Investors bought shares of Becton Dickinson and Co. (NYSE:BDX) on weakness during trading hours on Thursday. $135.62 million flowed into the stock on the tick-up and $120.83 million flowed out of the stock on the tick-down, for a money net flow of $14.79 million into the stock. Of all stocks tracked, Becton Dickinson and had the 15th highest net in-flow for the day. Becton Dickinson and traded down ($4.25) for the day and closed at $171.53

Several analysts have weighed in on BDX shares. Zacks Investment Research cut shares of Becton Dickinson and from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Monday, May 9th. JPMorgan Chase & Co. reaffirmed a “buy” rating on shares of Becton Dickinson and in a research note on Tuesday, May 3rd. Argus reaffirmed a “buy” rating on shares of Becton Dickinson and in a research note on Sunday, June 12th. Evercore ISI reaffirmed a “hold” rating and set a $165.00 price objective (up from $154.00) on shares of Becton Dickinson and in a research note on Saturday, May 7th. Finally, Morgan Stanley reaffirmed a “hold” rating on shares of Becton Dickinson and in a research note on Sunday, May 8th. Eight equities research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating, seven have issued a buy rating and two have assigned a strong buy rating to the company. The company has an average rating of “Buy” and a consensus target price of $169.50.

The stock has a market cap of $36.87 billion and a P/E ratio of 46.44. The firm has a 50 day moving average of $172.59 and a 200-day moving average of $159.14.

Becton Dickinson and (NYSE:BDX) last released its earnings results on Thursday, August 4th. The company reported $2.35 EPS for the quarter, beating the consensus estimate of $2.21 by $0.14. The firm earned $3.20 billion during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $3.21 billion. During the same period in the prior year, the business earned $2.05 earnings per share. Becton Dickinson and’s quarterly revenue was up 2.5% compared to the same quarter last year. Equities research analysts anticipate that Becton Dickinson and Co. will post $8.57 EPS for the current year.

The business also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, September 30th. Investors of record on Friday, September 9th will be issued a dividend of $0.66 per share. This represents a $2.64 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 1.52%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Wednesday, September 7th.

In related news, Director James F. Orr sold 1,368 shares of Becton Dickinson and stock in a transaction that occurred on Tuesday, May 10th. The shares were sold at an average price of $167.66, for a total transaction of $229,358.88. Following the sale, the director now directly owns 23,045 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $3,863,724.70. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available at the SEC website. Also, EVP James C. Lim sold 5,257 shares of Becton Dickinson and stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, May 9th. The shares were sold at an average price of $165.60, for a total transaction of $870,559.20. Following the sale, the executive vice president now directly owns 12,556 shares in the company, valued at $2,079,273.60. The disclosure for this sale can be found here.

Several large investors recently made changes to their positions in the stock. Victory Capital Management Inc. raised its stake in shares of 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 during the period. Stephens Inc. AR raised its stake in shares of 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 during the period. Bronfman E.L. Rothschild L.P. bought a new stake in shares of Becton Dickinson and during the fourth quarter valued at about $2,162,000. Tradition Capital Management LLC raised its stake in shares of Becton Dickinson and by 3.7% in the fourth quarter. Tradition Capital Management LLC now owns 24,118 shares of the company’s stock valued at $3,716,000 after buying an additional 860 shares during the period. Finally, Suntrust Banks Inc. raised its stake in shares of Becton Dickinson and by 41.2% in the fourth quarter. Suntrust Banks Inc. now owns 28,059 shares of the company’s stock valued at $4,321,000 after buying an additional 8,192 shares during the period.

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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