Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) Stock Rating Upgraded by Vetr Inc.

Johnson & Johnson (NYSE:JNJ) was upgraded by stock analysts at Vetr from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report issued on Monday. The firm presently has a $137.71 target price on the stock. Vetr‘s target price would indicate a potential downside of 1.22% from the stock’s current price.

Several other equities analysts have also weighed in on JNJ. Morgan Stanley lifted their price objective on Johnson & Johnson from $135.00 to $140.00 and gave the company an “overweight” rating in a research note on Wednesday, July 5th. Wells Fargo & Company reaffirmed a “market perform” rating and issued a $135.00 price objective (up from $132.00) on shares of Johnson & Johnson in a research note on Thursday, July 6th. BidaskClub lowered Johnson & Johnson from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Wednesday, July 12th. Royal Bank Of Canada reissued a “buy” rating and set a $138.00 price target on shares of Johnson & Johnson in a research report on Wednesday, July 12th. Finally, Jefferies Group LLC reissued a “hold” rating and set a $145.00 price target (up from $140.00) on shares of Johnson & Johnson in a research report on Friday, July 14th. Four equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, eight have given a hold rating and eleven have given a buy rating to the company’s stock. Johnson & Johnson has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $143.70.

Shares of Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) opened at 139.41 on Monday. Johnson & Johnson has a 52 week low of $109.32 and a 52 week high of $144.35. The firm’s 50-day moving average is $135.68 and its 200-day moving average is $131.64. The stock has a market capitalization of $374.18 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 24.25 and a beta of 0.78.

Johnson & Johnson (NYSE:JNJ) last released its quarterly earnings data on Tuesday, October 17th. The company reported $1.90 earnings per share for the quarter, beating the consensus estimate of $1.80 by $0.10. The business had revenue of $19.65 billion for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $19.29 billion. Johnson & Johnson had a return on equity of 27.68% and a net margin of 21.28%. The company’s revenue was up 10.3% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same period in the previous year, the company posted $1.68 EPS. On average, equities research analysts anticipate that Johnson & Johnson will post $7.28 EPS for the current fiscal year.

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Several hedge funds and other institutional investors have recently modified their holdings of the company. Country Trust Bank increased its holdings in shares of Johnson & Johnson by 6.2% in the 3rd quarter. Country Trust Bank now owns 354,060 shares of the company’s stock valued at $46,031,000 after acquiring an additional 20,637 shares during the last quarter. Hendershot Investments Inc. increased its holdings in shares of Johnson & Johnson by 1.2% in the 3rd quarter. Hendershot Investments Inc. now owns 38,300 shares of the company’s stock valued at $4,979,000 after acquiring an additional 456 shares during the last quarter. Lincoln National Corp increased its holdings in shares of Johnson & Johnson by 2.6% in the 3rd quarter. Lincoln National Corp now owns 29,757 shares of the company’s stock valued at $3,868,000 after acquiring an additional 758 shares during the last quarter. Verity & Verity LLC increased its holdings in shares of Johnson & Johnson by 1.9% in the 3rd quarter. Verity & Verity LLC now owns 73,090 shares of the company’s stock valued at $9,503,000 after acquiring an additional 1,378 shares during the last quarter. Finally, First Merchants Corp increased its holdings in shares of Johnson & Johnson by 21.0% in the 3rd quarter. First Merchants Corp now owns 55,115 shares of the company’s stock valued at $7,165,000 after acquiring an additional 9,572 shares during the last quarter. Institutional investors and hedge funds own 66.06% of the company’s stock.

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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