarter last year. research analysts predict that Johnson & Johnson will post 8.11 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The business also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Tuesday, March 13th. Shareholders 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 2.52%. Johnson & Johnson’s payout ratio is currently 861.54%.

A number of hedge funds have recently modified their holdings of the business. Goodman Financial Corp bought a new stake in shares of Johnson & Johnson during the fourth quarter valued at approximately $104,000. Harding Loevner LP bought a new stake in shares of Johnson & Johnson during the second quarter valued at approximately $106,000. Stelac Advisory Services LLC bought a new stake in shares of Johnson & Johnson during the fourth quarter valued at approximately $108,000. Mitsubishi UFJ Securities Holdings Co. Ltd. raised its holdings in shares of Johnson & Johnson by 29.9% during the second quarter. Mitsubishi UFJ Securities Holdings Co. Ltd. now owns 870 shares of the company’s stock valued at $115,000 after buying an additional 200 shares during the last quarter. Finally, IHT Wealth Management LLC raised its holdings in shares of Johnson & Johnson by 46.4% during the second quarter. IHT Wealth Management LLC now owns 10,942 shares of the company’s stock valued at $122,000 after buying an additional 3,467 shares during the last quarter. Institutional investors own 65.58% of the company’s stock.

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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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