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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 37260.27. Since its IPO date on the 4/6/1983, Becton, Dickinson and Company, BDX performance year to date is 14.94%. Today Becton, Dickinson and Company, BDX has gained 1.43%, with a current price of 175.64.

Ownership of the company is 0.20% for insider ownership while institutional ownership is 84.50%. The management of the company have seen the company have a payout ratio of 65.80%. Return of assets are at 3.10%, 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 1.42. While Total debt/equity is 1.63. With a profit margin of 6.60%, this is combined with a gross margin of 44.90%, and operating margin of 10.20%. 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 25.97%. The 52-week high is 1.39%, and the 52-week low is 38.03%. The average volume for Becton, Dickinson and Company, BDX is 891802.

With a target price of 178.63, 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 46.89 and a forward P/E of 18.54. Perhaps the more useful indicator than P/E, is PEG which has a value of 3.51. Becton, Dickinson and Company also has a P/S and a P/B of 3.05 and 4.87 respectively. For P/cash, Becton, Dickinson and Company has a value of 21.78, while it is 34.82 for P/free cash flow.

At the current price of 175.64, Becton, Dickinson and Company has a dividend yield of 1.50%. We see a return on equity of 11.10%.

Looking more long-term Becton, Dickinson and Company, is projected to get an EPS growth for the next five years of 13.36%. In the short-term an EPS growth of 10.57% 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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