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.

BDX was given price targets by several analysts. The highest price target was 230, which equates to a potential upside of 14.05 percent. The most pessimistic analyst gave a price target of 190, implying potential capital losses of -5.79 percent. Some investors take price targets and stock ratings with a grain of salt, knowing that some analysts can have indirect business with the stocks they cover.

Over the past month, analysts have revised their estimates for this quarter's earnings, with a net average change of 0 percent. That number becomes -1.21 percent if we expand the time horizon to include the past 3 months instead of just one. Meanwhile, fiscal year estimates have been revised upwards by 0.11 percent, compared to last month. If we look at the last 90 days instead, we find a net average change of 0.11 percent in FY estimates.

Investors like to see analysts making revisions in the same direction, as that raises confidence in the revisions. Over the past month, 4 analysts increased their quarterly estimates, while 0 analysts made negative revisions. During this time, 5 analysts made positive revisions in their estimates for this fiscal year's earnings, while 0 analysts decreased their estimates.

BDX has an estimated earnings growth rate of 55.57 percent as forecasted by analysts. Another measure frequently examined by investors is the PEG ratio. A lower PEG ratio is favorable, because people typically see that as an indicator of higher growth relative to stock price. Wall Street investors typically prefer a PEG ratio to be smaller than 1, but many choose to perform ratio comparisons with other companies in the industry. BDX has a PEG ratio of 0.6.

BDX has a 52-week high of 206.63 and a 52-week low of 161.29. The current market price is above the trailing year's low by 25.04 percent, and 2.4 percent below the high. 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 market cap of BDX is $46.09 billion. BDX will post this quarters earnings in days, on 0000-00-00.