Nomura Holdings Inc. decreased its position in Becton Dickinson and Co. (NYSE:BDX) by 8.0% during the second quarter, Holdings Channel reports. The fund owned 19,565 shares of the company’s stock after selling 1,697 shares during the period. Nomura Holdings Inc.’s holdings in Becton Dickinson and were worth $3,317,000 at the end of the most recent reporting period.

Several other hedge funds have also recently added to or reduced their stakes in the company. Osborn Rohs Williams & Donohoe Ltd purchased a new stake in Becton Dickinson and during the first quarter worth $256,000. Eastern Bank raised its position in shares of Becton Dickinson and by 17.0% in the first quarter. Eastern Bank now owns 94,842 shares of the company’s stock valued at $14,398,000 after buying an additional 13,754 shares in the last quarter. Campbell Newman Asset Management Inc. raised its position in shares of Becton Dickinson and by 4.9% in the first quarter. Campbell Newman Asset Management Inc. now owns 114,460 shares of the company’s stock valued at $17,377,000 after buying an additional 5,320 shares in the last quarter. Iberiabank Corp raised its position in shares of Becton Dickinson and by 40.4% in the first quarter. Iberiabank Corp now owns 6,195 shares of the company’s stock valued at $941,000 after buying an additional 1,782 shares in the last quarter. Finally, BLB&B Advisors LLC raised its position in shares of Becton Dickinson and by 0.5% in the first quarter. BLB&B Advisors LLC now owns 3,499 shares of the company’s stock valued at $531,000 after buying an additional 16 shares in the last quarter. Hedge funds and other institutional investors own 81.96% of the company’s stock.

Shares of Becton Dickinson and Co. (NYSE:BDX) opened at 175.89 on Wednesday. The firm has a 50-day moving average price of $174.87 and a 200-day moving average price of $166.42. The firm has a market cap of $37.45 billion, a P/E ratio of 33.57 and a beta of 0.97. Becton Dickinson and Co. has a 12-month low of $128.87 and a 12-month high of $178.79.

Becton Dickinson and (NYSE:BDX) last posted its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, August 4th. The company reported $2.35 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, topping the consensus estimate of $2.21 by $0.14. Becton Dickinson and had a return on equity of 24.26% and a net margin of 9.24%. The company had revenue of $3.20 billion for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $3.21 billion. During the same period in the previous year, the business earned $2.05 EPS. Becton Dickinson and’s revenue for the quarter was up 2.5% compared to the same quarter last year. On average, equities research analysts expect that Becton Dickinson and Co. will post $8.57 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

The firm also recently disclosed 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 of this dividend is Wednesday, September 7th. This represents a $2.64 annualized dividend and a yield of 1.50%. Becton Dickinson and’s dividend payout ratio is presently 50.19%.

Several equities analysts have commented on BDX shares. Evercore ISI lowered shares of Becton Dickinson and from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Wednesday, June 1st. 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 Tuesday, July 12th. Zacks Investment Research lowered shares of Becton Dickinson and from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Wednesday, July 13th. Finally, Jefferies Group increased their price target on shares of Becton Dickinson and from $190.00 to $192.00 and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research note on Thursday, July 28th. Eight research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating, eight have issued a buy rating and two have assigned a strong buy rating to the company. The company presently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and a consensus price target of $169.46.

In other news, insider Gary M. Cohen sold 29,367 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Thursday, August 11th. The stock was sold at an average price of $176.81, for a total value of $5,192,379.27. Following the completion of the sale, the insider now directly owns 125,870 shares in the company, valued at approximately $22,255,074.70. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available through this hyperlink. Also, insider Linda M. Tharby sold 11,704 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Tuesday, September 6th. The shares were sold at an average price of $177.27, for a total value of $2,074,768.08. Following the completion of the sale, the insider now owns 22,146 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $3,925,821.42. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Company insiders own 1.60% of the company’s stock.

About Becton Dickinson and

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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