5-Star Stocks Poised to Pop: Becton Dickinson


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 Company (NYS: BDX) has earned a coveted five-star ranking.

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

BD facts

Headquarters (founded)

Franklin Lakes, N.J. (1897)

Market Cap

$15.1 billion


Healthcare equipment

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$8.0 billion


Chairman/CEO Vincent Forlenza
CFO David Elkins

Return on Equity (average, past 3 years)



$2.2 billion / $4.2 billion

Dividend Yield



Abbott Labs
Baxter International

Sources: S&P Capital IQ and Motley Fool CAPS.

On CAPS, 98% of the 1,155 members who have rated BD believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward.

Just last week, one of those Fools, BigFatBEAR, succinctly summed up the BD bull case for our community: "Nice margins, [return on equity], cash flow, low payout ratio, and aggressive dividend growth all point to a long-term health care winner."

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