Toth Financial Advisory Corp decreased its position in Becton Dickinson and Co. (NYSE:BDX) by 1.7% during the third quarter, Holdings Channel reports. The firm owned 23,269 shares of the company’s stock after selling 412 shares during the period. Toth Financial Advisory Corp’s holdings in Becton Dickinson and were worth $4,182,000 as of its most recent filing with the SEC.

Several other institutional investors have also recently made changes to their positions in the company. Iowa State Bank purchased a new position in shares of Becton Dickinson and during the second quarter worth $137,000. Fulton Bank N.A. raised its position in shares of Becton Dickinson and by 12.7% in the second quarter. Fulton Bank N.A. now owns 2,943 shares of the company’s stock worth $499,000 after buying an additional 332 shares during the period. Leith Wheeler Investment Counsel Ltd. purchased a new position in shares of Becton Dickinson and during the second quarter worth $401,000. Integrated Investment Consultants LLC raised its position in shares of Becton Dickinson and by 1.0% in the second quarter. Integrated Investment Consultants LLC now owns 1,627 shares of the company’s stock worth $276,000 after buying an additional 16 shares during the period. Finally, British Columbia Investment Management Corp raised its position in shares of Becton Dickinson and by 10.6% in the second quarter. British Columbia Investment Management Corp now owns 120,844 shares of the company’s stock worth $20,494,000 after buying an additional 11,582 shares during the period. Institutional investors own 81.35% of the company’s stock.

Institutional Ownership by Quarter for Becton Dickinson and (NYSE:BDX)

Shares of Becton Dickinson and Co. (NYSE:BDX) traded down 2.10% on Wednesday, reaching $169.10. The company’s stock had a trading volume of 1,352,491 shares. The stock has a 50 day moving average of $171.22 and a 200-day moving average of $172.49. Becton Dickinson and Co. has a 12 month low of $129.50 and a 12 month high of $181.76. The firm has a market cap of $35.90 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 37.66 and a beta of 1.04.

Becton Dickinson and (NYSE:BDX) last posted its earnings results on Thursday, November 3rd. The company reported $2.12 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, topping the consensus estimate of $2.09 by $0.03. The firm had revenue of $3.23 billion for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $3.22 billion. Becton Dickinson and had a return on equity of 24.45% and a net margin of 7.82%. The business’s quarterly revenue was up 5.6% on a year-over-year basis. During the same quarter in the prior year, the business posted $1.94 earnings per share. On average, analysts anticipate that Becton Dickinson and Co. will post $9.52 EPS for the current year.

The business also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, December 30th. Shareholders of record on Friday, December 9th will be given a dividend of $0.73 per share. The ex-dividend date is Wednesday, December 7th. This represents a $2.92 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 1.73%. This is an increase from Becton Dickinson and’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.66. Becton Dickinson and’s dividend payout ratio is currently 58.54%.

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A number of equities analysts have commented on BDX shares. Jefferies Group restated a “buy” rating on shares of Becton Dickinson and in a research note on Friday, August 5th. Leerink Swann restated a “hold” rating on shares of Becton Dickinson and in a research note on Tuesday, August 9th. Cowen and Company restated an “outperform” rating and set a $185.00 price objective on shares of Becton Dickinson and in a research note on Tuesday, August 16th. Citigroup Inc. lowered Becton Dickinson and from a “neutral” rating to a “sell” rating and lowered their price objective for the stock from $167.00 to $165.00 in a research note on Friday, September 23rd. Finally, Argus restated a “buy” rating and set a $185.00 price objective on shares of Becton Dickinson and in a research note on Friday, October 21st. One research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, six have assigned a hold rating, seven have issued a buy rating and two have given a strong buy rating to the stock. The stock currently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and a consensus price target of $175.65.

In other Becton Dickinson and news, insider Stephen Sichak sold 10,352 shares of the stock in a transaction on Friday, November 4th. The stock was sold at an average price of $176.10, for a total transaction of $1,822,987.20. Following the sale, the insider now owns 26,892 shares in the company, valued at $4,735,681.20. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which is available at this hyperlink. Also, insider Linda M. Tharby sold 11,704 shares of the stock in a transaction on Tuesday, September 6th. The stock was sold at an average price of $177.27, for a total value of $2,074,768.08. Following the sale, the insider now owns 22,146 shares in the company, valued at approximately $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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