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Morgan Stanley gives Johnson & Johnson an overweight rating, says stock looks cheap

A bottle of Johnson & Johnson’s brand lotion for sale at a pharmacy in Salt Lake City, Utah, on Thursday, Feb. 25, 2021.

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Investors should bet on Johnson & Johnson for its diversified growth and relatively cheap valuation, according to Morgan Stanley.

The company has been in focus over the past year due to its development of a Covid-19 vaccine, but the stock hasn’t been a big winner. Its single-dose vaccine suffered a few setbacks, including a temporary halt in U.S. distribution following reports of a rare blood clotting issue in some recipients. Shares have risen just under 15% over the past year.

Analyst David Risinger assumed coverage of the stock with an overweight rating, saying in a note to clients on Friday that strength in multiple business units should help shares rise.

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