Johnson & Johnson (NYSE:JNJ) is a great stock for a new investor (particularly a new health care investor).
It's large. In fact, it's the largest pharma and medical tech company in the world.
It's diverse. The consumer and medical device segments combine for about 60% of the company's revenue, which helps balance out the more risky drug-making (pharma) division. Of course, pharma has driven growth at the company -- with 11% revenue growth last quarter -- and it's important to have exposure to the new growth opportunities such a division offers.
It's a dividend payer. J&J pays about a 3% yield. It's also a dividend aristocrat, meaning that it has increased its dividend for at least 25 consecutive years. And with a cash payout ratio under 50%, it looks like there's plenty more growth to come.
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