Johnson & Johnson (NYSE:JNJ)‘s stock had its “buy” rating reaffirmed by investment analysts at UBS AG in a report issued on Saturday. They presently have a $148.00 price target on the stock. UBS AG’s price objective points to a potential upside of 13.84% from the company’s previous close.

Other equities analysts have also recently issued research reports about the company. Morgan Stanley lifted their target price on Johnson & Johnson from $135.00 to $140.00 and gave the stock an “overweight” rating in a report on Wednesday, July 5th. Cowen and Company set a $147.00 target price on Johnson & Johnson and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research report on Thursday, August 24th. BidaskClub lowered Johnson & Johnson from a “strong-buy” rating to a “buy” rating in a report on Saturday, July 1st. Zacks Investment Research lowered Johnson & Johnson from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a report on Wednesday, September 27th. Finally, Jefferies Group LLC restated a “hold” rating and set a $140.00 price target on shares of Johnson & Johnson in a report on Friday, June 16th. Six analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, eight have given a hold rating and eight have issued a buy rating to the company’s stock. The company presently has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $135.52.

Shares of Johnson & Johnson (NYSE:JNJ) opened at 130.01 on Friday. The company has a market cap of $348.95 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 22.00 and a beta of 0.79. Johnson & Johnson has a 1-year low of $109.32 and a 1-year high of $137.08. The stock has a 50 day moving average price of $132.79 and a 200-day moving average price of $129.43.

Johnson & Johnson (NYSE:JNJ) last issued 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 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 in the previous year, the firm posted $1.74 earnings per share. 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.

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In related news, VP Dominic J. Caruso sold 82,591 shares of Johnson & Johnson stock in a transaction dated 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 directly owns 226,693 shares in the company, valued at $30,993,466.96. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is accessible through this hyperlink. Also, VP Paulus Stoffels sold 102,692 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction dated 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 completion of 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. Company insiders own 0.19% of the company’s stock.

A number of institutional investors have recently modified their holdings of JNJ. Harding Loevner LP purchased a new stake in shares of Johnson & Johnson in the 2nd quarter worth approximately $106,000. Mitsubishi UFJ Securities Holdings Co. Ltd. boosted its stake in shares of Johnson & Johnson by 29.9% during the second quarter. Mitsubishi UFJ Securities Holdings Co. Ltd. now owns 870 shares of the company’s stock valued at $115,000 after purchasing an additional 200 shares in the last quarter. Lenox Wealth Advisors Inc. boosted its stake in shares of Johnson & Johnson by 0.7% during the first quarter. Lenox Wealth Advisors Inc. now owns 871 shares of the company’s stock valued at $108,000 after purchasing an additional 6 shares in the last quarter. Mountain Capital Investment Advisors Inc bought a new position in shares of Johnson & Johnson during the second quarter valued at approximately $124,000. Finally, Harel Insurance Investments & Financial Services Ltd. boosted its stake in shares of Johnson & Johnson by 241.0% during the first quarter. Harel Insurance Investments & Financial Services Ltd. now owns 1,190 shares of the company’s stock valued at $149,000 after purchasing an additional 841 shares in the last quarter. Institutional investors own 65.90% of the company’s stock.

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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