SFE Investment Counsel lessened its holdings in Becton Dickinson and Co (NYSE:BDX) by 2.7% during the fourth quarter, HoldingsChannel.com reports. The firm owned 26,658 shares of the medical instruments supplier’s stock after selling 747 shares during the quarter. Becton Dickinson and accounts for 2.3% of SFE Investment Counsel’s investment portfolio, making the stock its 13th largest holding. SFE Investment Counsel’s holdings in Becton Dickinson and were worth $5,706,000 as of its most recent SEC filing.

A number of other large investors have also modified their holdings of the stock. Westwood Holdings Group Inc. increased its position in shares of Becton Dickinson and by 24.2% in the second quarter. Westwood Holdings Group Inc. now owns 1,056,487 shares of the medical instruments supplier’s stock valued at $206,136,000 after acquiring an additional 205,721 shares during the period. Colony Group LLC increased its position in shares of Becton Dickinson and by 2.1% in the second quarter. Colony Group LLC now owns 11,889 shares of the medical instruments supplier’s stock valued at $2,320,000 after acquiring an additional 239 shares during the period. State Street Corp increased its position in shares of Becton Dickinson and by 3.5% in the second quarter. State Street Corp now owns 10,270,221 shares of the medical instruments supplier’s stock valued at $2,003,834,000 after acquiring an additional 342,873 shares during the period. Peapack Gladstone Financial Corp increased its position in shares of Becton Dickinson and by 1.3% in the second quarter. Peapack Gladstone Financial Corp now owns 36,472 shares of the medical instruments supplier’s stock valued at $7,116,000 after acquiring an additional 453 shares during the period. Finally, Zions Bancorporation increased its position in shares of Becton Dickinson and by 23.7% in the third quarter. Zions Bancorporation now owns 10,718 shares of the medical instruments supplier’s stock valued at $2,100,000 after acquiring an additional 2,050 shares during the period. Institutional investors own 75.68% of the company’s stock.

BDX has been the topic of a number of analyst reports. Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of Becton Dickinson and from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $240.00 price objective on the stock in a research report on Wednesday, January 3rd. Deutsche Bank set a $260.00 price objective on shares of Becton Dickinson and and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research report on Friday, December 29th. Argus boosted their price objective on shares of Becton Dickinson and to $235.00 and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research report on Thursday, December 14th. They noted that the move was a valuation call. Stifel Nicolaus restated a “buy” rating and issued a $245.00 price objective on shares of Becton Dickinson and in a research report on Friday, November 3rd. Finally, Bank of America restated a “buy” rating and issued a $260.00 price objective on shares of Becton Dickinson and in a research report on Friday, January 19th. Four analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating, twelve have issued a buy rating and one has issued a strong buy rating to the stock. The stock presently has an average rating of “Buy” and a consensus target price of $237.27.

Shares of Becton Dickinson and Co (NYSE BDX) opened at $217.14 on Friday. The firm has a market cap of $51,160.00, a PE ratio of 165.76, a PEG ratio of 1.45 and a beta of 1.12. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.04, a quick ratio of 5.03 and a current ratio of 1.54. Becton Dickinson and Co has a 52 week low of $175.66 and a 52 week high of $248.39.

Becton Dickinson and (NYSE:BDX) last announced its earnings results on Tuesday, February 6th. The medical instruments supplier reported $2.48 earnings per share for the quarter, beating analysts’ consensus estimates of $2.41 by $0.07. The firm had revenue of $3.08 billion for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $3.05 billion. Becton Dickinson and had a net margin of 2.71% and a return on equity of 16.19%. The company’s revenue for the quarter was up 5.4% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same quarter in the previous year, the firm posted $2.33 EPS. sell-side analysts forecast that Becton Dickinson and Co will post 10.95 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

The business also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, March 30th. Stockholders of record on Friday, March 9th will be paid a dividend of $0.75 per share. This represents a $3.00 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 1.38%. The ex-dividend date is Thursday, March 8th. Becton Dickinson and’s payout ratio is 229.01%.

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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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