Analysts Set Becton Dickinson and Co (BDX) PT at $183.00

Shares of Becton Dickinson and Co (NYSE:BDX) have earned a consensus rating of “Hold” from the thirteen analysts that are covering the firm. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a sell recommendation, five have given a hold recommendation and seven have given a buy recommendation to the company. The average twelve-month price objective among brokers that have updated their coverage on the stock in the last year is $184.70.

Several research firms recently weighed in on BDX. Royal Bank of Canada restated a “hold” rating and issued a $177.00 price target on shares of Becton Dickinson and in a research note on Thursday. Jefferies Group LLC restated a “buy” rating and issued a $200.00 price target on shares of Becton Dickinson and in a research note on Wednesday, March 29th. JPMorgan Chase & Co. downgraded Becton Dickinson and from an “overweight” rating to a “neutral” rating and cut their price target for the stock from $190.00 to $175.00 in a research note on Tuesday, January 3rd. Zacks Investment Research upgraded Becton Dickinson and from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $206.00 price target on the stock in a research note on Tuesday. Finally, Raymond James Financial, Inc. restated an “outperform” rating and issued a $180.00 price target (down previously from $200.00) on shares of Becton Dickinson and in a research note on Thursday, January 5th.

In other Becton Dickinson and news, VP Jeffrey S. Sherman sold 31,464 shares of the stock in a transaction on Wednesday, February 15th. The stock was sold at an average price of $180.02, for a total transaction of $5,664,149.28. Following the sale, the vice president now directly owns 22,094 shares in the company, valued at approximately $3,977,361.88. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which is accessible through the SEC website. Company insiders own 1.40% of the company’s stock.

A number of hedge funds have recently modified their holdings of the stock. Norges Bank acquired a new stake in shares of Becton Dickinson and during the fourth quarter valued at approximately $253,005,000. The Manufacturers Life Insurance Company acquired a new stake in shares of Becton Dickinson and during the third quarter valued at approximately $98,760,000. Generation Investment Management LLP increased its stake in shares of Becton Dickinson and by 81.8% in the third quarter. Generation Investment Management LLP now owns 1,212,740 shares of the company’s stock valued at $217,966,000 after buying an additional 545,636 shares in the last quarter. Russell Investments Group Ltd. acquired a new stake in shares of Becton Dickinson and during the fourth quarter valued at approximately $83,367,000. Finally, Price T Rowe Associates Inc. MD increased its stake in shares of Becton Dickinson and by 3.1% in the third quarter. Price T Rowe Associates Inc. MD now owns 16,848,347 shares of the company’s stock valued at $3,028,153,000 after buying an additional 501,017 shares in the last quarter. Institutional investors and hedge funds own 82.30% of the company’s stock.

Shares of Becton Dickinson and (NYSE:BDX) traded up 0.03% during mid-day trading on Monday, hitting $183.27. The company’s stock had a trading volume of 194,845 shares. The company has a market cap of $39.00 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 30.50 and a beta of 1.00. The stock’s 50 day moving average price is $183.63 and its 200 day moving average price is $175.04. Becton Dickinson and has a 52-week low of $157.10 and a 52-week high of $186.11.

Becton Dickinson and (NYSE:BDX) last posted its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, February 2nd. The company reported $2.33 earnings per share for the quarter, topping the consensus estimate of $2.11 by $0.22. The company had revenue of $2.92 billion for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $2.86 billion. Becton Dickinson and had a return on equity of 25.25% and a net margin of 10.54%. The firm’s quarterly revenue was down 2.1% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same quarter in the prior year, the business posted $1.96 EPS. Equities analysts forecast that Becton Dickinson and will post $9.44 EPS for the current year.

The firm also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Friday, March 31st. Shareholders of record on Friday, March 10th were paid a dividend of $0.73 per share. The ex-dividend date was Wednesday, March 8th. This represents a $2.92 annualized dividend and a yield of 1.59%. Becton Dickinson and’s dividend payout ratio is 48.42%.

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About Becton Dickinson and

Becton, Dickinson and Company (BD) is a global medical technology company engaged in the development, manufacture and sale of a range of medical supplies, devices, laboratory equipment and diagnostic products. The Company operates through two segments: BD Medical and BD Life Sciences. The BD Medical segment produces an array of medical technologies and devices that are used to help improve healthcare delivery in a range of settings.

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