Dow Today: Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) Higher

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) is trading down 32.0 points (-0.2%) at 16,430 as of Thursday, Jan 9, 2014, 1:35 p.m. ET. During this time, 190.5 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 358.1 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,477 issues advancing vs. 1,527 declining with 116 unchanged.
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The Dow component leading the way higher looks to be Johnson & Johnson (NYSE: JNJ), which is sporting a 63-cent gain (+0.7%) bringing the stock to $94.79. Volume for Johnson & Johnson currently sits at 4.9 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 7.1 million shares.

Johnson & Johnson has a market cap of $266.03 billion and is part of the health care sector and drugs industry. Shares are up 2.8% year to date as of Wednesday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 2.8%.

Johnson & Johnson, together with its subsidiaries, engages in the research and development, manufacture, and sale of various products in the health care field worldwide. The company operates in three segments: Consumer, Pharmaceutical, and Medical Devices and Diagnostics. The company has a P/E ratio of 21.1, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7.

TheStreet Ratings rates Johnson & Johnson as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, reasonable valuation levels, good cash flow from operations and expanding profit margins. Although no company is perfect, currently we do not see any significant weaknesses which are likely to detract from the generally positive outlook.

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