2. As of noon trading, Becton Dickinson ( BDX) is down $0.50 (-0.7%) to $76.47 on average volume Thus far, 465,177 shares of Becton Dickinson exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 989,900 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $76.40-$77.15 after having opened the day at $77.10 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $76.97.

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. Becton Dickinson has a market cap of $15.3 billion and is part of the health care sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 14.6, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 3.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate Becton Dickinson a buy, 4 analysts rate it a sell, and 9 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Becton Dickinson as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in stock price during the past year, growth in earnings per share and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full Becton Dickinson Ratings Report now.

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