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Johnson & Johnson's stock surges after earnings beat, raised dividend

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By Tomi Kilgore

Shares of Johnson & Johnson /zigman2/quotes/201724570/composite JNJ +0.71% rose 4.8% in premarket trading Tuesday, after the drug and consumer products company reported first-quarter profit and sales that rose above expectations and boosted its dividend, offsetting a downbeat full-year outlook. Net income rose to $5.80 billion, or $2.17 a share, from $3.75 billion, or $1.39 a share, from a year ago. Excluding non-recurring items, adjusted earnings per share rose to $2.30 from $2.10, beating the FactSet consensus of $2.01. Revenue grew 3.3% to $20.69 billion, above the FactSet consensus of $19.73 billion, with all three business segments topping expectations. Pharmaceutical sales rose 8.7% to $11.13 billion, medical device sales declined 8.2% to $5.93 billion and consumer health sales increased 9.2% to $3.63 billion. For 2020, J&J lowered its adjusted EPS guidance range, citing the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, to $7.50 to $7.90 from $8.95 to $9.10, which is below the FactSet consensus of $8.27, and cut is sales forecast to $77.5 billion to $80.5 billion from $85.4 billion to $86.2 billion, below the FactSet consensus of $81.1 billion. Separately, J&J raised its quarterly dividend by 6.3% to $1.01 a share, with the new dividend payable June 9 to shareholders of record on May 26. The stock has lost 4.6% over the past three months through Monday, while the Dow Jones Industrial Average /zigman2/quotes/210598065/realtime DJIA +0.17% has lost 19.2%.

/zigman2/quotes/201724570/composite
US : U.S.: NYSE
$ 148.60
+1.05 +0.71%
Volume: 3.64M
Aug. 7, 2020 4:00p
P/E Ratio
26.12
Dividend Yield
2.72%
Market Cap
$391.24 billion
Rev. per Employee
$603,509
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/zigman2/quotes/210598065/realtime
US : Dow Jones Global
27,433.48
+46.50 +0.17%
Volume: 324.93M
Aug. 7, 2020 5:10p
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