Traders sold shares of Becton Dickinson and Co. (NYSE:BDX) on strength during trading 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

A number of analysts have recently commented on the company. Leerink Swann restated a “hold” rating on shares of Becton Dickinson and in a report on Sunday, May 8th. Morgan Stanley restated a “hold” rating on shares of Becton Dickinson and in a report on Sunday, May 8th. Argus restated a “buy” rating on shares of Becton Dickinson and in a report on Sunday, June 12th. Bank of America Corp. restated a “buy” rating on shares of Becton Dickinson and in a report on Thursday, May 12th. Finally, Zacks Investment Research lowered Becton Dickinson and from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Tuesday, May 3rd. Eight research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating, seven have assigned a buy rating and two have issued a strong buy rating to the stock. The stock presently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and an average target price of $169.50.

The firm has a market cap of $37.35 billion and a PE ratio of 47.05. The firm 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 issued its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, May 5th. The company reported $2.18 earnings per share for the quarter, topping the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $2.02 by $0.16. The business had revenue of $3.07 billion for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $3.07 billion. The business’s revenue was up 49.5% on a year-over-year basis. During the same quarter in the previous year, the business posted $1.61 earnings per share. On average, analysts forecast that Becton Dickinson and Co. will post $8.56 EPS for the current year.

The firm also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, September 30th. Shareholders of record on Friday, September 9th will be issued a dividend of $0.66 per share. The ex-dividend date is Wednesday, September 7th. This represents a $2.64 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 1.50%.

In other Becton Dickinson and news, SVP Ellen R. Strahlman sold 3,019 shares of the 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 sale, the senior vice president now directly owns 7,218 shares in the company, valued at approximately $1,180,287.36. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which is accessible through this hyperlink. Also, VP Jeffrey S. Sherman sold 34,373 shares of the stock in a transaction dated Tuesday, May 17th. The stock was sold at an average price of $166.27, for a total value of $5,715,198.71. Following the sale, the vice president now owns 49,736 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $8,269,604.72. The disclosure for this sale can be found here.

A number of hedge funds have modified their holdings of BDX. GSA Capital Partners LLP increased its stake in shares of Becton Dickinson and by 126.7% in the fourth quarter. GSA Capital Partners LLP now owns 12,780 shares of the company’s stock worth $1,969,000 after buying an additional 7,143 shares during the last quarter. Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Public School Empls Retrmt SYS increased its stake in shares of 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 worth $2,122,000 after buying an additional 260 shares during the last quarter. Mutual of America Capital Management LLC increased its stake in shares of 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 worth $3,621,000 after buying an additional 122 shares during the last quarter. Aberdeen Asset Management PLC UK increased its stake in shares of Becton Dickinson and by 26.4% in the fourth quarter. Aberdeen Asset Management PLC UK now owns 51,434 shares of the company’s stock worth $7,121,000 after buying an additional 10,744 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Turner Investments L.P. acquired a new stake in shares of Becton Dickinson and during the fourth quarter worth $1,109,000.

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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