Johnson & Johnson: Is Now the Best Time to Consider JNJ Stock?


Johnson & Johnson Is Still a Top Dividend Stock


Over the years, blue-chip stocks have delivered a tremendous amount of value to income investors. But because many large-cap companies have also become household names, their share prices have gotten expensive. Therefore, when something as solid as Johnson & Johnson (NYSE:JNJ) stock is having a pullback, it deserves the attention of income investors.

Johnson & Johnson is a healthcare giant. Starting out making ready-to-use surgical dressings in the 1880s, Johnson & Johnson has become a multinational medical, pharmaceutical, and consumer goods manufacturer. It’s one of the largest companies in the world, commanding more than $340.0 billion of market cap.




Mega-cap companies with established market positions are not known for making big moves in their share prices. But in the recent correction of the U.S. stock market, even large-cap stocks took a huge hit. In particular, shares of Johnson & Johnson have plunged by more than 13% since their January high, an unusually large drop for the healthcare behemoth.

Still, for investors who are looking to add a blue-chip company to their income portfolios, JNJ stock’s latest pullback could represent an opportunity.

Let me explain…



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Week's Most Significant Insider Trades: April 16 - 20, 2018



Disposals:


Amgen (NASDAQ:AMGN) EVP Sean E. Harper sold 1,525 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction dated Thursday, April 12th. The stock was sold at an average price of $172.68, for a total transaction of $263,337.00. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is accessible through this hyperlink.

Sean E. Harper also recently made the following trade(s):

  • On Friday, March 16th, Sean E. Harper sold 1,525 shares of Amgen stock. The stock was sold at an average price of $189.75, for a total transaction of $289,368.75.
  • On Wednesday, February 14th, Sean E. Harper sold 1,525 shares of Amgen stock. The stock was sold at an average price of $174.18, for a total transaction of $265,624.50.
  • On Tuesday, January 16th, Sean E. Harper sold 1,525 shares of Amgen stock. The stock was sold at an average price of $185.62, for a total transaction of $283,070.50.


AMGN traded down $0.10 on Monday, reaching $171.38. 2,656,361 shares of the company traded hands, compared to its average volume of 4,937,485. Amgen has a one year low of $152.16 and a one year high of $201.23. The firm has a market capitalization of $114,595.02, a price-to-earnings ratio of 13.62, a PEG ratio of 2.10 and a beta of 1.36. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.35, a current ratio of 5.49 and a quick ratio of 5.17. Read more …

Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) insider Luca Maestri sold 39,122 shares of the stock in a transaction on Friday, April 13th. The stock was sold at an average price of $174.66, for a total value of $6,833,048.52. Following the sale, the insider now owns 64,475 shares in the company, valued at approximately $11,261,203.50. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is accessible through this hyperlink. NASDAQ:AAPL opened at $177.84 on Thursday. The company has a quick ratio of 1.20, a current ratio of 1.24 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.74. The stock has a market cap of $892,113.06, a P/E ratio of 19.31, a PEG ratio of 1.33 and a beta of 1.25. Apple has a 52-week low of $140.45 and a 52-week high of $183.50. Read more …

Eli Lilly and Co (NYSE:LLY) SVP Susan Mahony sold 22,544 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction on Monday, April 16th. The shares were sold at an average price of $80.09, for a total transaction of $1,805,548.96. Following the transaction, the senior vice president now owns 45,652 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $3,656,268.68. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which is available through this hyperlink.

Susan Mahony also recently made the following trade(s):
  • On Friday, April 13th, Susan Mahony sold 5,165 shares of Eli Lilly and stock. The shares were sold at an average price of $80.14, for a total transaction of $413,923.10.

Shares of LLY traded down $0.24 during trading hours on Tuesday, hitting $79.88. The stock had a trading volume of 2,579,657 shares, compared to its average volume of 4,694,244. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.85, a quick ratio of 1.01 and a current ratio of 1.32. Eli Lilly and Co has a 52 week low of $73.69 and a 52 week high of $89.09. The firm has a market cap of $87,341.06, a price-to-earnings ratio of 18.64, a PEG ratio of 1.49 and a beta of 0.26. Read more … 





Merck & Co. (NYSE:MRK) insider Weir Mirian M. Graddick sold 24,000 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, April 16th. The shares were sold at an average price of $58.00, for a total value of $1,392,000.00. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which can be accessed through this hyperlink. Shares of NYSE MRK traded up $0.62 during midday trading on Tuesday, hitting $59.27. 15,333,132 shares of the company’s stock were exchanged, compared to its average volume of 13,177,643. The company has a current ratio of 1.33, a quick ratio of 1.06 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.62. The company has a market cap of $154,141.17, a PE ratio of 14.89, a P/E/G ratio of 2.41 and a beta of 0.77. Merck & Co. has a twelve month low of $52.83 and a twelve month high of $66.41. Read more …

American Tower Co. (NYSE:AMT) EVP Amit Sharma sold 32,943 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction on Monday, April 16th. The shares were sold at an average price of $138.82, for a total transaction of $4,573,147.26. Following the sale, the executive vice president now directly owns 111,558 shares in the company, valued at approximately $15,486,481.56. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through this link. AMT stock opened at $139.81 on Thursday. The company has a current ratio of 1.25, a quick ratio of 1.25 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 2.85. American Tower Co. has a twelve month low of $122.73 and a twelve month high of $155.28. The firm has a market cap of $62,168.81, a price-to-earnings ratio of 21.91, a PEG ratio of 1.59 and a beta of 0.78. Read more …

Notable Analyst Upgrades and Downgrades for Week of April 16, 2018



Upgrades:


C. H. Robinson (NASDAQ:CHRW) was upgraded by stock analysts at UBS from a “neutral” rating to a “buy” rating in a report issued on Monday, The Fly reports. Several other analysts also recently commented on the company. Robert W. Baird reiterated a “hold” rating and set a $100.00 target price on shares of C. H. Robinson in a research note on Tuesday, April 10th. BidaskClub downgraded C. H. Robinson from a “strong-buy” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note on Saturday, April 7th. Morgan Stanley cut their target price on C. H. Robinson from $70.00 to $68.00 and set an “underweight” rating on the stock in a research note on Friday, April 6th. Zacks Investment Research downgraded C. H. Robinson from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Wednesday, April 4th. Finally, ValuEngine upgraded C. H. Robinson from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note on Monday, April 2nd. Two research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, ten have given a hold rating and ten have issued a buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock presently has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $82.71. Read more …

Costco Wholesale (NASDAQ:COST) was upgraded by stock analysts at Wells Fargo from a “market perform” rating to an “outperform” rating in a report released on Monday, MarketBeat reports. The firm currently has a $188.91 target price on the retailer’s stock, down from their previous target price of $191.42. Wells Fargo’s price target would indicate a potential downside of 3.62% from the company’s current price. A number of other analysts also recently issued reports on COST. Tigress Financial reaffirmed a “buy” rating on shares of Costco Wholesale in a report on Friday, January 5th. BidaskClub raised shares of Costco Wholesale from a “buy” rating to a “strong-buy” rating in a report on Wednesday, March 28th. Gordon Haskett raised shares of Costco Wholesale from an “accumulate” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $191.00 price objective for the company in a report on Friday, January 12th. Vetr upgraded shares of Costco Wholesale from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $200.28 target price on the stock in a research report on Thursday, January 4th. Finally, Royal Bank of Canada reiterated an “outperform” rating and issued a $205.00 target price (down previously from $209.00) on shares of Costco Wholesale in a research report on Thursday, March 8th. Eight investment analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating, twenty-one have given a buy rating and one has given a strong buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock presently has an average rating of “Buy” and a consensus target price of $192.14. Read more …

Tractor Supply (NASDAQ:TSCO) was upgraded by equities research analysts at Goldman Sachs from a “neutral” rating to a “buy” rating in a report released on Monday, The Fly reports. Several other research firms have also weighed in on TSCO. Oppenheimer reiterated a “hold” rating on shares of Tractor Supply in a report on Thursday, February 1st. Zacks Investment Research lowered shares of Tractor Supply from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Friday, January 5th. Telsey Advisory Group lowered shares of Tractor Supply from an “outperform” rating to a “market perform” rating and upped their price objective for the stock from $62.00 to $83.00 in a report on Thursday, January 25th. They noted that the move was a valuation call. BidaskClub lowered shares of Tractor Supply from a “strong-buy” rating to a “buy” rating in a report on Thursday, January 25th. Finally, Wolfe Research upgraded shares of Tractor Supply from a “market perform” rating to an “outperform” rating in a report on Wednesday, December 20th. Three investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, fifteen have issued a hold rating and eight have assigned a buy rating to the stock. The stock currently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $73.11. Read more …


ABB Group (NYSE:ABB) was upgraded by analysts at UBS from a “sell” rating to a “neutral” rating in a report released on Tuesday, 247wallst.com reports. ABB has been the topic of a number of other research reports. Zacks Investment Research cut ABB Group from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Wednesday, December 27th. JPMorgan Chase reiterated a “neutral” rating on shares of ABB Group in a report on Wednesday, January 10th. Robert W. Baird cut ABB Group from an “outperform” rating to a “neutral” rating and set a $29.00 target price on the stock. in a report on Wednesday, January 17th. Berenberg Bank upgraded ABB Group from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Wednesday, January 17th. Finally, Jefferies Group reiterated a “sell” rating and issued a $23.00 target price on shares of ABB Group in a report on Wednesday, March 28th. Two investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, nine have assigned a hold rating and two have given a buy rating to the company. The company presently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $27.00. Read more …

10 Best Stocks to Buy and Hold Forever


If you have to get married to companies, these are some of your best bets



In a market environment that overwhelmingly encourages constant activity by investors who seemingly want to double their money every week, a discussion of stocks to buy and hold forever seems comically out of place.

And yet, for better or worse, that’s the mindset all of us should adopt for most of our investing capital. More often than not, the more you trade, the worse you end up doing. It has been said (and verified) that 95% of true “day traders” — the most aggressive and active of all market participants — end up losing money by being too active for their own good. Conversely, the fact that Warren Buffett’s favorite holding period is “forever” and how he’s got a track record most investors would envy is just as telling.




With that as the backdrop, here’s a rundown of 10 stocks to buy and hold forever … or at least until something significant changes with your life plans or the companies themselves.



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High Dividend Stocks: 29 High Yield Stocks for Income – April 2018 Update



High dividend stocks appeal to many investors living off dividends in retirement because their high yields provide generous income.

Many of the highest paying dividend stocks offer a high yield in excess of 4%, and some even yield 10% or more.

However, not all high yield dividend stocks are safe. Let’s review what high dividend stocks are, where stocks with high dividends can be found in the market, and how to identify which high dividends are risky.

At the end of the article, we will take a look at 29 of the best high dividend stocks, providing analysis on each company. Almost all of these high yield stocks offer a dividend yield greater than 4%, have increased their dividends for at least five consecutive years, and maintain healthy Dividend Safety Scores.

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The market’s strength has reduced the number of safe dividend stocks with high yields, but there are still several dozen worth reviewing.

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