Howe & Rusling Inc. raised its holdings in Johnson & Johnson (NYSE:JNJ) by 2.6% during the second quarter, according to the company in its most recent filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission. The institutional investor owned 85,201 shares of the company’s stock after purchasing an additional 2,146 shares during the period. Johnson & Johnson comprises approximately 2.3% of Howe & Rusling Inc.’s holdings, making the stock its 8th largest holding. Howe & Rusling Inc.’s holdings in Johnson & Johnson were worth $11,271,000 as of its most recent SEC filing.

Several other institutional investors and hedge funds have also made changes to their positions in JNJ. Capital Asset Advisory Services LLC bought a new stake in shares of Johnson & Johnson in the 1st quarter valued at approximately $219,000. First National Bank of Omaha increased its holdings in shares of Johnson & Johnson by 8.0% in the 1st quarter. First National Bank of Omaha now owns 52,648 shares of the company’s stock valued at $6,558,000 after acquiring an additional 3,919 shares during the last quarter. Stillwater Capital Advisors LLC increased its holdings in shares of Johnson & Johnson by 46.2% in the 1st quarter. Stillwater Capital Advisors LLC now owns 87,867 shares of the company’s stock valued at $10,944,000 after acquiring an additional 27,785 shares during the last quarter. TNB Financial bought a new stake in shares of Johnson & Johnson in the 1st quarter valued at approximately $3,438,000. Finally, Horan Capital Management increased its holdings in shares of Johnson & Johnson by 5.8% in the 1st quarter. Horan Capital Management now owns 66,552 shares of the company’s stock valued at $8,289,000 after acquiring an additional 3,633 shares during the last quarter. 65.90% of the stock is currently owned by institutional investors.

Shares of Johnson & Johnson (NYSE JNJ) traded up 0.14% on Thursday, reaching $136.84. The company’s stock had a trading volume of 2,796,170 shares. Johnson & Johnson has a 52 week low of $109.32 and a 52 week high of $137.52. The stock has a market capitalization of $367.28 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 23.15 and a beta of 0.78. The stock has a 50-day moving average of $132.32 and a 200 day moving average of $130.07.

Johnson & Johnson (NYSE:JNJ) last released its quarterly earnings results on Tuesday, July 18th. The company reported $1.83 earnings per share for the quarter, beating the Zacks’ 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 firm had revenue of $18.84 billion during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $18.94 billion. During the same period last year, the firm posted $1.74 EPS. The business’s revenue was up 1.9% on a year-over-year basis. On average, analysts expect that Johnson & Johnson will post $7.18 EPS for the current year.

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

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A number of brokerages have recently weighed in on JNJ. Jefferies Group LLC upgraded Johnson & Johnson from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and boosted their price target for the company from $145.00 to $157.00 in a report on Wednesday. Wells Fargo & Company upgraded Johnson & Johnson from a “market perform” rating to an “outperform” rating and boosted their price target for the company from $140.00 to $149.00 in a report on Monday. Cowen and Company set a $147.00 price target on Johnson & Johnson and gave the company a “buy” rating in a report on Friday, October 6th. Zacks Investment Research upgraded Johnson & Johnson from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Wednesday, October 4th. Finally, Piper Jaffray Companies reiterated a “hold” rating and issued a $120.00 price target on shares of Johnson & Johnson in a report on Wednesday, October 4th. Five research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, eight have assigned a hold rating and ten have issued a buy rating to the stock. The company currently has an average rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $136.02.

In related 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 legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available at the SEC website. Also, VP Paulus Stoffels sold 102,692 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction 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 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.

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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Institutional Ownership by Quarter for Johnson & Johnson (NYSE:JNJ)

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