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A look at a High Market Cap Stock: Becton, Dickinson and Company, BDX

Becton, Dickinson and Company, BDX is in the exchange NYSE and its industry is Medical Instruments & Supplies in the sector of Healthcare. Based in USA, Becton, Dickinson and Company, BDX  has a market cap of 37760.44. Since its IPO date on the 4/6/1983, Becton, Dickinson and Company, BDX performance year to date is 15.97%. Today Becton, Dickinson and Company, BDX has gained -0.29%, with a current price of 177.21.

Ownership of the company is 0.20% for insider ownership while institutional ownership is 84.90%. The management of the company have seen the company have a payout ratio of 48.10%. Return of assets are at 4.30%, with return on investment at 5.20%.

In terms of debt levels and profit levels, Becton, Dickinson and Company, BDX is seeing a long-term debt/equity of 1.31. While Total debt/equity is 1.48. With a profit margin of 9.20%, this is combined with a gross margin of 43.50%, and operating margin of 13.20%. Becton, Dickinson and Company ability to meet debt levels, with a current ratio of 1.5, while the quick ratio is 1.1.

For the last year Becton, Dickinson and Company, BDX has seen a EPS growth of -44.10%. A performance for the year of 33.63%. The 52-week high is -0.53%, and the 52-week low is 39.26%. The average volume for Becton, Dickinson and Company, BDX is 858400.

With a target price of 183.18, can Becton, Dickinson and Company, BDX reach this target? Looking at the value indicators of Becton, Dickinson and Company, BDX. Becton, Dickinson and Company has a P/E of 33.77 and a forward P/E of 18.72. Perhaps the more useful indicator than P/E, is PEG which has a value of 2.53. Becton, Dickinson and Company also has a P/S and a P/B of 3.07 and 4.7 respectively. For P/cash, Becton, Dickinson and Company has a value of 22.2, while it is 28.18 for P/free cash flow.

At the current price of 177.21, Becton, Dickinson and Company has a dividend yield of 1.49%. We see a return on equity of 15.10%.

Looking more long-term Becton, Dickinson and Company, is projected to get an EPS growth for the next five years of 13.37%. In the short-term an EPS growth of 10.47% in the next year is forecasted. This is after a EPS growth of -44.10% for this year and for the last five years a -6.30% growth has been seen.

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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