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Becton Dickinson & Co. (NYSE:BDX) shares reached a new 52-week high on Tuesday , American Banking and Market News reports. The company traded as high as $112.77 and last traded at $112.76, with a volume of 822,287 shares changing hands. The stock had previously closed at $110.94.

Several analysts have recently commented on the stock. Analysts at Raymond James upgraded shares of Becton Dickinson & Co. from an “underperform” rating to a “market perform” rating in a research note on Wednesday, February 5th. Separately, analysts at Leerink Swann raised their price target on shares of Becton Dickinson & Co. from $107.00 to $113.00 in a research note on Wednesday, February 5th. Finally, analysts at Piper Jaffray upgraded shares of Becton Dickinson & Co. to an “overweight” rating in a research note on Tuesday, January 21st. They now have a $18.00 price target on the stock. One research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, seven have given a hold rating and eight have given a buy rating to the company. Becton Dickinson & Co. presently has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $104.68.

The stock’s 50-day moving average is $109.8 and its 200-day moving average is $104.8. The company has a market cap of $21.931 billion and a price-to-earnings ratio of 23.43.

Becton Dickinson & Co. (NYSE:BDX) last issued its quarterly earnings data on Tuesday, February 4th. The company reported $1.42 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating the consensus estimate of $1.30 by $0.12. The company had revenue of $2.00 billion for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $1.98 billion. During the same quarter in the previous year, the company posted $1.35 earnings per share. The company’s revenue for the quarter was up 6.1% on a year-over-year basis. On average, analysts predict that Becton Dickinson & Co. will post $6.24 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

The company also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which is scheduled for Monday, March 31st. Stockholders of record on Monday, March 10th will be paid a dividend of $0.545 per share. This represents a $2.18 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 1.93%. The ex-dividend date is Thursday, March 6th.

Becton, Dickinson and Company (NYSE:BDX) is a global medical technology company engaged in the development, manufacture and sale of medical devices, instrument systems and reagents used by healthcare institutions, life science researchers, clinical laboratories, the pharmaceutical industry and the general public.

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