Why Johnson & Johnson Stock Is Boosting the Dow

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One very popular stock for many a retirement portfolio --including "The World's Greatest" -- reported this morning, and investors are pleased with what they see. Read below to see why this stock -- Johnson & Johnson (NYSE: JNJ  )  -- is up today, and at the end, I'll offer up access to a special premium report on the company.

Just the numbers



Vs. Expectations

Vs. Q1 2012


$17.5 billion

Beat by $100 million


Earnings Per Share


Beat by $0.04


Sources: E*Trade, SEC filings. These results actually exclude a $600 million, one-time charge for litigation expenses and the company's acquisition of Synthes.  

Because Johnson & Johnson is such a massive medical conglomerate, it helps to break down the company into its three segments:

  1. Consumer: Sells over the counter (OTC) medicines and products, accounting for 21% of all sales.
  2. Pharmaceuticals: Develops prescription medications, accounting for 39% of all sales.
  3. Medical devices and diagnostics: Offers larger, more complicated machines to medical establishments, accounting for 40% of all sales.

Source: SEC filings. 

Source: SEC filings.

Source: SEC filings.

While it might seem that the slow growth in the consumer sector would be disappointing, it actually was encouraging. The last three years have seen sales of Tylenol and Motrin fall as the company addressed production problems at its Puerto Rico and Pennsylvania plants.  

Pharmaceuticals, on the other hand, were both higher than expected and showed tremendous growth. Sales of Invega (a drug for schizophrenia), Stelara (a psoriasis treatment), Simponi (an arthritis medicine), Remicade (an anti-inflammatory), and Prezista (an HIV treatment) all were major contributors to this growth. 

And even though sales for medical devices were softer than expected, they still showed solid 10% growth. That was helped primarily by the acquisition of Synthes, as well as sales of electrophysiology and cardiovascular products, and the company's 1-Day Acuvue disposable contact lenses.

Is J&J still a buy after today's run?
Involved in everything from baby powder to biotech, Johnson & Johnson's critics are convinced that the company is spread way too thin. If you want to know if J&J is nothing but a bloated corporate whale -- or a well-diversified giant that's perfect for your portfolio -- check out The Fool's new premium report outlining the Johnson & Johnson story in terms that any investor can understand. Claim your copy by clicking here now

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