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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 37291.73. Since its IPO date on the 4/6/1983, Becton, Dickinson and Company, BDX performance year to date is 15.03%. Today Becton, Dickinson and Company, BDX has gained -3.74%, with a current price of 169.2.

Ownership of the company is 0.10% for insider ownership while institutional ownership is 84.40%. 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 17.36%. The 52-week high is -4.83%, and the 52-week low is 32.97%. The average volume for Becton, Dickinson and Company, BDX is 1744215.

With a target price of 182.13, 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 46.92 and a forward P/E of 18.52. Perhaps the more useful indicator than P/E, is PEG which has a value of 3.52. 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 21.8, while it is 34.85 for P/free cash flow.

At the current price of 169.2, 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 13.34%. In the short-term an EPS growth of 10.81% 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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