Becton Dickinson & Co. (NYSE:BDX) is a $33.87 billion market cap company that provides a broad range of medical devices and diagnostic products used in hospitals, doctors' offices, research labs and other settings.
The med-company is trading at $159.55. Analysts have a consensus $163.53 price target on the stock. Yahoo! (NASDAQ:YHOO) Finance estimates a one-year target share price at $166.9. Also, investors will be paid a dividend of $2.64 at the end of the year. The dividend yield is 1.65%, which tries to protect the purchasing power. Dividend investors often pay attention to the track record of dividends payments and favorable expectations regarding dividend growth for the next year. This company has paid dividends since 1926; during the past 13 years, the highest yield was 2.44%, the lowest was 1.05%, and the median was 1.77%. Now it is close to a five-year low. Continue Reading »