Stifel Nicolaus restated their buy rating on shares of Becton, Dickinson and Company (NYSE:BDX) in a research report released on Friday. The brokerage currently has a $245.00 target price on the medical instruments supplier’s stock.

A number of other research analysts have also weighed in on the company. Piper Jaffray Companies reaffirmed a buy rating and set a $213.00 price objective on shares of Becton, Dickinson and in a report on Tuesday, September 12th. Zacks Investment Research lowered Becton, Dickinson and from a hold rating to a sell rating in a report on Monday, October 9th. Wells Fargo & Company began coverage on Becton, Dickinson and in a report on Friday, September 22nd. They issued an outperform rating and a $225.00 target price on the stock. Bank of America Corporation reissued a buy rating and issued a $225.00 target price (up previously from $200.00) on shares of Becton, Dickinson and in a report on Friday, July 21st. Finally, BidaskClub raised Becton, Dickinson and from a buy rating to a strong-buy rating in a report on Tuesday, July 11th. Five analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating, eleven have issued a buy rating and one has given a strong buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock currently has an average rating of Buy and an average price target of $211.94.

Shares of Becton, Dickinson and (NYSE:BDX) traded up $0.31 during mid-day trading on Friday, reaching $224.41. The company had a trading volume of 1,410,000 shares, compared to its average volume of 1,230,000. Becton, Dickinson and has a 52-week low of $161.29 and a 52-week high of $224.89. The firm has a market capitalization of $51,070.00, a price-to-earnings ratio of 23.61, a PEG ratio of 1.77 and a beta of 1.04. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.48, a current ratio of 5.56 and a quick ratio of 5.01.

Becton, Dickinson and (NYSE:BDX) last announced its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, November 2nd. The medical instruments supplier reported $2.40 earnings per share for the quarter, topping the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $2.37 by $0.03. Becton, Dickinson and had a return on equity of 22.51% and a net margin of 8.52%. The firm had revenue of $3.17 billion for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $3.14 billion. During the same quarter in the prior year, the company posted $2.12 earnings per share. Becton, Dickinson and’s quarterly revenue was down 2.0% on a year-over-year basis. equities research analysts anticipate that Becton, Dickinson and will post 10.65 earnings per share for the current year.

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In other news, EVP Linda M. Tharby sold 4,695 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction on Tuesday, August 22nd. The stock was sold at an average price of $200.48, for a total value of $941,253.60. Following the sale, the executive vice president now directly owns 18,670 shares in the company, valued at $3,742,961.60. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through this hyperlink. Also, insider Ellen R. Strahlman sold 9,283 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction on Thursday, August 10th. The shares were sold at an average price of $198.21, for a total value of $1,839,983.43. Following the completion of the sale, the insider now owns 26,638 shares in the company, valued at $5,279,917.98. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders sold 75,904 shares of company stock worth $15,242,688 over the last 90 days. Company insiders own 1.40% of the company’s stock.

Several large investors have recently modified their holdings of the company. BNP Paribas Arbitrage SA lifted its position in shares of Becton, Dickinson and by 18.6% in the third quarter. BNP Paribas Arbitrage SA now owns 159,716 shares of the medical instruments supplier’s stock valued at $29,911,000 after acquiring an additional 25,088 shares in the last quarter. Suffolk Capital Management LLC purchased a new stake in shares of Becton, Dickinson and in the third quarter valued at $10,116,000. FDx Advisors Inc. lifted its position in Becton, Dickinson and by 2.0% during the third quarter. FDx Advisors Inc. now owns 15,557 shares of the medical instruments supplier’s stock worth $3,048,000 after buying an additional 306 shares during the period. Global X MANAGEMENT CO LLC lifted its position in Becton, Dickinson and by 9.8% during the third quarter. Global X MANAGEMENT CO LLC now owns 4,175 shares of the medical instruments supplier’s stock worth $818,000 after buying an additional 371 shares during the period. Finally, Bessemer Group Inc. lifted its position in Becton, Dickinson and by 0.9% during the third quarter. Bessemer Group Inc. now owns 987,226 shares of the medical instruments supplier’s stock worth $193,447,000 after buying an additional 9,176 shares during the period. Institutional investors and hedge funds own 86.70% of the company’s stock.

About Becton, Dickinson and

Becton, Dickinson and Company (BD) is a global medical technology company engaged in the development, manufacture and sale of a range of medical supplies, devices, laboratory equipment and diagnostic products. The Company operates through two segments: BD Medical and BD Life Sciences. The BD Medical segment produces an array of medical technologies and devices that are used to help improve healthcare delivery in a range of settings.

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