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Johnson & Johnson Stock Fell Despite Announcing 75 Cent Dividend


On Monday, shares of Johnson & Johnson closed trading fell 2.18 percent to $100.48, during a broader market selloff, despite declaring a first quarter dividend today.

The New Brunswick, NJ-centered diversified product manufacturer broadcasted that its executive board stated a cash dividend of 75 cents for the first quarter this year.

The share will be payable March 8 to shareholders of record on February 23.

Independently, the company is looking to sell its Nomarco subsidiary, according to sources.  Nomarco is the companys manufacturer of active pharmaceutical ingredients in painkillers including oxycodone. The sale of the division could gather as much as $800 million, according to sources.

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Today, Johnson & Johnson traded on heavy volume with 12.3 million shares changing hands today against the stocks daily average of 7.5 million shares. In after hours trading the stock is up 2.23 percent to $102.72.

Currently, TheStreet Ratings objectively ranked this stock, according to its "risk-adjusted" total return prospect over a 12-month investment horizon.  It is not according on the news in any give day, the rating may change from other point of view.

This is what TheStreet Ratings have to say about the recommendation

“We rate JOHNSON & JOHNSON as a Buy with a ratings score of A-. This is based on the convergence of positive investment measures, which should help this stock outperform the majority of stocks that we rate. The companys strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, reasonable valuation levels, good cash flow from operations and expanding profit margins. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.”

Highlights from the analysis by TheStreet Ratings Team

*Johnson & Johnson debt-to-equity percentage is really low at 0.28 and is recently below that of the industry average, indicating that there has been very effective management of debt levels. In addition, Johnson & Johnson has a quick percentage of 1.93, that proves the ability of the company to cover short-term liquidity needs.

*When compared to the same quarter last year , net operating cash flow has upsurge to $6,125.00 million or  31.60 percent. The company also surpassed the industry average cash flow progress rate of -0.35 percent.

*In comparison to the same quarter one year ago, Johnson & Johnson’s earning per share decrease by 27.7% in the most recent quarter. This firm has recently reported somewhat volatile earnings.However, it is poised for EPS development in the coming year. Johnson & Johnson upsurge its bottom line by earning $5.70 versus $4.82 in the prior year, throughout the past fiscal year, The market anticipates progress in earnings this year, $6.18 versus $5.70.

* Johnson & Johnson gross profit margin is now very high, coming in at 74.89 percent. Aside from  Johnson & Johnson high profit margin, it has handled to decline from the same period last year. In spite of the mixed outcomes of the gross profit margin, the net profit margin of 19.63 percent marks the industry average.

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