Based on the aggregated intelligence of 125,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, medical device maker Becton, Dickinson and Company (NYSE:BDX) has earned a coveted five-star ranking. Our data has shown that five-star stocks outperform the market by a significant margin; conversely, one-star stocks woefully lag the market average.

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, New Jersey (1897)

Market Cap

$17.18 billion


Health-care equipment

TTM Revenue

$7.16 billion


CEO Edward Ludwig (since January 2000)

CFO David Elkins (since December 2008)

Return on Equity (average, last three years)


Dividend Yield



Abbott Labs (NYSE:ABT)
Baxter International (NYSE:BAX)

CAPS members bullish on BDX also bullish on:

Johnson & Johnson (NYSE:JNJ)
Procter & Gamble (NYSE:PG)

CAPS members bearish on BDX also bearish on:

International Business Machines (NYSE:IBM)

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

Over on CAPS, 439 of the 450 members who have rated Becton Dickinson -- 97.6% -- believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include SIP08PSU and CAPS All-Star Alex1963.

Last week, Alex1964 pointed out several of the stock's positives: "Great dividend history, solid mgt & margin #s, Great P/B. Low debt. 16B cap. P/E of 15 at today's price of $68."

In a pitch from one day later, SIP08PSU shares that attitude, listing even more reasons Fools need to stay bullish on Becton, Dickinson:

[The] purchase is based on the company’s diversified products portfolio, high exposure to international markets, new segments with high growth rates, a management team with extensive experience in managing operations and expertise in generating organic growth through in-house R&D, acquisitions, and alliances strategies.

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