Becton, Dickinson and Co.  (BDX - Get Report) is expected to report quarterly earnings of $2.58 a share on sales of $4.2 billion before the market opens on Thursday, based on a FactSet survey of 19 analysts.

In the same period a year ago, the company posted earnings of $2.65 a share on sales of $4.2 billion.

The stock has fallen 4.1% since the company last reported earnings on Feb. 5.

Quarterly estimates have fallen less than 1 cent a share in the past month.

Becton, Dickinson is currently trading at a price-to-forward-earnings ratio of 17.9 based on the 12-month estimates of 20 analysts surveyed by FactSet.

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