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Is this Large Market Cap Stock target price reasonable for Becton, Dickinson and Company (NYSE:BDX)?

The company in question is, Becton, Dickinson and Company (NYSE:BDX) currently with a stock price of 177.88 (0.32% today). The market cap for Becton, Dickinson and Company is 37811.95, and is in the sector Healthcare, and Medical Instruments & Supplies industry. The target price for Becton, Dickinson and Company is 183.18. Currently Becton, Dickinson and Company is trading with a P/E of 33.9, and a forward P/E of 18.8. Average volume for Becton, Dickinson and Company is 829.68 and so far today it is 588000.

Performance in the last year for Becton, Dickinson and Company has been 34.12%. For EPS growth, Becton, Dickinson and Company has seen a growth of -44.10%, and is looking to grow in the next year to 10.47%. More long term stats show that EPS growth has been -6.30% over the last five years and could be 13.37% for the next five years. Becton, Dickinson and Company has seen sales growth quarter over quarter at 2.50%, with EPS growth quarter over quarter at 522.00%. The 20-day simple moving average is 2.30%, with the 200-day simple moving average coming to 12.30%.

Since the IPO date for Becton, Dickinson and Company on the 4/6/1983, Becton, Dickinson and Company has seen performance year to date to be 16.41%. With Becton, Dickinson and Company trading at 177.88, the dividend yield is 1.48%, and the EPS is 5.25.

So could Becton, Dickinson and Company, be undervalued? Well as said before P/E is 33.9. The PEG is 2.54, P/S is 3.07 and the P/B is at 4.72. The P/cash is 22.23, with P/free cash flow at 28.22.

Becton, Dickinson and Company ability to deal with debt shows that the current ratio is 1.5, and the quick ratio is 1.1. This is with long term debt/equity at 1.31, and total debt/equity at 1.48.

In terms of margins, Becton, Dickinson and Company has a gross margin of 43.50%, an operating margin of 13.20% and a profit margin of 9.20%.Payout ratio for Becton, Dickinson and Company is 48.10%. Return on assets come to 4.30% with return on investment coming to 5.20%.

Insider ownership for Becton, Dickinson and Company, is at 0.20% and institutional ownership comes to 84.90%. Outstanding shares are at 212.57. While shares float is 212.33. The float short is currently 1.37%, and short ratio is 3.51.

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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