Published: Tue, April 17, 2018
Business | By Tara Barton

Courting the Quant Signals For Becton, Dickinson and Company (NYSE:BDX)

Consulate Inc holds 0.16% or 1,473 shs. Investors may also want to take a longer-term look at company shares. Horan Capital Advisors Llc who had been investing in Schlumberger Ltd for a number of months, seems to be less bullish one the $94.18 billion market cap company. The stock decreased 0.97% or $0.2 during the last trading session, reaching $20.4. About 1.18 million shares traded. Exxon Mobil Corporation (NYSE:XOM) has declined 9.29% since April 16, 2017 and is downtrending. It has underperformed by 9.12% the S&P500.

Peninsula Asset Management Inc increased its stake in Becton Dickinson & Company (BDX) by 33.7% based on its latest 2017Q4 regulatory filing with the SEC. BlackRock Inc. now owns 18,811,302 shares of the medical instruments supplier's stock valued at $4,026,750,000 after buying an additional 1,071,288 shares during the last quarter. The institutional investor held 301,005 shares of the health care company at the end of 2017Q4, valued at $64.43 million, up from 277,414 at the end of the previous reported quarter. Murphy Capital Management Inc who had been investing in Becton Dickinson for a number of months, seems to be bullish on the $60.00 billion market cap company. The stock increased 0.73% or $1.65 during the last trading session, reaching $227.02. About 222,209 shares traded. The stock of Becton, Dickinson and Company (NYSE:BDX) has "Hold" rating given on Friday, January 5 by Citigroup.

Since February 23, 2018, it had 0 insider purchases, and 4 sales for $2.59 million activity. Abner Herrman & Brock Limited Liability Com accumulated 0.04% or 1,087 shares. On Tuesday, February 27 Gallagher John E sold $1.21 million worth of Becton, Dickinson and Company (NYSE:BDX). Borzi James W sold 4,048 shares worth $910,726. Five analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating, eleven have assigned a buy rating and one has issued a strong buy rating to the stock. The positive are 79%. This serves as an indication of the confidence amongst analysts covering that stock that the nature of Becton Dickinson's earnings will result in a higher return per dollar of equity compared to the industry. The stock price moved -7.95% off its 50 Day low and changed 7.37% to its 50 Day high. Becton Dickinson had 53 analyst reports since August 7, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. The Price to Book ratio for Becton, Dickinson and Company NYSE:BDX is 2.824338. Cowen & Co has "Buy" rating and $250.0 target. On Thursday, November 9 the stock rating was maintained by Jefferies with "Buy". Morgan Stanley has "Equal-Weight" rating and $245 target. Citigroup downgraded the stock to "Sell" rating in Friday, September 23 report. KeyCorp initiated coverage on shares of Becton Dickinson and in a research note on Friday, January 5th. As per Friday, November 3, the company rating was maintained by RBC Capital Markets. RBC Capital Markets maintained it with "Hold" rating and $235.0 target in Thursday, February 8 report.

Meanwhile, the stock investors and analysts deem this stock on the go as it shuffled with 0.96 million shares contrasting its Average Volume of 1.36 million shares. Its up 0.62, from 0.93 in 2017Q3. It is positive, as 50 investors sold BDX shares while 294 reduced holdings.

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Several hedge funds have recently made changes to their positions in BDX. 275.71 million shares or 1.91% less from 281.08 million shares in 2017Q3 were reported. Checchi Advisers Llc holds 0.06% or 2,182 shares in its portfolio. Agf Investments Inc, Ontario - Canada-based fund reported 2,100 shares.

At the time of writing, the 14-day ADX for Becton Dickinson and Company (BDX) is 16.66. Federated Investors Inc Pa invested 0% of its portfolio in Northeast Bancorp (NASDAQ:NBN). Scotia Cap has invested 0.11% in Becton, Dickinson and Company (NYSE:BDX). (NYSE:AET). Focused Ltd Limited Liability Company holds 3.04% or 415,000 shares in its portfolio. Finally, Piper Jaffray reaffirmed an "overweight" rating and set a $260.00 target price (up previously from $223.00) on shares of Becton Dickinson and in a report on Tuesday, February 6th. The company was maintained on Tuesday, October 24 by Wells Fargo. Grantham Mayo Van Otterloo And Ltd Co owns 0.67% invested in Becton, Dickinson and Company (NYSE:BDX) for 532,868 shares. Engineers Gate Manager LP purchased a new position in shares of Becton Dickinson and during the third quarter valued at approximately $1,090,000. Morgan Stanley maintained the shares of PFE in report on Friday, April 7 with "Neutral" rating. Price T Rowe Associate Inc Md accumulated 32.64 million shares or 1.13% of the stock. 2,663 were reported by Salem Inv Counselors. The share performance for the third quarter and second half of the years are -0.49% and 13.84%, respectively. During the same period in the previous year, the company posted $2.33 EPS.

The performance for week is 4.58% and the performance for quarter is at -0.20%.

Asset Management Group Inc, which manages about $284.95M and $277.65 million US Long portfolio, upped its stake in Ishares Msci Etf Eafe Minimum Volatility (EFAV) by 6,992 shares to 63,919 shares, valued at $4.67 million in 2017Q4, according to the filing. Deutsche Bank has "Hold" rating and $155.0 target. A low current ratio (when the current liabilities are higher than the current assets) indicates that the company may have trouble paying their short term obligations. A ratio lower than one shows that the price has decreased over that time period. Mackenzie Fincl Corp reported 960,926 shares or 0.5% of all its holdings. The firm earned "Buy" rating on Wednesday, August 19 by Argus Research. The firm has "Sell" rating given on Tuesday, January 26 by Tudor Pickering. Jefferies maintained the shares of PFE in report on Monday, October 16 with "Hold" rating. BDX's most recent margin of 2.40% appears to follow this trend, which suggests that the decrease in earnings has arisen due to difficulties in managiong costs as opposed to a lack of top line revenue.

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