Based on the aggregated intelligence of 150,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, medical device maker Becton, Dickinson (NYSE:BDX) has earned a coveted five-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

$17.9 billion


Health-care equipment

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$7.4 billion


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

Return on Capital (Average, Past 3 Years)



$1.5 billion / $1.7 billion

Dividend Yield



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Sources: Capital IQ (a division of Standard & Poor's) and Motley Fool CAPS.

On CAPS, 98% of the 730 members who have rated Becton Dickinson believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include colonel79 and tekennedy.

Just last month, colonel79 summed up the Oracle-owned opportunity: "Buffett play ... plenty of competitive advantages. Great returns on equity and assets. Good growth potential. Good value for the money, plus a dividend."

In a pitch from late last year, tekennedy elaborates:

Well run company with strong [return on investing capital], a competitive advantage due to scale, and room for future growth. Once the future regulations on health care are concrete the impaired valuation of the company should be put back to a more normal level(As long as the regulations aren't absurd, although I think most increases in costs should be able to be passed on to customers). I consider this to be a defensive play as I think people's expectations for the economic recovery are over-enthusiastic. ... I'd gladly hold for the long-term as this should grow above average.

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Fool contributor Brian Pacampara owns no position in any of the companies mentioned. Procter & Gamble is a Motley Fool Income Investor pick, Ford is a Stock Advisor selection, and Google is a recommendation of Rule Breakers. The Fool owns shares of Procter & Gamble. The Fool's disclosure policy always gets a perfect score.