Becton Dickinson and Co. (NYSE:BDX) reached a new 52-week high during trading on Thursday . The company traded as high as $177.41 and last traded at $176.20, with a volume of 227,817 shares trading hands. The stock had previously closed at $175.94.

Several equities research analysts recently commented on BDX shares. Jefferies Group restated a “buy” rating and set a $175.00 target price on shares of Becton Dickinson and in a research report on Wednesday, March 16th. Zacks Investment Research upgraded Becton Dickinson and from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $177.00 target price on the stock in a research report on Friday, April 15th. Bank of America Corp. restated a “buy” rating on shares of Becton Dickinson and in a research report on Tuesday. Evercore ISI restated a “hold” rating and set a $165.00 target price (up previously from $154.00) on shares of Becton Dickinson and in a research report on Saturday, May 7th. Finally, Royal Bank Of Canada upped their target price on Becton Dickinson and from $153.00 to $169.00 and gave the company a “sector perform” rating in a research report on Monday, May 9th. Eight investment analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating, seven have assigned a buy rating and two have assigned a strong buy rating to the company’s stock. The company currently has an average rating of “Buy” and a consensus price target of $168.37.

The company has a 50 day moving average of $169.40 and a 200 day moving average of $155.99. The company has a market capitalization of $37.45 billion and a PE ratio of 47.18.

Becton Dickinson and (NYSE:BDX) last released its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, May 5th. The company reported $2.18 EPS for the quarter, topping the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $2.02 by $0.16. During the same quarter in the prior year, the firm posted $1.61 EPS. The company earned $3.07 billion during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $3.07 billion. The firm’s quarterly revenue was up 49.5% on a year-over-year basis. On average, analysts predict that Becton Dickinson and Co. will post $8.56 EPS for the current year.

The firm also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Thursday, June 30th. Investors of record on Thursday, June 9th were paid a $0.66 dividend. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Tuesday, June 7th. This represents a $2.64 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 1.50%.

In related news, SVP Ellen R. Strahlman sold 3,019 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction dated Friday, May 6th. The stock was sold at an average price of $163.52, for a total value of $493,666.88. Following the sale, the senior vice president now directly owns 7,218 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $1,180,287.36. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through the SEC website. Also, VP John E. Gallagher sold 1,931 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction dated Monday, June 13th. The stock was sold at an average price of $169.87, for a total value of $328,018.97. Following the completion of the sale, the vice president now directly owns 6,758 shares in the company, valued at $1,147,981.46. The disclosure for this sale can be found here.

Several hedge funds have bought and sold shares of BDX. Toronto Dominion Bank boosted its stake in Becton Dickinson and by 0.4% in the fourth quarter. Toronto Dominion Bank now owns 20,308 shares of the company’s stock valued at $3,137,000 after buying an additional 90 shares during the last quarter. Mutual of America Capital Management LLC boosted its stake in Becton Dickinson and by 0.5% in the fourth quarter. Mutual of America Capital Management LLC now owns 23,498 shares of the company’s stock valued at $3,621,000 after buying an additional 122 shares during the last quarter. Clifford Swan Investment Counsel LLC boosted its stake in Becton Dickinson and by 1.3% in the fourth quarter. Clifford Swan Investment Counsel LLC now owns 13,256 shares of the company’s stock valued at $2,043,000 after buying an additional 175 shares during the last quarter. BOKF NA boosted its stake in Becton Dickinson and by 0.9% in the fourth quarter. BOKF NA now owns 21,735 shares of the company’s stock valued at $3,349,000 after buying an additional 197 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Public School Empls Retrmt SYS boosted its stake in Becton Dickinson and by 1.9% in the fourth quarter. Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Public School Empls Retrmt SYS now owns 13,769 shares of the company’s stock valued at $2,122,000 after buying an additional 260 shares during the last quarter.

Becton, Dickinson and Company 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 used by healthcare institutions, life science researchers, clinical laboratories, pharmaceutical industry and the general public.

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