5-Star Stocks Poised to Pop: Becton Dickinson

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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. (NYS: 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$16.0 billion
IndustryHealth-care equipment
Trailing-12-Month Revenue$7.8 billion
ManagementCEO 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
Dividend Yield2.5%
CompetitorsAbbott Labs
Baxter International
Covidien

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.

Just last month, one of those Fools, THemler, highlighted the stock as a solid all-purpose play:

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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At the time this article was published Fool contributor Brian Pacampara owns no position in any of the companies mentioned. Motley Fool newsletter services have recommended buying shares of Becton Dickinson, Abbott, and Covidien. The Fool owns shares of Abbott. Try any of our Foolish newsletter services free for 30 daysWe Fools may not all hold the same opinions, but we all believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. The Fool's disclosure policy always gets a perfect score.

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