Brokers Offer Predictions for Johnson & Johnson’s FY2017 Earnings (JNJ)

Johnson & Johnson (NYSE:JNJ) – Research analysts at Jefferies Group boosted their FY2017 earnings per share estimates for Johnson & Johnson in a research note issued to investors on Wednesday. Jefferies Group analyst J. Holford now expects that the company will post earnings per share of $7.22 for the year, up from their previous estimate of $7.11. Jefferies Group has a “Buy” rating and a $157.00 price objective on the stock.

Johnson & Johnson (NYSE:JNJ) last released its quarterly earnings data on Tuesday, July 18th. The company reported $1.83 earnings per share 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 firm had revenue of $18.84 billion for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $18.94 billion. During the same quarter in the prior year, the company posted $1.74 earnings per share. The business’s revenue was up 1.9% on a year-over-year basis.

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A number of other equities analysts have also recently issued reports on the stock. UBS AG reiterated a “buy” rating and issued a $148.00 price target (up previously from $136.00) on shares of Johnson & Johnson in a research note on Wednesday, July 19th. Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. (The) cut shares of Johnson & Johnson from a “neutral” rating to a “sell” rating and upped their price target for the stock from $125.00 to $130.00 in a research note on Wednesday, September 20th. BMO Capital Markets reiterated a “buy” rating and issued a $145.00 price target on shares of Johnson & Johnson in a research note on Friday, September 1st. Alembic Global Advisors cut shares of Johnson & Johnson from a “neutral” rating to an “underweight” rating in a research note on Friday, July 21st. Finally, BidaskClub upgraded shares of Johnson & Johnson from a “buy” rating to a “strong-buy” rating in a research note on Saturday, June 17th. Five research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, eight have assigned a hold rating and ten have assigned a buy rating to the company. The company has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $136.02.

Johnson & Johnson (NYSE:JNJ) opened at 136.65 on Thursday. The firm has a market cap of $366.77 billion, a P/E ratio of 23.12 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’s 50-day moving average is $132.32 and its 200 day moving average is $130.07.

A number of institutional investors have recently added to or reduced their stakes in the stock. Harding Loevner LP bought a new position in Johnson & Johnson in the 2nd quarter worth approximately $106,000. Mitsubishi UFJ Securities Holdings Co. Ltd. boosted its stake in Johnson & Johnson by 29.9% in the 2nd 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. Lenox Wealth Advisors Inc. boosted its stake in Johnson & Johnson by 0.6% in the 2nd quarter. Lenox Wealth Advisors Inc. now owns 876 shares of the company’s stock worth $116,000 after purchasing an additional 5 shares during the period. IHT Wealth Management LLC boosted its stake in Johnson & Johnson by 46.4% in the 2nd 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. Finally, Mountain Capital Investment Advisors Inc bought a new position in Johnson & Johnson in the 2nd quarter worth approximately $124,000. 65.90% of the stock is owned by institutional investors.

In related news, VP Paulus Stoffels sold 102,692 shares of the stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, July 24th. The shares were sold at an average price of $133.14, for a total value of $13,672,412.88. Following the completion of the sale, 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 legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available at this hyperlink. Also, VP Dominic J. Caruso sold 82,591 shares of the stock in a transaction that occurred on Thursday, July 20th. The stock was sold at an average price of $136.72, for a total transaction of $11,291,841.52. Following the completion of the sale, the vice president now directly owns 226,693 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $30,993,466.96. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Corporate insiders own 0.19% of the company’s stock.

The company also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Tuesday, September 12th. Investors of record on Tuesday, August 29th were issued a $0.84 dividend. This represents a $3.36 annualized dividend and a yield of 2.46%. The ex-dividend date was Friday, August 25th. Johnson & Johnson’s dividend payout ratio is 56.76%.

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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