Johnson & Johnson (NYSE:JNJ) – Investment analysts at Jefferies Group lowered their FY2018 EPS estimates for shares of Johnson & Johnson in a research note issued on Wednesday. Jefferies Group analyst J. Holford now expects that the company will post earnings of $8.17 per share for the year, down from their prior forecast of $8.18. Jefferies Group currently has a “Buy” rating and a $160.00 target price on the stock. Jefferies Group also issued estimates for Johnson & Johnson’s FY2019 earnings at $8.95 EPS, FY2020 earnings at $9.66 EPS and FY2021 earnings at $10.55 EPS.

JNJ has been the topic of a number of other research reports. Morgan Stanley upped their price target on Johnson & Johnson from $135.00 to $140.00 and gave the company an “overweight” rating in a research report on Wednesday, July 5th. Cowen and Company reiterated an “outperform” rating and issued a $155.00 price target (up previously from $147.00) on shares of Johnson & Johnson in a research report on Wednesday. UBS AG reiterated a “buy” rating and issued a $148.00 price target on shares of Johnson & Johnson in a research report on Thursday, August 31st. BidaskClub lowered Johnson & Johnson from a “strong-buy” rating to a “buy” rating in a research report on Saturday, July 1st. Finally, Zacks Investment Research upgraded Johnson & Johnson from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Wednesday, October 4th. Five research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, nine have assigned a hold rating and ten have issued a buy rating to the company’s stock. Johnson & Johnson currently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $141.66.

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Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) traded up 0.25% during trading on Friday, reaching $142.40. The company’s stock had a trading volume of 5,634,488 shares. The firm has a 50 day moving average price of $133.48 and a 200-day moving average price of $130.63. Johnson & Johnson has a 52-week low of $109.32 and a 52-week high of $143.62. The stock has a market cap of $382.20 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 24.77 and a beta of 0.78.

Johnson & Johnson (NYSE:JNJ) last released its earnings results 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 company had revenue of $19.65 billion during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $19.29 billion. During the same period in the previous year, the company posted $1.68 EPS. The company’s quarterly revenue was up 10.3% compared to the same quarter last year.

The company also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Tuesday, December 12th. Investors of record on Tuesday, November 28th will be paid a dividend of $0.84 per share. This represents a $3.36 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 2.36%. The ex-dividend date is Monday, November 27th. Johnson & Johnson’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is currently 58.33%.

In related news, VP Paulus Stoffels sold 102,692 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, July 24th. The stock was sold at an average price of $133.14, for a total transaction of $13,672,412.88. Following the transaction, the vice president now directly owns 230,342 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $30,667,733.88. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which can be accessed through this link. 0.19% of the stock is currently owned by corporate insiders.

A number of hedge funds have recently bought and sold shares of JNJ. Harding Loevner LP acquired a new position in Johnson & Johnson during the 2nd quarter worth approximately $106,000. Mitsubishi UFJ Securities Holdings Co. Ltd. raised its stake in Johnson & Johnson by 29.9% during the 2nd quarter. Mitsubishi UFJ Securities Holdings Co. Ltd. now owns 870 shares of the company’s stock worth $115,000 after buying an additional 200 shares during the period. Lenox Wealth Advisors Inc. raised its stake in Johnson & Johnson by 0.6% during the 2nd quarter. Lenox Wealth Advisors Inc. now owns 876 shares of the company’s stock worth $116,000 after buying an additional 5 shares during the period. IHT Wealth Management LLC raised its stake in Johnson & Johnson by 46.4% during the 2nd quarter. IHT Wealth Management LLC now owns 10,942 shares of the company’s stock worth $122,000 after buying an additional 3,467 shares during the period. Finally, Mountain Capital Investment Advisors Inc acquired a new position in Johnson & Johnson during the 2nd quarter worth approximately $124,000. 65.90% of the stock is currently owned by institutional investors and hedge funds.

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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