Becton, Dickinson and Company (NYSE:BDX) issued an update on its FY18 earnings guidance on Thursday morning. The company provided earnings per share guidance of 10.55-10.65 for the period, compared to the Thomson Reuters consensus earnings per share estimate of $10.41.

Shares of Becton, Dickinson and Company (NYSE BDX) opened at $224.41 on Friday. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.48, a current ratio of 5.56 and a quick ratio of 5.01. The company has a market cap of $50.98 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 23.61, a P/E/G ratio of 1.77 and a beta of 1.04.

Becton, Dickinson and (NYSE:BDX) last released its earnings results on Thursday, November 2nd. The medical instruments supplier reported $2.40 EPS for the quarter, topping analysts’ consensus estimates 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 company had revenue of $3.17 billion for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $3.14 billion. During the same quarter last year, the business posted $2.12 EPS. Becton, Dickinson and’s quarterly revenue was down 2.0% compared to the same quarter last year. research analysts forecast that Becton, Dickinson and Company will post 10.65 earnings per share for the current year.

A number of research analysts have commented on the company. Barclays PLC reaffirmed an equal weight rating and set a $210.00 target price (up previously from $205.00) on shares of Becton, Dickinson and in a report on Thursday, August 10th. Royal Bank Of Canada reaffirmed a sector perform rating and set a $230.00 target price (up previously from $210.00) on shares of Becton, Dickinson and in a report on Friday. Morgan Stanley increased their target price on Becton, Dickinson and from $205.00 to $245.00 and gave the stock an equal weight rating in a report on Friday. Stifel Nicolaus reaffirmed a buy rating and set a $245.00 target price on shares of Becton, Dickinson and in a report on Friday. Finally, BidaskClub downgraded Becton, Dickinson and from a strong-buy rating to a buy rating in a report on Monday, July 31st. Five equities research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating, eleven have assigned a buy rating and one has given a strong buy rating to the company. The company presently has a consensus rating of Buy and an average price target of $211.94.

In other Becton, Dickinson and news, insider Gary M. Cohen sold 15,044 shares of Becton, Dickinson and stock in a transaction on Tuesday, August 22nd. The stock was sold at an average price of $200.43, for a total transaction of $3,015,268.92. Following the sale, the insider now owns 95,270 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $19,094,966.10. 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 Becton, Dickinson and 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 sale, the insider now directly owns 26,638 shares in the company, valued at approximately $5,279,917.98. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. In the last three months, insiders sold 75,904 shares of company stock worth $15,242,688. Company insiders own 1.40% of the company’s stock.

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Becton, Dickinson and Company Profile

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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