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J&J Accelerates Quarterly Profits

By John F. Heerdink, Jr.
Recently, Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) announced that their Q1 earnings which exceeded market expectations. The company highlighted how their drug Stelara, used for the treatment of psoriasis and Crohn’s disease, enjoyed a double-digit increase of about 32% bringing it to  $1.41 billion & now is accounting for more than half of the company’s revenue. Cancer drugs Darzalex and Imbruvica also contributed significantly to the earnings. An overall increase in sales revenue of $20.02 billion was realized which beat analyst’s expectations of $19.61 billion. J&J increased its full-year forecast for adjusted earnings to $8.53/share to $8.63/share.
As reported Jennifer Taubert, head of J&J’s pharma unit expressed “We believe that we’re off to a very, very strong start with Spravato and that is going to be an important growth driver for us,”
On the new launch front, the company is expecting a promising start from its new nasal spray depression treatment Spravato, which was recently approved by the FDA. However, amidst new launches and its pharmaceuticals business hitting the right notes, the company still foresees declining sales in 2019 due to competition from generics and biosimilar. Dow 30 component Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) is a worldwide healthcare focused company that embraces research and science so that it can provide customers with innovative ideas, products, and services. To learn more about Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) and to continue to track its progress visit the Vista Partners Johnson & Johnson Coverage Page. Vista Partners LLC (”Vista”) is a California Registered Investment Advisor based in San Francisco. Vista delivers timely and relevant insights via the website: with daily stories, weekly market updates, monthly macroeconomic newsletters, podcasts, & Vista’s proprietary equity and market research to help you stay informed and stay competitive. Vista’s mission is to invest partner capital while arming investors with a comprehensive global financial perspective across all market sectors. Vista also seeks to provide select issuers with actionable advice regarding fundamental development, corporate governance, and capital market directives. Stay Informed! Stay Competitive! Join us at Vista Partners! It’s FREE to receive email updates. week3(12)

Pharmaceuticals drive J&J to better-than-expected quarterly profit

Sales of Stelara, which also treats Crohn’s disease, jumped about 32 percent to $1.41 billion, fueling a 4 percent rise for the pharmaceutical business, which accounts for more than half of the company’s total revenue. Double-digit increases for cancer drugs Darzalex and Imbruvica also contributed..
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