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.

Investment analysts gave a few price targets for BDX. The maximum price target given was 230, implying a possible profit 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.

Analysts have revised their earnings estimates upwards for this quarter, by about 0 percent on average, compared to last month. 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.

People are often interested in whether analysts were united in the direction of their revisions. 4 analysts made positive revisions to their quarterly estimates over the past month, 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 made negative revisions to their fiscal year's estimates.

The growth rate of BDX's earnings is estimated by analysts to be 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, as that can indicate whether the high price level of a stock is warranted by high growth. Wall Street investors typically prefer a PEG ratio to be smaller than 1, even though it may be more relevant to compare the ratio to that of a firm's competitors. The PEG ratio of BDX is 0.6.

BDX has a 52-week high of 206.63 and a 52-week low of 161.29. Currently the stock is 25.04 percent higher than its 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 market cap of BDX is $46.09 billion. BDX's next earnings release will be on 0000-00-00, which is days away.