Investors sold shares of Johnson & Johnson (NYSE:JNJ) on strength during trading hours on Wednesday. $98.84 million flowed into the stock on the tick-up and $286.20 million flowed out of the stock on the tick-down, for a money net flow of $187.36 million out of the stock. Of all companies tracked, Johnson & Johnson had the highest net out-flow for the day. Johnson & Johnson traded up $0.96 for the day and closed at $133.23

Several equities analysts have recently issued reports on the stock. UBS AG restated a “buy” rating and set a $136.00 price objective on shares of Johnson & Johnson in a report on Monday, May 15th. Vetr upgraded Johnson & Johnson from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $132.33 target price on the stock in a research report on Thursday, May 18th. Stifel Nicolaus reiterated a “hold” rating and issued a $128.00 target price (up previously from $124.00) on shares of Johnson & Johnson in a research report on Thursday, May 18th. BidaskClub upgraded Johnson & Johnson from a “buy” rating to a “strong-buy” rating in a research report on Saturday, June 17th. Finally, Wells Fargo & Company reiterated a “market perform” rating and issued a $135.00 target price (up previously from $132.00) on shares of Johnson & Johnson in a research report on Thursday, July 6th. Three research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, nine have issued a hold rating and eleven have assigned a buy rating to the stock. Johnson & Johnson presently has an average rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $133.72.

The company has a market cap of $358.90 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 22.54 and a beta of 0.78. The company has a 50 day moving average of $133.35 and a 200-day moving average of $125.64.

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

The company also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Tuesday, September 12th. Stockholders of record on Tuesday, August 29th will be given a dividend of $0.84 per share. This represents a $3.36 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 2.52%. The ex-dividend date is Friday, August 25th. Johnson & Johnson’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is presently 56.76%.

In other news, VP Dominic J. Caruso sold 82,591 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction 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 approximately $30,993,466.96. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which is accessible through this hyperlink. Also, VP Paulus Stoffels sold 102,692 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction 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 of the company’s stock, valued at $30,667,733.88. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. 0.19% of the stock is currently owned by company insiders.

Several large investors have recently added to or reduced their stakes in the company. State Street Corp raised 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 valued at $19,955,806,000 after buying an additional 6,656,371 shares in the last quarter. Norges Bank bought a new stake in Johnson & Johnson during the fourth quarter valued at $3,220,322,000. Schwab Charles Investment Management Inc. raised its stake in Johnson & Johnson by 4.2% in the second quarter. Schwab Charles Investment Management Inc. now owns 11,623,639 shares of the company’s stock valued at $1,537,692,000 after buying an additional 473,300 shares in the last quarter. Fisher Asset Management LLC raised its stake in Johnson & Johnson by 3.7% in the second quarter. Fisher Asset Management LLC now owns 11,499,415 shares of the company’s stock valued at $1,521,258,000 after buying an additional 405,517 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Swiss National Bank raised its stake in Johnson & Johnson by 2.7% in the second quarter. Swiss National Bank now owns 10,738,464 shares of the company’s stock valued at $1,420,591,000 after buying an additional 277,800 shares in the last quarter. 66.06% of the stock is owned by institutional investors and hedge funds.

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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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