Trade-Ideas LLC identified Becton Dickinson ( BDX) as a strong and under the radar candidate. In addition to specific proprietary factors, Trade-Ideas identified Becton Dickinson as such a stock due to the following factors:

  • BDX has an average dollar-volume (as measured by average daily share volume multiplied by share price) of $137.4 million.
  • BDX has traded 556.0449999999999590727384202182292938232421875 options contracts today.
  • BDX is making at least a new 3-day high.
  • BDX has a PE ratio of 45.
  • BDX is mentioned 1.90 times per day on StockTwits.
  • BDX has not yet been mentioned on StockTwits today.
  • BDX is currently in the upper 20% of its 1-year range.
  • BDX is in the upper 35% of its 20-day range.
  • BDX is in the upper 45% of its 5-day range.
  • BDX is currently trading above yesterday's high.

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More details on BDX:

Becton, Dickinson and Company, a medical technology company, develops, manufactures, and sells medical supplies, devices, laboratory equipment, and diagnostic products worldwide. The stock currently has a dividend yield of 1.7%. BDX has a PE ratio of 45. Currently there are 10 analysts that rate Becton Dickinson a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

The average volume for Becton Dickinson has been 971,500 shares per day over the past 30 days. Becton Dickinson has a market cap of $32.0 billion and is part of the health care sector and health services industry. The stock has a beta of 1.15 and a short float of 3.3% with 7.03 days to cover. Shares are up 7.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

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TheStreet Quant Ratings rates Becton Dickinson as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, good cash flow from operations and solid stock price performance. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, generally higher debt management risk and disappointing return on equity.

Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • BDX's revenue growth has slightly outpaced the industry average of 37.8%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 39.0%. This growth in revenue does not appear to have trickled down to the company's bottom line, displayed by a decline in earnings per share.
  • Net operating cash flow has increased to $678.00 million or 25.78% when compared to the same quarter last year. The firm also exceeded the industry average cash flow growth rate of 4.61%.
  • Looking at where the stock is today compared to one year ago, we find that it is not only higher, but it has also clearly outperformed the rise in the S&P 500 over the same period, despite the company's weak earnings results. Despite the fact that it has already risen in the past year, there is currently no conclusive evidence that warrants the purchase or sale of this stock.
  • The company, on the basis of change in net income from the same quarter one year ago, has significantly underperformed when compared to that of the S&P 500 and the Health Care Equipment & Supplies industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 39.9% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from $301.00 million to $181.00 million.
  • Currently the debt-to-equity ratio of 1.79 is quite high overall and when compared to the industry average, suggesting that the current management of debt levels should be re-evaluated. Along with the unfavorable debt-to-equity ratio, BDX maintains a poor quick ratio of 0.72, which illustrates the inability to avoid short-term cash problems.

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