Brokerages Anticipate Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) to Post $2.01 EPS

Equities analysts expect Johnson & Johnson (NYSE:JNJ) to announce $2.01 earnings per share for the current fiscal quarter, according to Zacks Investment Research. Six analysts have provided estimates for Johnson & Johnson’s earnings, with estimates ranging from $1.88 to $2.08. Johnson & Johnson reported earnings of $1.83 per share in the same quarter last year, which would indicate a positive year over year growth rate of 9.8%. The firm is expected to announce its next quarterly earnings results before the market opens on Tuesday, April 17th.

On average, analysts expect that Johnson & Johnson will report full year earnings of $8.11 per share for the current fiscal year, with EPS estimates ranging from $8.08 to $8.20. For the next year, analysts forecast that the company will post earnings of $8.63 per share, with EPS estimates ranging from $8.40 to $8.97. Zacks’ earnings per share averages are a mean average based on a survey of analysts that follow Johnson & Johnson.

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Johnson & Johnson (NYSE:JNJ) last announced its earnings results on Tuesday, April 17th. The company reported $2.06 EPS for the quarter, beating the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $2.01 by $0.05. Johnson & Johnson had a net margin of 1.70% and a return on equity of 29.00%. The firm had revenue of $20.01 billion for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $19.50 billion. During the same quarter in the previous year, the business posted $1.83 EPS. The company’s quarterly revenue was up 12.6% on a year-over-year basis.

A number of analysts have recently commented on JNJ shares. BTIG Research restated a “sell” rating and set a $110.00 target price on shares of Johnson & Johnson in a report on Wednesday, January 24th. Vetr cut shares of Johnson & Johnson from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating and set a $147.40 target price on the stock. in a report on Monday, January 8th. Credit Suisse Group set a $154.00 target price on shares of Johnson & Johnson and gave the company a “hold” rating in a report on Monday, January 22nd. Wells Fargo restated an “outperform” rating and set a $160.00 target price (up previously from $155.00) on shares of Johnson & Johnson in a report on Friday, January 12th. Finally, TheStreet cut shares of Johnson & Johnson from an “a” rating to a “c+” rating in a report on Monday, March 26th. Five investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, nine have given a hold rating and eight have given a buy rating to the company. Johnson & Johnson has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $144.23.

In related news, VP Paulus Stoffels sold 155,342 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction dated Thursday, February 15th. The shares were sold at an average price of $129.86, for a total value of $20,172,712.12. Following the transaction, the vice president now owns 357,906 shares in the company, valued at approximately $46,477,673.16. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which is accessible through the SEC website. Insiders own 0.22% of the company’s stock.

A number of institutional investors and hedge funds have recently bought and sold shares of the business. Goodman Financial Corp purchased a new stake in shares of Johnson & Johnson during the 4th quarter valued at about $104,000. Stelac Advisory Services LLC purchased a new stake in shares of Johnson & Johnson during the 4th quarter valued at about $108,000. Harding Loevner LP purchased a new stake in shares of Johnson & Johnson during the 2nd quarter valued at about $106,000. Mountain Capital Investment Advisors Inc purchased a new stake in shares of Johnson & Johnson during the 2nd quarter valued at about $124,000. Finally, Financial Gravity Companies Inc. purchased a new stake in shares of Johnson & Johnson during the 4th quarter valued at about $143,000. Institutional investors and hedge funds own 67.23% of the company’s stock.

Shares of JNJ stock traded down $2.14 during mid-day trading on Thursday, reaching $129.62. 7,608,596 shares of the company’s stock traded hands, compared to its average volume of 7,896,124. Johnson & Johnson has a 12 month low of $120.95 and a 12 month high of $148.32. The stock has a market cap of $350,440.66, a PE ratio of 17.77, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 2.08 and a beta of 0.74. The company has a current ratio of 1.41, a quick ratio of 1.12 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.51.

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About Johnson & Johnson

Johnson & Johnson, together with its subsidiaries, researches and develops, manufactures, and sells various products in the health care field worldwide. Its Consumer segment offers baby care products under the JOHNSON'S brand; oral care products under the LISTERINE brand; beauty products under the AVEENO, CLEAN & CLEAR, DABAO, JOHNSON'S Adult, LE PETITE MARSEILLAIS, NEUTROGENA, RoC, and OGX brands; over-the-counter medicines, including acetaminophen products under the TYLENOL brand; cold, flu, and allergy products under the SUDAFED brand; allergy products under the BENADRYL and ZYRTEC brands; ibuprofen products under the MOTRIN IB brand; and acid reflux products under the PEPCID brand.

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