Vetr Inc. Downgrades Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) to Sell

Johnson & Johnson (NYSE:JNJ) was downgraded by Vetr from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research note issued to investors on Friday. They currently have a $129.62 target price on the stock. Vetr‘s price target suggests a potential downside of 5.27% from the stock’s previous close.

Several other analysts have also commented on the stock. 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 report on Wednesday, July 19th. Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. (The) lowered shares of Johnson & Johnson from a “neutral” rating to a “sell” rating and lifted their price objective for the stock from $125.00 to $130.00 in a research report on Wednesday, September 20th. BMO Capital Markets reaffirmed a “buy” rating and issued a $145.00 price objective on shares of Johnson & Johnson in a research report on Friday, September 1st. Alembic Global Advisors lowered shares of Johnson & Johnson from a “neutral” rating to an “underweight” rating in a research report on Friday, July 21st. Finally, BidaskClub raised shares of Johnson & Johnson from a “buy” rating to a “strong-buy” rating in a research report on Saturday, June 17th. Five analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, eight have issued a hold rating and ten have given a buy rating to the company’s stock. The company presently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $135.98.

Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) opened at 136.83 on Friday. The company has a 50-day moving average of $132.44 and a 200-day moving average of $130.12. Johnson & Johnson has a 52 week low of $109.32 and a 52 week high of $137.52. The firm has a market cap of $367.25 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 23.15 and a beta of 0.78.

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

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In related news, VP Dominic J. Caruso sold 82,591 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction that occurred on 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 completion of the transaction, the vice president now owns 226,693 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $30,993,466.96. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which is available through this hyperlink. Also, VP Paulus Stoffels sold 102,692 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction that occurred on 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 directly owns 230,342 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $30,667,733.88. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. 0.19% of the stock is currently owned by insiders.

Hedge funds have recently added to or reduced their stakes in the business. Harding Loevner LP purchased a new position in Johnson & Johnson in the 2nd quarter worth approximately $106,000. Mitsubishi UFJ Securities Holdings Co. Ltd. grew 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 buying an additional 200 shares in the last quarter. Lenox Wealth Advisors Inc. grew 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 buying an additional 5 shares in the last quarter. Mountain Capital Investment Advisors Inc purchased a new position in Johnson & Johnson in the 2nd quarter worth approximately $124,000. Finally, Harel Insurance Investments & Financial Services Ltd. grew its stake in Johnson & Johnson by 241.0% in the 1st quarter. Harel Insurance Investments & Financial Services Ltd. now owns 1,190 shares of the company’s stock worth $149,000 after buying an additional 841 shares in the last quarter. 65.90% of the stock is owned by institutional investors and hedge funds.

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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