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How to buy Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) stocks

Learn how to easily invest in Johnson & Johnson stocks.

Johnson & Johnson is a drug manufacturers-general business based in the US. Johnson & Johnson shares (JNJ) are listed on the NYSE and all prices are listed in US Dollars.


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How has Coronavirus impacted Johnson & Johnson's stock price?

Since the stock market crash in March caused by coronavirus, Johnson & Johnson's stock price has had significant positive movement.

Its last market close was $164.61, which is 8.92% up on its pre-crash value of $149.93 and 50.80% up on the lowest point reached during the March crash when the stocks fell as low as $109.16.

If you had bought $1,000 worth of Johnson & Johnson stocks at the start of February 2020, those stocks would have been worth $740.19 at the bottom of the March crash, and if you held on to them, then as of the last market close they'd be worth $1,096.30.

Is it a good time to buy Johnson & Johnson stock?

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Johnson & Johnson shares at a glance

Information last updated 2023-02-02.
Latest market close$164.61
52-week range$152.71 - $183.08
50-day moving average $175.06
200-day moving average $172.88
Wall St. target price$183.63
PE ratio 24.5052
Dividend yield $4.45 (2.69%)
Earnings per share (TTM) $6.73

Johnson & Johnson stock price (NYSE:JNJ)

Use our graph to track the performance of JNJ stocks over time.

Johnson & Johnson price performance over time

Historical closes compared with the close of $164.61 from 2023-02-03

1 week (2023-01-27) -2.15%
1 month (2023-01-05) -7.94%
3 months (2022-11-04) -4.01%
6 months (2022-08-05) -3.80%
1 year (2022-02-04) -4.09%
2 years (2021-02-05) 0.10%
3 years (2020-02-05) 6.90%
5 years (2018-02-05) 26.24%

Is Johnson & Johnson under- or over-valued?

Valuing Johnson & Johnson stock is incredibly difficult, and any metric has to be viewed as part of a bigger picture of Johnson & Johnson's overall performance. However, analysts commonly use some key metrics to help gauge the value of a stock.

Johnson & Johnson's P/E ratio

Johnson & Johnson's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 25x. In other words, Johnson & Johnson shares trade at around 25x recent earnings.

That's relatively low compared to, say, the trailing 12-month P/E ratio for the NASDAQ 100 at the end of 2019 (27.29). The low P/E ratio could mean that investors are pessimistic about the outlook for the shares or simply that they're under-valued.

Johnson & Johnson's PEG ratio

Johnson & Johnson's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 3.7929. A low ratio can be interpreted as meaning the shares offer better value, while a higher ratio can be interpreted as meaning the shares offer worse value.

The PEG ratio provides a broader view than just the P/E ratio, as it gives more insight into Johnson & Johnson's future profitability. By accounting for growth, it could also help you if you're comparing the share prices of multiple high-growth companies.

Johnson & Johnson's EBITDA

Johnson & Johnson's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is $32.6 billion.

The EBITDA is a measure of a Johnson & Johnson's overall financial performance and is widely used to measure a its profitability.

Johnson & Johnson financials

Revenue TTM $94.9 billion
Operating margin TTM 27.04%
Gross profit TTM $64.5 billion
Return on assets TTM 8.81%
Return on equity TTM 24.14%
Profit margin 18.9%
Book value $28.51
Market capitalisation $431.2 billion

TTM: trailing 12 months

Johnson & Johnson's environmental, social and governance track record

Environmental, social and governance (known as ESG) criteria are a set of three factors used to measure the sustainability and social impact of companies like Johnson & Johnson.

When it comes to ESG scores, lower is better, and lower scores are generally associated with lower risk for would-be investors.

Johnson & Johnson's total ESG risk score

Total ESG risk: 35.8

Socially conscious investors use ESG scores to screen how an investment aligns with their worldview, and Johnson & Johnson's overall score of 35.8 (as at 12/31/2018) is pretty weak – landing it in it in the 72nd percentile of companies rated in the same sector.

ESG scores are increasingly used to estimate the level of risk a company like Johnson & Johnson is exposed to within the areas of "environmental" (carbon footprint, resource use etc.), "social" (health and safety, human rights etc.), and "governance" (anti-corruption, tax transparency etc.).

Johnson & Johnson's environmental score

Environmental score: 3.79/100

Johnson & Johnson's environmental score of 3.79 puts it squarely in the 7th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that Johnson & Johnson is a leader in its sector terms of its environmental impact, and exposed to a lower level of risk.

Johnson & Johnson's social score

Social score: 25.14/100

Johnson & Johnson's social score of 25.14 puts it squarely in the 7th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that Johnson & Johnson is a leader in its sector when it comes to taking good care of its workforce and the communities it impacts.

Johnson & Johnson's governance score

Governance score: 14.87/100

Johnson & Johnson's governance score puts it squarely in the 7th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. That could suggest that Johnson & Johnson is a leader in its sector when it comes to responsible management and strategy, and exposed to a lower level of risk.

Johnson & Johnson's controversy score

Controversy score: 4/5

ESG scores also evaluate any incidences of controversy that a company has been involved in. Johnson & Johnson scored a 4 out of 5 for controversy – the second-lowest score possible, reflecting that Johnson & Johnson has a damaged public profile.

Johnson & Johnson share dividends


Dividend payout ratio: 44.49% of net profits

Recently Johnson & Johnson has paid out, on average, around 44.49% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 2.69% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), Johnson & Johnson shareholders could enjoy a 2.69% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In Johnson & Johnson's case, that would currently equate to about $4.45 per share.

While Johnson & Johnson's payout ratio might seem fairly standard, it's worth remembering that Johnson & Johnson may be investing much of the rest of its net profits in future growth.

Johnson & Johnson's most recent dividend payout was on 6 March 2023. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 16 February 2023 (the "ex-dividend date").

Have Johnson & Johnson's shares ever split?

Johnson & Johnson's shares were split on a 2:1 basis on 12 June 2001. So if you had owned 1 share the day before before the split, the next day you'd have owned 2 shares. This wouldn't directly have changed the overall worth of your Johnson & Johnson shares – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 50% lower share price could have impacted the market appetite for Johnson & Johnson shares which in turn could have impacted Johnson & Johnson's share price.

Johnson & Johnson share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, Johnson & Johnson's shares have ranged in value from as little as $152.7074 up to $183.0782. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

JNJ.US volatility(beta: 0.57)Avg. volatility(beta: 1.00)LowHigh

Beta is a measure of a share's volatility in relation to the market. The market (NYSE average) beta is 1, while Johnson & Johnson's is 0.5706. This would suggest that Johnson & Johnson's shares are less volatile than average (for this exchange).

Johnson & Johnson overview

Johnson & Johnson, together with its subsidiaries, researches and develops, manufactures, and sells various products in the healthcare field worldwide. The company's Consumer Health segment offers baby care products under the JOHNSON'S and AVEENO Baby brands; oral care products under the LISTERINE brand; skin health/beauty products under the AVEENO, CLEAN & CLEAR, DR. CI:LABO, NEUTROGENA, and OGX brands; TYLENOL acetaminophen products; SUDAFED cold, flu, and allergy products; BENADRYL and ZYRTEC allergy products; MOTRIN IB ibuprofen products; NICORETTE smoking cessation products; and PEPCID acid reflux products. It also offers STAYFREE and CAREFREE sanitary pads; o. b. tampons; adhesive bandages under the BAND-AID brand; and first aid products under the NEOSPORIN brand. It serves general public, retail outlets, and distributors.

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