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How to buy Becton Dickinson and Company stock | $237.38

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Becton, Dickinson and Company is a medical instruments & supplies business based in the US. Becton Dickinson and Company shares (BDX) are listed on the NYSE and all prices are listed in US Dollars. Becton Dickinson and Company employs 65,000 staff and has a trailing 12-month revenue of around USD$16.9 billion.

How to buy shares in Becton Dickinson and Company

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  2. Open and fund your brokerage account. Complete an application with your personal and financial details, like your ID and bank information. Fund your account with a bank transfer, credit card or debit card.
  3. Search for Becton Dickinson and Company. Find the stock by name or ticker symbol: BDX. Research its history to confirm it's a solid investment against your financial goals.
  4. Purchase now or later. Buy today with a market order or use a limit order to delay your purchase until Becton Dickinson and Company reaches your desired price. To spread out your purchase, look into dollar-cost averaging, which smooths out buying at consistent intervals and amounts.
  5. Decide on how many to buy. At last close price of USD$237.38, weigh your budget against a diversified portfolio that can minimize risk through the market's ups and downs. You may be able to buy a fractional share of Becton Dickinson and Company, depending on your broker.
  6. Check in on your investment. Congratulations, you own a part of Becton Dickinson and Company. Optimize your portfolio by tracking how your stock — and even the business — performs with an eye on the long term. You may be eligible for dividends and shareholder voting rights on directors and management that can affect your stock.

Becton Dickinson and Company share price

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Becton Dickinson and Company shares at a glance

Information last updated 2020-10-20.
Latest market close USD$237.38
52-week range USD$197.75 - USD$286.72
50-day moving average USD$233.0843
200-day moving average USD$248.4704
Wall St. target price USD$275.31
PE ratio 83.742
Dividend yield USD$3.16 (1.33%)
Earnings per share (TTM) USD$2.835

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Becton Dickinson and Company price performance over time

Historical closes compared with the close of $237.38 from 2020-10-19

1 week (2020-11-25) 4.36%
1 month (2020-11-06) 0.32%
3 months (2020-09-04) 1.41%
6 months (2020-06-05) -1.91%
1 year (2019-12-06) -8.94%
2 years (2018-12-06) -1.60%
3 years (2017-12-06) 8.43%
5 years (2015-12-04) 53.34%

Is Becton Dickinson and Company under- or over-valued?

Valuing Becton Dickinson and Company stock is incredibly difficult, and any metric has to be viewed as part of a bigger picture of Becton Dickinson and Company's overall performance. However, analysts commonly use some key metrics to help gauge the value of a stock.

Becton Dickinson and Company's P/E ratio

Becton Dickinson and Company's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 84x. In other words, Becton Dickinson and Company shares trade at around 84x recent earnings.

That's relatively high compared to, say, the trailing 12-month P/E ratio for the NASDAQ 100 at the end of 2019 (27.29). The high P/E ratio could mean that investors are optimistic about the outlook for the shares or simply that they're over-valued.

Becton Dickinson and Company's PEG ratio

Becton Dickinson and Company's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 2.5568. A low ratio can be interpreted as meaning the shares offer better value, while a higher ratio can be interpreted as meaning the shares offer worse value.

The PEG ratio provides a broader view than just the P/E ratio, as it gives more insight into Becton Dickinson and Company's future profitability. By accounting for growth, it could also help you if you're comparing the share prices of multiple high-growth companies.

Becton Dickinson and Company's EBITDA

Becton Dickinson and Company's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is USD$4.6 billion.

The EBITDA is a measure of a Becton Dickinson and Company's overall financial performance and is widely used to measure a its profitability.

Becton Dickinson and Company financials

Revenue TTM USD$16.9 billion
Operating margin TTM 14.28%
Gross profit TTM USD$8.3 billion
Return on assets TTM 2.84%
Return on equity TTM 3.99%
Profit margin 5.37%
Book value $82.865
Market capitalisation USD$68.8 billion

TTM: trailing 12 months

Shorting Becton Dickinson and Company shares

There are currently 1.8 million Becton Dickinson and Company shares held short by investors – that's known as Becton Dickinson and Company's "short interest". This figure is 32.6% down from 2.6 million last month.

There are a few different ways that this level of interest in shorting Becton Dickinson and Company shares can be evaluated.

Becton Dickinson and Company's "short interest ratio" (SIR)

Becton Dickinson and Company's "short interest ratio" (SIR) is the quantity of Becton Dickinson and Company shares currently shorted divided by the average quantity of Becton Dickinson and Company shares traded daily (recently around 1.7 million). Becton Dickinson and Company's SIR currently stands at 1.02. In other words for every 100,000 Becton Dickinson and Company shares traded daily on the market, roughly 1020 shares are currently held short.

However Becton Dickinson and Company's short interest can also be evaluated against the total number of Becton Dickinson and Company shares, or, against the total number of tradable Becton Dickinson and Company shares (the shares that aren't held by "insiders" or major long-term shareholders – also known as the "float"). In this case Becton Dickinson and Company's short interest could be expressed as 0.01% of the outstanding shares (for every 100,000 Becton Dickinson and Company shares in existence, roughly 10 shares are currently held short) or 0.007% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable Becton Dickinson and Company shares, roughly 7 shares are currently held short).

Such a low SIR usually points to an optimistic outlook for the share price, with fewer people currently willing to bet against Becton Dickinson and Company.

Find out more about how you can short Becton Dickinson and Company stock.

Becton Dickinson and Company's environmental, social and governance track record

Environmental, social and governance (known as ESG) criteria are a set of three factors used to measure the sustainability and social impact of companies like Becton Dickinson and Company.

When it comes to ESG scores, lower is better, and lower scores are generally associated with lower risk for would-be investors.

Becton Dickinson and Company's total ESG risk score

Total ESG risk: 33.76

Socially conscious investors use ESG scores to screen how an investment aligns with their worldview, and Becton Dickinson and Company's overall score of 33.76 (as at 10/01/2020) is pretty weak – landing it in it in the 65th percentile of companies rated in the same sector.

ESG scores are increasingly used to estimate the level of risk a company like Becton Dickinson and Company is exposed to within the areas of "environmental" (carbon footprint, resource use etc.), "social" (health and safety, human rights etc.), and "governance" (anti-corruption, tax transparency etc.).

Becton Dickinson and Company's environmental score

Environmental score: 4.87/100

Becton Dickinson and Company's environmental score of 4.87 puts it squarely in the 5th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that Becton Dickinson and Company is a leader in its sector terms of its environmental impact, and exposed to a lower level of risk.

Becton Dickinson and Company's social score

Social score: 20.06/100

Becton Dickinson and Company's social score of 20.06 puts it squarely in the 5th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that Becton Dickinson and Company is a leader in its sector when it comes to taking good care of its workforce and the communities it impacts.

Becton Dickinson and Company's governance score

Governance score: 13.83/100

Becton Dickinson and Company's governance score puts it squarely in the 5th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. That could suggest that Becton Dickinson and Company is a leader in its sector when it comes to responsible management and strategy, and exposed to a lower level of risk.

Becton Dickinson and Company's controversy score

Controversy score: 3/5

ESG scores also evaluate any incidences of controversy that a company has been involved in. Becton Dickinson and Company scored a 3 out of 5 for controversy – a middle-of-the-table result reflecting that Becton Dickinson and Company hasn't always managed to keep its nose clean.

Environmental, social, and governance (ESG) summary

Becton, Dickinson and Company was last rated for ESG on: 2020-10-01.

Total ESG score 33.76
Total ESG percentile 65.34
Environmental score 4.87
Environmental score percentile 5
Social score 20.06
Social score percentile 5
Governance score 13.83
Governance score percentile 5
Level of controversy 3

Becton Dickinson and Company share dividends

30%

Dividend payout ratio: 29.51% of net profits

Recently Becton Dickinson and Company has paid out, on average, around 29.51% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 1.33% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), Becton Dickinson and Company shareholders could enjoy a 1.33% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In Becton Dickinson and Company's case, that would currently equate to about $3.16 per share.

While Becton Dickinson and Company's payout ratio might seem fairly standard, it's worth remembering that Becton Dickinson and Company may be investing much of the rest of its net profits in future growth.

Becton Dickinson and Company's most recent dividend payout was on 30 September 2020. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 8 September 2020 (the "ex-dividend date").

Have Becton Dickinson and Company's shares ever split?

Becton Dickinson and Company's shares were split on a 2:1 basis on 21 August 1998. So if you had owned 1 share the day before before the split, the next day you'd have owned 2 shares. This wouldn't directly have changed the overall worth of your Becton Dickinson and Company shares – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 50% lower share price could have impacted the market appetite for Becton Dickinson and Company shares which in turn could have impacted Becton Dickinson and Company's share price.

Becton Dickinson and Company share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, Becton Dickinson and Company's shares have ranged in value from as little as $197.75 up to $286.72. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

BDX.US volatility(beta: 0.85)Avg. volatility(beta: 1.00)LowHigh

Beta is a measure of a share's volatility in relation to the market. The market (NYSE average) beta is 1, while Becton Dickinson and Company's is 0.8467. This would suggest that Becton Dickinson and Company's shares are less volatile than average (for this exchange).

Becton Dickinson and Company overview

Becton, Dickinson and Company develops, manufactures, and sells medical supplies, devices, laboratory equipment, and diagnostic products worldwide. The company's BD Medical segment offers peripheral IV and advanced peripheral catheters, central lines, acute dialysis catheters, vascular care and preparation products, needle-free IV connectors and extensions sets, IV fluids, closed-system drug transfer devices, hazardous drug detection, hypodermic syringes and needles, anesthesia needles and trays, enteral syringes, sharps disposal systems; infusion pumps and dedicated disposables, medication compounding workflow systems, automated medication dispensing, automated supply management systems, medication inventory optimization and tracking systems; syringes, pen needles, and other products for diabetes care; and prefillable drug delivery systems. Its BD Life Sciences segment provides specimen and blood collection products and systems; automated blood and tuberculosis culturing, molecular testing, microorganism identification and drug susceptibility, and liquid-based cytology systems, as well as rapid diagnostic assays, microbiology laboratory automation products, and plated media products; and fluorescence-activated cell sorters and analyzers, antibodies and kits, reagent systems, and solutions for high-throughput single-cell gene expression analysis, as well as clinical oncology, immunological, and transplantation diagnostic/monitoring reagents and analyzers. The company's BD Interventional segment offers hernia and soft tissue repair, biological and bioresorbable grafts, biosurgery, and other surgical products; surgical infection prevention, surgical and laparoscopic instrumentation products; peripheral intervention products; and urology and critical care products. It has a strategic partnership with the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority to develop new manufacturing lines for injection devices. Becton, Dickinson and Company was founded in 1897 and is based in Franklin Lakes, New Jersey.

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