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American Multinational Corporation Johnson and Johnson Stock Underperforms

American Multinational Johnson and Johnson rallied 1.05% to $169.96 Thursday. This proved to be an all-around favorable trading session for the Stock market, with the S&P 500 Index SPX rising 1.22% to 4,112.50 and the Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA rising 1.29% to 34,021.45. The stock’s rise snapped a two-day losing streak.

Johnson and Johnson closed $3.69 short of its 52-week high ($173.65), which the company achieved on January 26th. The stock outperformed some of its competitors Thursday, as Roche Holding AG Part. Cert. RHHVF fell 2.76% to $325.55, Merck & Co. Inc. MRK rose 0.88% to $78.69, and Pfizer Inc. PFE rose 1.03% to $40.10. Trading volume (8.0 M) eclipsed its 50-day average volume of 7.4 M.

The Food and Drug Administration and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention determined the benefits of the Johnson and Johnson vaccine outweighed the risks of keeping it off the market. Out of nearly 8 million who received the vaccine, 15 people have developed the condition and three have died.The two agencies held a joint news conference Friday evening to announce their decision to allow distribution of the Johnson and Johnson vaccine to resume.

Dr. Janet Woodcock, the FDA’s acting commissioner said that both agencies have full confidence that this vaccine’s known and potential benefits outweigh its known and potential risks in individuals 18 years and older. The vaccine in the United States would prevent 1,435 deaths from COVID-19 and 2,236 admissions to hospital intensive care units, according to a CDC analysis. It could cause approximately 24 cases of TTS, said a CDC staffer.Three of the 15 known patients have died, roughly 20% of those diagnosed with TTS.

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