NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. (AP) - Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) on Tuesday reported first-quarter net income of $4.29 billion.

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. (AP) Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) on Tuesday reported first-quarter net income of $4.29 billion.

On a per-share basis, the New Brunswick, New Jersey-based company said it had profit of $1.54. Earnings, adjusted for amortization costs and restructuring costs, came to $1.68 per share.

The results surpassed Wall Street expectations. The average estimate of 11 analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of $1.64 per share.

The world's biggest maker of health care products posted revenue of $17.48 billion in the period, which also topped Street forecasts. Six analysts surveyed by Zacks expected $17.42 billion.

Johnson & Johnson expects full-year earnings in the range of $6.53 to $6.68 per share, with revenue in the range of $71.2 billion to $71.9 billion.

Johnson & Johnson shares have increased 8 percent since the beginning of the year, while the Standard & Poor's 500 index has climbed 2.5 percent. The stock has risen 11 percent in the last 12 months.

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