Analyst Ratings for Becton Dickinson & Co. (BDX)

Updated: 2017-07-28

An average rating of Overweight has been given to Becton Dickinson & Co. (NYSE:BDX) by analysts covering the stock. Last month, BDX received an average rating of Overweight.

9 analysts declared BDX a buy, 1 issued an overweight rating, 6 gave a hold rating, 0 issued an underweight rating, and 0 issued a sell rating. Today, there are 1 more analysts optimistic about the company future as compared with 90 days ago. During this time, the number of analysts bearish on the stock has increased by 0.

Several price targets were given for BDX by the analysts covering the stock. The most optimistic price target was 230, implying potential capital gains of 14.05 percent. The minimum price target given was 190, which equates to a potential downside of -5.79 percent. Note that investment analysts can be biased in their reporting on companies's ratings and price targets.

Over the past month, analysts have revised their estimates for this quarter's earnings, with a net average change of 0 percent. This can be compared with the average change in earnings estimates over the past 3 months, which is -1.21 percent. Over the past 30 days, FY earnings estimates have also changed upwards by 0.11 percent. Expanding the time horizon to 3 months, the average change in fiscal year estimates becomes 0.11 percent.

Another thing investors often look at is the level of agreement among analysts' revisions. 4 analysts made positive revisions to their quarterly estimates over the past month, while 0 analysts made negative revisions. Also over the last month, 5 analysts increased their estimates for the FY earnings, while 0 analysts decreased their estimates.

Analysts estimate earnings of BDX to grow at a rate of 55.57 percent. It's possible to gain additional insight about growth valuation of a company by looking at the PEG ratio. A lower PEG ratio is favorable, because people typically see that as an indicator of higher growth relative to stock price. People often look for the PEG ratio to be under 1, though it could be better to see where the ratio stands relative to peers in the industry. The PEG ratio of BDX is 0.6.

In the trailing 52-weeks, BDX hit 206.63 at the highest peak, while it's lowest trading point was 161.29. Today's price is 25.04 percent above the 52-week low, and below the high by 2.4 percent. BDX has a price/earnings ratio of 33.37. Investors typically compare the P/E ratio to a company's peers in the industry. The BDX value stock report compares BDX to some of its peers using value stock charts. The stock has a market capitalization of $46.09 billion. BDX will post this quarters earnings in days, on 0000-00-00.