Based on the aggregated intelligence of 135,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, medical device maker Becton, Dickinson (NYSE:BDX) has earned a respected four-star ranking.

With that in mind, let's take a closer look at Becton Dickinson's business and see what CAPS investors are saying about the stock right now.

Becton Dickinson facts

Headquarters (founded)

Franklin Lakes, N.J. (1897)

Market Cap

$15.75 billion


Health-care equipment

TTM Revenue

$7.16 billion


CEO Edward Ludwig (since 2000)
CFO David Elkins (since 2008)

Return on Equity (average, last three years)


Dividend Yield



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CAPS members bullish on BDX also bullish on

Johnson & Johnson (NYSE:JNJ)
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CAPS members bearish on BDX also bearish on

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Sources: Capital IQ, a division of Standard & Poor's, and Motley Fool CAPS. TTM = trailing 12 months.

Over on CAPS, fully 513 of the 529 members who have rated Becton Dickinson -- some 97% -- believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include All-Star claygrant1974, who is ranked in the top 15% of our community, and mgiamalis.

In late June, claygrant1974 touched on the company's massive scale in the surgical products space:

They are leaders in a field that is rock solid and will continue to grow, at least for a few years. Recession proof. Diversified products and global operations. Strong balance sheet. What is not to love?

In a pitch from three days ago, mgiamalis talked price:

This is a high growth stock, which is very undervalued. The company has posted consistent revenue and earnings growth, and has a low [PEG] ratio of 1.1. Their P/E is around 13 which is low relative to their competitors, and relative to their average P/E ratio from years past. The company has a 25% ROE and pays a healthy dividend at a higher yield than its competitors, and with a lower payout ratio, a sign of undervaluation.

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Fool contributor Brian Pacampara owns no position in any of the companies mentioned. Johnson & Johnson and Procter & Gamble are Motley Fool Income Investor picks. The Fool owns shares of Procter & Gamble. The Fool's disclosure policy always gets a perfect score.