Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) Announces $0.84 Quarterly Dividend

Johnson & Johnson (NYSE:JNJ) announced a quarterly dividend on Monday, July 17th, RTT News reports. Stockholders of record on Tuesday, August 29th will be paid a dividend of 0.84 per share on Tuesday, September 12th. This represents a $3.36 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 2.52%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Friday, August 25th.

Johnson & Johnson has raised its dividend by an average of 6.7% per year over the last three years and has increased its dividend annually for the last 54 consecutive years. Johnson & Johnson has a dividend payout ratio of 46.8% meaning its dividend is sufficiently covered by earnings. Analysts expect Johnson & Johnson to earn $7.74 per share next year, which means the company should continue to be able to cover its $3.36 annual dividend with an expected future payout ratio of 43.4%.

Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) traded up 0.01% on Friday, reaching $133.10. The company had a trading volume of 4,270,571 shares. The stock has a market capitalization of $357.24 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 22.52 and a beta of 0.78. Johnson & Johnson has a 12 month low of $109.32 and a 12 month high of $137.08. The firm has a 50 day moving average price of $133.09 and a 200-day moving average price of $126.30.

Johnson & Johnson (NYSE:JNJ) last issued its quarterly earnings results on Tuesday, July 18th. The company reported $1.83 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, topping the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $1.79 by $0.04. Johnson & Johnson had a net margin of 22.52% and a return on equity of 26.76%. The company had revenue of $18.84 billion during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $18.94 billion. During the same quarter last year, the business posted $1.74 EPS. Johnson & Johnson’s quarterly revenue was up 1.9% compared to the same quarter last year. Analysts forecast that Johnson & Johnson will post $7.18 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

JNJ has been the subject of several research analyst reports. Vetr upgraded shares of Johnson & Johnson from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $128.54 price target for the company in a research note on Monday, April 24th. Cowen and Company reiterated a “buy” rating and issued a $143.00 price objective (up from $138.00) on shares of Johnson & Johnson in a research note on Friday, May 19th. UBS AG reiterated a “buy” rating and issued a $136.00 price objective on shares of Johnson & Johnson in a research note on Monday, May 15th. BMO Capital Markets reiterated a “buy” rating and issued a $132.00 price objective on shares of Johnson & Johnson in a research note on Friday, June 2nd. Finally, Royal Bank Of Canada reiterated a “buy” rating and issued a $128.00 price objective on shares of Johnson & Johnson in a research note on Thursday, June 15th. Three investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, nine have assigned a hold rating and eleven have assigned a buy rating to the stock. The company has an average rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $133.72.

In related news, VP Dominic J. Caruso sold 82,591 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction dated Thursday, July 20th. The shares were sold at an average price of $136.72, for a total transaction of $11,291,841.52. Following the transaction, the vice president now owns 226,693 shares in the company, valued at $30,993,466.96. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available through this link. Also, VP Paulus Stoffels sold 102,692 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction dated Monday, July 24th. The shares were sold at an average price of $133.14, for a total transaction of $13,672,412.88. Following the transaction, the vice president now owns 230,342 shares in the company, valued at approximately $30,667,733.88. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. 0.19% of the stock is owned by insiders.

Large investors have recently bought and sold shares of the company. Vanguard Group Inc. raised its stake in Johnson & Johnson by 1.5% in the second quarter. Vanguard Group Inc. now owns 200,450,985 shares of the company’s stock valued at $26,517,661,000 after buying an additional 3,023,110 shares during the last quarter. BlackRock Inc. raised its stake in Johnson & Johnson by 2.6% in the second quarter. BlackRock Inc. now owns 174,073,764 shares of the company’s stock valued at $23,028,219,000 after buying an additional 4,332,612 shares during the last quarter. FMR LLC raised its stake in Johnson & Johnson by 5.9% in the second quarter. FMR LLC now owns 27,237,648 shares of the company’s stock valued at $3,603,268,000 after buying an additional 1,509,745 shares during the last quarter. Ameriprise Financial Inc. raised its stake in Johnson & Johnson by 4.5% in the second quarter. Ameriprise Financial Inc. now owns 17,860,047 shares of the company’s stock valued at $2,363,788,000 after buying an additional 771,039 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Swiss National Bank raised its stake in Johnson & Johnson by 2.7% in the second quarter. Swiss National Bank now owns 10,738,464 shares of the company’s stock valued at $1,420,591,000 after buying an additional 277,800 shares during the last quarter. 66.06% of the stock is currently owned by institutional investors and hedge funds.

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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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