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.
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||$16.0 billion|
|Trailing-12-Month Revenue||$7.8 billion|
|Management||CEO Vincent Forlenza (since October 2011)
CFO David Elkins (since December 2008)
|Return on Equity (Average, Past 3 Years)||23.3%|
|Cash/Debt||$1.6 billion / $2.7 billion|
Sources: S&P Capital IQ and Motley Fool CAPS.
On CAPS, 98% of the 1,125 members who have rated Becton Dickinson believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward.
Bought [Becton Dickinson] both as short-term defensive & long-term growth prospect. The upside/downside ratio is favorable at current levels. Company is well positoned to grow in emerging markets, but must adjust product costs to truly compete. I'm betting on [Becton Dickinson] management to figure it al out and resume their historic consistant growth.
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