NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- The ex-dividend date for Becton Dickinson (NYSE: BDX) is tomorrow, December 8, 2011. Owners of shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 45 cents per share. At a price of $73.69 as of 9:30 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 2.4%.

The average volume for Becton Dickinson has been 1.8 million shares per day over the past 30 days. Becton Dickinson has a market cap of $15.99 billion and is part of the health care sector and health services industry. Shares are down 12.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

Becton, Dickinson and Company, a medical technology company, develops, manufactures, and sells medical devices, instrument systems, and reagents worldwide. The company's BD Medical segment produces medical devices that are used in various healthcare settings. The company has a P/E ratio of 13.3, above the average health services industry P/E ratio of 13.2 and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7.

TheStreet Ratings rates Becton Dickinson as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, notable return on equity, growth in earnings per share, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. You can view the full Becton Dickinson Ratings Report.

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