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American Multinational Corporation Johnson & Johnson stock outperforms

Johnson & Johnson shares shed 0.40% to $168.20 Wednesday. This proved to be an all-around rough trading session for the Stock market, with the S&P 500 Index SPX falling 2.14% to 4,063.04 and Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA falling 1.99% to 33,587.66. This was the stock’s second consecutive day of losses.

Johnson & Johnson closed $5.45 below its 52-week high of $173.65 which the company reached on January 26th. The stock underperformed when compared to some of its competitors Wednesday, as Roche Holding AG Part. Cert. RHHVF rose 0.84% to $334.80, Merck & Co. Inc. MRK rose 0.70% to $78.00, and Pfizer Inc. PFE rose 0.86% to $39.69. Trading volume (6.7 M) remained 846,128 below its 50-day average volume of 7.6 M.

Johnson & Johnson pharmaceutical business developed the single-shot Covid vaccine, generating $12.19 billion in revenue, a 9.6% year-over-year increase. The results were increased by sales of the company’s multiple myeloma drug Darzalex and Stelara, a treatment for Crohn’s disease. Its medical device unit generated $6.57 billion, a 7.9% increase, as the pandemic recovery improves. The unit was hit hard last year as the pandemic forced hospitals to postpone elective surgeries and Americans stayed home.

The company raised its earnings and revenue guidance for the year. The New Jersey-based company expects a full-year profit of $9.42 to $9.57 per share, compared with its previous forecast of $9.40 to $9.60 per share. It expects revenue between $90.6 billion and $91.6 billion, compared with its prior forecast of $90.5 billion to $91.7 billion.

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