Johnson & Johnson (NYSE:JNJ) has received an average rating of “Hold” from the twenty-two research firms that are covering the firm, Marketbeat reports. Four research analysts have rated the stock with a sell recommendation, nine have given a hold recommendation, eight have given a buy recommendation and one has issued a strong buy recommendation on the company. The average twelve-month target price among analysts that have covered the stock in the last year is $146.02.

Several equities research analysts recently issued reports on the stock. Wells Fargo & Co reiterated an “outperform” rating and issued a $160.00 target price (up from $155.00) on shares of Johnson & Johnson in a research note on Friday, January 12th. Vetr upgraded shares of Johnson & Johnson from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $150.89 target price for the company in a research note on Thursday, January 11th. Credit Suisse Group set a $154.00 target price on shares of Johnson & Johnson and gave the company a “hold” rating in a research note on Monday, January 22nd. Royal Bank of Canada reiterated a “buy” rating on shares of Johnson & Johnson in a research note on Tuesday, January 9th. Finally, Stifel Nicolaus raised their target price on shares of Johnson & Johnson from $142.00 to $145.00 and gave the company a “hold” rating in a research note on Wednesday, January 24th.

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In other Johnson & Johnson news, VP Paulus Stoffels sold 155,342 shares of the 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 directly owns 357,906 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $46,477,673.16. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which can be accessed through this hyperlink. 0.19% of the stock is owned by corporate insiders.

A number of institutional investors have recently added to or reduced their stakes in JNJ. Goodman Financial Corp bought a new position in shares of Johnson & Johnson during the fourth quarter worth approximately $104,000. Harding Loevner LP bought a new position in shares of Johnson & Johnson during the second quarter worth approximately $106,000. Stelac Advisory Services LLC bought a new position in shares of Johnson & Johnson during the fourth quarter worth approximately $108,000. Mitsubishi UFJ Securities Holdings Co. Ltd. increased 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 worth $115,000 after purchasing an additional 200 shares during the period. Finally, IHT Wealth Management LLC increased 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 worth $122,000 after purchasing an additional 3,467 shares during the period. 66.38% of the stock is currently owned by hedge funds and other institutional investors.

Johnson & Johnson (NYSE:JNJ) opened at $133.80 on Friday. Johnson & Johnson has a one year low of $120.95 and a one year high of $148.32. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.51, a quick ratio of 1.12 and a current ratio of 1.41. The company has a market cap of $358,972.31, a PE ratio of 343.08, a PEG ratio of 2.19 and a beta of 0.77.

Johnson & Johnson (NYSE:JNJ) last posted its quarterly earnings data on Tuesday, January 23rd. The company reported $1.74 EPS for the quarter, topping the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $1.72 by $0.02. Johnson & Johnson had a net margin of 1.70% and a return on equity of 29.00%. The company had revenue of $20.20 billion during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $20.08 billion. During the same period in the prior year, the business posted $1.58 EPS. The company’s quarterly revenue was up 11.5% on a year-over-year basis. research analysts anticipate that Johnson & Johnson will post 8.11 earnings per share for the current year.

The business also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Tuesday, March 13th. Shareholders of record on Tuesday, February 27th will be issued a $0.84 dividend. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Monday, February 26th. This represents a $3.36 annualized dividend and a yield of 2.51%. Johnson & Johnson’s dividend payout ratio is currently 861.54%.

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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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