Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, medical-device maker Becton, Dickinson and Co. (NYSE: BDX ) has earned a coveted five-star ranking.
With that in mind, let's take a closer look at BD's business and see what CAPS investors are saying about the stock right now.
|Headquarters (founded)||Franklin Lakes, N.J. (1897)|
|Market Cap||$16.3 billion|
|Trailing-12-Month Revenue||$7.9 billion|
|Management||CEO Vincent Forlenza (since October 2011)
CFO David Elkins (since December 2008)
|Return on Capital (average, past 3 years)||14.4%|
|Cash/Debt||$2.7 billion / $4.2 billion|
Sources: S&P Capital IQ and Motley Fool CAPS.
On CAPS, 98% of the 1,146 members who have rated BD believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward.
Stable business. Good [return on equity]. Good profit margins. Fairly valued. Good long term growth rate. Plus if the market corrects this will outpermform short term I would guess. And outperform long term also.
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