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Becton, Dickinson and Company (NYSE: BDX) – Is this large market cap stock undervalued?

Becton, Dickinson and Company (NYSE: BDX), is firmly in the large market cap category with market cap of 38150.67. To be considered a large market cap stock companies have to be valued at more than $10 billion. The current price for Becton, Dickinson and Company is 179.17 (with a change from open of -0.78%), this in conjunction with a target price of 183.04. Volume today has so far reached 592400, with an average volume of about 791.23. The GAP for this stock, is 0.89%.

The P/E ratio is 34.15, bringing the forward P/E to a value of 18.94. The current EPS for Becton, Dickinson and Company, is 5.25, with a EPS growth for this year coming to a value of -44.10%. Performance has been interesting with performance year to date coming to 17.69%.

Looking further into the growth statistics for Becton, Dickinson and Company, EPS is looking like it will grow 10.35% in the next year. Looking even further it is projected to be 13.37%. Quarter over quarter is 522.00% for EPS growth and for sales growth quarter over quarter it is 2.50%. Looking at past EPS growth statistics we see that for the past five years it has been -6.30%. Sales growth for the past five years has in fact been 7.60%.

Looking at the ownership, we see that the insider ownership is at 0.20% and institutional ownership is 85.00%. Shares outstanding is 212.93, while shares float is at a value of 212.33. Float short for Becton, Dickinson and Company is 1.51% and the short ratio is 4.06.

In terms of debt, long term debt/equity is 1.31, while the total debt/equity comes to 1.48. The ability to meet these debts, means that the current ratio is 1.5, and the quick ratio is 1.1. The most recent gross margin is 43.50% and their operating margin is 13.20%. The profit margin is 9.20%.

Becton, Dickinson and Company has seen returns on assets of 4.30%, and on investment, 5.20%. Return on equity is 15.10%. Price/Earnings to growth ratio is 2.55. Price/Sales ratio is at a value of 3.1, with Price/book ratio coming to 4.75 and Price/cash is 22.43, and finally Price/Free cash Flow is 28.47.

The simple moving averages are 2.45% and 12.02% for 20 day and 200 day simple moving average respectively. For the 52 week high and low the 52 week high is -1.42% and the 52 week low is 41.33%.

Becton, Dickinson and Company has a dividend yield of 1.47%, with a current price of 179.17. The ability to pay this means the payout ratio is 48.10%. This is in an industry, Medical Instruments & Supplies, with equally high dividends from other companies in this sector, which it is Healthcare. Becton, Dickinson and Company is based in USA.

Performance in the Medical Instruments & Supplies industry means that Becton, Dickinson and Company has seen performance for the past week of -0.12%, with performance for the month coming to 1.46%. Looking at the data for the quarter it is at a value of 6.94%, and for the half year the performance is 39.14%. Volatility for this week is 1.41% and for the month this is 1.33%.

Disclaimer: Remember there is a risk to your investment, this is not a recommendation, nor personal advice, never invest more than you are able too loose.

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