Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) Rating Lowered to Sell at Vetr Inc.

Johnson & Johnson (NYSE:JNJ) was downgraded by stock analysts at Vetr from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research report issued on Monday. They currently have a $130.49 price objective on the stock. Vetr‘s price objective indicates a potential downside of 3.50% from the stock’s previous close.

A number of other equities analysts have also weighed in on the company. UBS AG reaffirmed a “buy” rating and issued a $148.00 price objective (up previously from $136.00) on shares of Johnson & Johnson in a research note on Wednesday, July 19th. Alembic Global Advisors lowered Johnson & Johnson from a “neutral” rating to an “underweight” rating in a research note on Friday, July 21st. BMO Capital Markets reaffirmed a “buy” rating and issued a $145.00 price objective on shares of Johnson & Johnson in a research note on Friday, September 1st. BidaskClub raised Johnson & Johnson from a “buy” rating to a “strong-buy” rating in a research note on Saturday, June 17th. Finally, BTIG Research reaffirmed a “hold” rating on shares of Johnson & Johnson in a research note on Sunday, May 21st. Four equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, nine have given a hold rating and eight have given a buy rating to the stock. The stock currently has an average rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $134.50.

Shares of Johnson & Johnson (NYSE:JNJ) opened at 135.22 on Monday. 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 $132.79 and a 200 day moving average price of $129.43. The stock has a market cap of $362.93 billion, a PE ratio of 22.88 and a beta of 0.79.

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 analysts’ consensus estimates of $1.79 by $0.04. The firm had revenue of $18.84 billion during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $18.94 billion. Johnson & Johnson had a return on equity of 26.76% and a net margin of 22.52%. The business’s quarterly revenue was up 1.9% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same quarter in the prior year, the company posted $1.74 earnings per share. On average, equities analysts expect that Johnson & Johnson will post $7.18 EPS for the current year.

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In other news, VP Paulus Stoffels sold 102,692 shares of the stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, July 24th. The stock was sold at an average price of $133.14, for a total value of $13,672,412.88. Following the sale, the vice president now directly owns 230,342 shares in the company, valued at $30,667,733.88. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which is available at this link. 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 value of $11,291,841.52. Following the completion of the sale, the vice president now owns 226,693 shares in the company, 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.

Several hedge funds and other institutional investors have recently modified their holdings of the company. State Street Corp grew its stake in Johnson & Johnson by 4.3% in the first quarter. State Street Corp now owns 160,223,321 shares of the company’s stock worth $19,955,806,000 after purchasing an additional 6,656,371 shares in the last quarter. BlackRock Inc. grew 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 worth $23,028,219,000 after purchasing an additional 4,332,612 shares in the last quarter. Janus Henderson Group PLC grew its stake in Johnson & Johnson by 717.9% in the second quarter. Janus Henderson Group PLC now owns 3,748,008 shares of the company’s stock worth $495,837,000 after purchasing an additional 3,289,763 shares in the last quarter. Vanguard Group Inc. grew 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 worth $26,517,661,000 after purchasing an additional 3,023,110 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Parametric Portfolio Associates LLC grew its stake in Johnson & Johnson by 47.9% in the second quarter. Parametric Portfolio Associates LLC now owns 7,970,670 shares of the company’s stock worth $1,054,433,000 after purchasing an additional 2,581,562 shares in the last quarter. Hedge funds and other institutional investors own 65.90% 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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