Investors sold shares of Becton Dickinson and Co. (NYSE:BDX) on strength during trading hours on Friday. $23.03 million flowed into the stock on the tick-up and $58.95 million flowed out of the stock on the tick-down, for a money net flow of $35.92 million out of the stock. Of all equities tracked, Becton Dickinson and had the 0th highest net out-flow for the day. Becton Dickinson and traded up $0.04 for the day and closed at $176.00

Several brokerages recently weighed in on BDX. Leerink Swann reaffirmed a “hold” rating on shares of Becton Dickinson and in a report on Sunday, May 8th. Morgan Stanley reiterated a “hold” rating on shares of Becton Dickinson and in a research note on Sunday, May 8th. Argus reiterated a “buy” rating on shares of Becton Dickinson and in a research note on Sunday, June 12th. Bank of America Corp. reiterated a “buy” rating on shares of Becton Dickinson and in a research note on Thursday, May 12th. Finally, Zacks Investment Research cut shares of Becton Dickinson and from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Tuesday, May 3rd. Eight investment analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating, seven have given a buy rating and two have given a strong buy rating to the company’s stock. Becton Dickinson and currently has an average rating of “Buy” and a consensus target price of $169.50.

The company has a market cap of $37.35 billion and a price-to-earnings ratio of 47.05. The company has a 50-day moving average price of $171.63 and a 200 day moving average price of $158.11.

Becton Dickinson and (NYSE:BDX) last announced its earnings results on Thursday, May 5th. The company reported $2.18 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $2.02 by $0.16. The company earned $3.07 billion during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $3.07 billion. The firm’s revenue for the quarter was up 49.5% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same quarter last year, the business earned $1.61 EPS. Analysts anticipate that Becton Dickinson and Co. will post $8.56 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

The business also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, September 30th. Stockholders of record on Friday, September 9th will be given a $0.66 dividend. The ex-dividend date is Wednesday, September 7th. This represents a $2.64 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 1.50%.

In other news, EVP James C. Lim sold 5,257 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction dated Monday, May 9th. The shares were sold at an average price of $165.60, for a total value of $870,559.20. Following the transaction, the executive vice president now directly owns 12,556 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $2,079,273.60. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is accessible through this link. Also, 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 transaction of $493,666.88. Following the completion of the transaction, the senior vice president now directly owns 7,218 shares in the company, valued at $1,180,287.36. The disclosure for this sale can be found here.

Several institutional investors have bought and sold shares of BDX. Turner Investments L.P. acquired a new position in Becton Dickinson and during the fourth quarter valued at $1,109,000. Alley Co LLC increased its position in Becton Dickinson and by 5.3% in the fourth quarter. Alley Co LLC now owns 9,505 shares of the company’s stock valued at $1,465,000 after buying an additional 478 shares in the last quarter. Victory Capital Management Inc. increased its position in Becton Dickinson and by 42.1% in the fourth quarter. Victory Capital Management Inc. now owns 10,162 shares of the company’s stock valued at $1,566,000 after buying an additional 3,009 shares in the last quarter. Cambridge Investment Research Advisors Inc. acquired a new position in Becton Dickinson and during the fourth quarter valued at $1,636,000. Finally, Stephens Inc. AR increased its position in Becton Dickinson and by 238.5% in the fourth quarter. Stephens Inc. AR now owns 12,362 shares of the company’s stock valued at $1,905,000 after buying an additional 8,710 shares in the last quarter.

Becton, Dickinson and Company (BD) is a global medical technology company engaged in the development, manufacture and sale of a range of medical devices, instrument systems and reagents used by healthcare institutions, life science researchers, clinical laboratories, the pharmaceutical industry and the general public.

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