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The Heart of the Street: Unearthing Wall Street’s Adored Seasoned Stocks

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The Heart of the Street: Unearthing Wall Street’s Adored Seasoned Stocks

Venture into the realm of stability and growth with JNJ’s pharmaceutical supremacy, KO’s global brand resilience, and CAT’s industry dominance.

Johnson & Johnson (JNJ)

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Johnson & Johnson (NYSE: JNJ) stands tall among the Dividend Kings, unfurling its dividends for 61 consecutive years. The classics never fade, and JNJ is indeed a favorite among Wall Street’s long-term darlings. Garnering a ‘Moderate Buy’ consensus rating, JNJ holds the promise of approximately 15% upside potential.

Investors rest their laurels not only on capital gain but more so on the consistent dividend stream from JNJ. After the spin-off of its consumer healthcare unit into Kenvue, JNJ has tightened its focus on pharmaceuticals and medical devices. The margin and profitability outlook appear brighter post-spinoff.

Quashing estimates in Q4 of ’23, JNJ revealed the sheer strength in its Innovative Medicine and MedTech sectors. The innovative portfolio drove a healthy 4.8% revenue spike for the entire year. Not stopping there, the MedTech wing was further turbocharged by the Abiomed acquisition, bolstering surgical solutions.

Backed by robust earnings, an AAA credit rating, and strategic acquisitions like Ambrx to fortify its oncology lineup, JNJ radiates a compelling allure like never before.

Coca-Cola (KO)

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Coca-Cola (NYSE: KO), a timeless income magnet among Wall Street’s cherished long-term picks, holds a ‘Moderate Buy’ rating and a lush 11% potential upside from current levels. With 11 of 15 ratings in the ‘Buy’ segment, Coca-Cola has been a post-pandemic phoenix, soaring with global brand supremacy.

The inelastic demand for its elixirs sets Coca-Cola truly pole apart. Priced premium, with a sturdy organic growth of 12% in the preceding quarter, the bedrock remains unshaken.

Forecasting a 6% to 7% organic sales surge in 2024, along with a 4% to 5% EPS elevation, Coca-Cola is sprinting ahead of estimates despite foreseen FX headwinds on earnings.

Augmenting its prowess, with the recent acquisition of Bodyarmor for a whopping $5.6 billion, Coca-Cola’s repertoire sprawls from caffeinated brews to a spectrum of health tonics. A dividend yield of 3.19% and 62 consecutive years of dividend hikes paint Coca-Cola as a dividend haven.

Caterpillar (CAT)



The Rise of Caterpillar (CAT) Stock in a Construction Boom

The Rise of Caterpillar (CAT) Stock in a Construction Boom

CAT Stock Reaches Record High Amid Robust Q4 Earnings

Caterpillar (NYSE: CAT) has surged to new heights after achieving a record high following impressive Q4 earnings, buoyed by a construction boom. The company’s management proudly announced record full-year sales and revenues, surpassing analyst predictions.

Strength Amidst Macroeconomic Uncertainties

Despite prevailing macroeconomic uncertainties, especially in China, Caterpillar stands strong, showcasing its resilient and diversified operating model. Operating within the cyclical construction and mining equipment industry, the company has consistently rewarded its shareholders by returning cash. Its remarkable 31-year streak of increasing dividends places it among the elite group of Dividend Aristocrats.

Predictions for the Future

Looking ahead, with manufacturing taking center stage in the current U.S. presidential debate, the future looks bright for CAT. Regardless of political affiliations, the construction sector is receiving significant attention, evident in initiatives like the $1.2 trillion infrastructure plan. If policies remain supportive of the industry, Caterpillar stock is poised to benefit immensely due to its competitive edge.

Analyst Consensus

The consensus view on CAT stock stands at a “Moderate Buy,” based on the assessments of 18 analysts.

On the publication date, Faizan Farooque did not have (directly or indirectly) any positions in the securities mentioned in this article. The opinions expressed in this article are those of the writer, subject to the InvestorPlace.com Publishing Guidelines.

Faizan Farooque is a contributing author for InvestorPlace.com and numerous other financial sites. With years of experience analyzing the stock market and a background as a former data journalist at S&P Global Market Intelligence, Faizan is dedicated to helping the average investor in making informed decisions about their portfolio.