Diversified healthcare giant Johnson & Johnson (
) on Tuesday posted better-than-expected third quarter earnings
results and offered an in-line full-year forecast.
The New Brunswick, NJ-based company reported third quarter net
income of $3 billion, or $1.05 per share, compared with $3.2
billion, or $1.15 per share, in the year-ago period. Excluding
special items, adjusted profit was $1.25 per share.
Revenue rose 6.5% from last year to $17.05 billion.
On average, Wall Street analysts expected a smaller profit of
$1.21 per share, on lower revenue of $17 billion.
Looking ahead, JNJ forecast full-year 2012 earnings to range
from $5.05 to $5.10 per share, which straddles analysts' outlook of
of $5.08 per share for the year.
Johnson & Johnson shares rose 69 cents, or +1%, in premarket
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