How to buy Becton Dickinson (BDX) shares in the UK

Learn how to easily invest in Becton Dickinson shares.

Becton Dickinson and Company
- $0.72 ( - 0.27%)

Becton Dickinson and Company (BDX) is a leading medical instruments and supplies business based in the US. It opened the day at $262 after a previous close of $262.67. During the day the price has varied from a low of $260.43 to a high of $262.9. The latest price was $261.95 (25 minute delay). Becton Dickinson is listed on the NYSE and employs 72,000 staff. All prices are listed in US Dollars.

How to buy shares in Becton Dickinson

  1. Choose a platform. If you're a beginner, our share-dealing table below can help you choose.
  2. Open your account. You'll need your ID, bank details and national insurance number.
  3. Confirm your payment details. You'll need to fund your account with a bank transfer, debit card or credit card.
  4. Search the platform for stock code: BDX in this case.
  5. Research Becton Dickinson shares. The platform should provide the latest information available.
  6. Buy your Becton Dickinson shares. It's that simple.
The whole process can take as little as 15 minutes.

How has coronavirus impacted Becton Dickinson's share price?

Since the stock market crash that started in February 2020, Becton Dickinson's share price has had significant positive movement.

Its last market close was $261.95, which is 1.76% up on its pre-crash value of $257.35 and 32.47% up on the lowest point reached during the March 2020 crash when the shares fell as low as $197.75.

If you had bought $1,000 worth of Becton Dickinson shares at the start of February 2020, those shares would have been worth $718.08 at the bottom of the March crash, and if you held on to them, then as of the last market close they'd be worth $937.78.

Becton Dickinson share price (NYSE:BDX)

Use our graph to track the performance of BDX stocks over time.

Becton Dickinson shares at a glance

Information last updated 2021-09-17.
Previous close$262.67
Change %-0.2741%
Information last updated 2021-09-17.
52-week range$216.5493 - $264.6902
50-day moving average$251.7732
200-day moving average$247.0967
Wall St. target price$267.8
PE ratio41.2987
Dividend yield$3.28 (1.25%)
Earnings per share (TTM)$6.345
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Is it a good time to buy Becton Dickinson stock?

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Becton Dickinson price performance over time

Historical closes compared with the last close of $261.95

1 week (2021-09-09) 0.69%
1 month (2021-08-19) 5.68%
3 months (2021-06-18) 8.90%
6 months (2021-03-19) 9.59%
1 year (2020-09-18) 12.96%
2 years (2019-09-19) 2.17%
3 years (2018-09-19) 0.73%
5 years (2016-09-19) 49.12%

Is Becton Dickinson under- or over-valued?

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

P/E ratio

Becton Dickinson's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 41x. In other words, Becton Dickinson shares trade at around 41x 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.

However, Becton Dickinson's P/E ratio is best considered in relation to those of others within the medical instruments & supplies industry or those of similar companies.

PEG ratio

Becton Dickinson's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 1.8609. A PEG ratio over 1 can be interpreted as meaning shares are overvalued at the current rate of growth, or may anticipate an acceleration in growth.

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

However, it's sensible to consider Becton Dickinson's PEG ratio in relation to those of similar companies.


Becton Dickinson's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is a whopping $5.9 billion (£4.3 billion).

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

To put that into context you can compare it against similar companies.


Revenue TTM $19.9 billion
Operating margin TTM 18.42%
Gross profit TTM $7.9 billion
Return on assets TTM 4.23%
Return on equity TTM 8.12%
Profit margin 9.83%
Book value $84.031
Market capitalisation $75.3 billion

TTM: trailing 12 months

How to short and sell Becton Dickinson shares

  1. Create a CFD or spread betting account.
  2. Search for the stock code. E.g. "BDX.US"
  3. Choose your position size.
  4. Select "sell" rather than "buy".
  5. Confirm your position and keep tabs on it. You may wish to set limits on your position.

There are currently 3.7 million Becton Dickinson shares held short by investors – that's known as the "short interest". This figure is 43.7% up from 2.6 million last month.

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

Short interest ratio (SIR)

Becton Dickinson's "short interest ratio" (SIR) is the quantity of Becton Dickinson shares currently shorted divided by the average quantity of Becton Dickinson shares traded daily (recently around 1.4 million). Becton Dickinson's SIR currently stands at 2.64. In other words for every 100,000 Becton Dickinson shares traded daily on the market, roughly 2640 shares are currently held short.

To gain some more context, you can compare Becton Dickinson's short interest ratio against those of similar companies.

However Becton Dickinson's short interest can also be evaluated against the total number of Becton Dickinson shares, or, against the total number of tradable Becton Dickinson shares (the shares that aren't held by "insiders" or major long-term shareholders – also known as the "float"). In this case Becton Dickinson's short interest could be expressed as 0.01% of the outstanding shares (for every 100,000 Becton Dickinson shares in existence, roughly 10 shares are currently held short) or 0.0131% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable Becton Dickinson shares, roughly 13 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.

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

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.

Total ESG risk score

Becton Dickinson's total ESG risk: 33.76

Socially conscious investors use ESG scores to screen how an investment aligns with their worldview, and Becton Dickinson's overall score of 33.76 (as at 12/31/2018) 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 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.).

To gain some more context, you can compare Becton Dickinson's total ESG risk score against those of similar companies.

Environmental score

Becton Dickinson's environmental score: 4.87/100

Becton Dickinson'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 is a leader in its sector terms of its environmental impact, and exposed to a lower level of risk.

Social score

Becton Dickinson's social score: 20.06/100

Becton Dickinson'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 is a leader in its sector when it comes to taking good care of its workforce and the communities it impacts.

Governance score

Becton Dickinson's governance score: 13.83/100

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

Controversy score

Becton Dickinson's controversy score: 3/5

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

Wondering how that compares? Below are the controversy scores of similar companies.

Environmental, social, and governance (ESG) summary

Becton Dickinson and Company was last rated for ESG on: 2019-01-01.

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 share dividends


Dividend yield: 1.25% of stock value


Forward annual dividend yield: 1.26% of stock value


Dividend payout ratio: 25.02% of net profits

Becton Dickinson has recently paid out dividends equivalent to 1.25% of its share value annually.

Becton Dickinson has paid out, on average, around 25.02% of recent net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 1.26% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), shareholders could enjoy a 1.26% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In Becton Dickinson's case, that would currently equate to about $3.28 per share.

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

Becton Dickinson's most recent dividend payout was on 29 September 2021. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 7 September 2021 (the "ex-dividend date").

Becton Dickinson's dividend yield is perhaps best considered in relation to those of similar companies.

Have Becton Dickinson's shares ever split?

Becton Dickinson's shares were split on a 2:1 basis on 20 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 shares – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 50% lower share price could have impacted the market appetite for Becton Dickinson shares which in turn could have impacted Becton Dickinson's share price.

Share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, Becton Dickinson's shares have ranged in value from as little as $216.5493 up to $264.6902. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

BDX.US volatility(beta: 0.77)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's is 0.768. This would suggest that Becton Dickinson's shares are less volatile than average (for this exchange).

To put Becton Dickinson's beta into context you can compare it against those of similar companies.

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