Last year I told you that in the November of 2007 they would announce the 2 for 1 stock split (Check the board). It will come when they announce this quarter. I say divy goes to 1.10 on a non split adjusted basis. With the weak dollar, and it will be weak for sometime, they are going to kill the street estimates. Best thing I ever did was go with their DSPP in 2001. Never paid a dime for buying this stock. Bank on the 2 for 1.
I checked and, on January 25, 2007, you predicted a 2:1 split and a stock price in November 2007 of about $85. Your eight-month-old prediction is looking not too shabby, based on today's closing price.
I agree that BDX has been and will continue to be in a sweet spot due to the favorable effects of foreign currency. I have no regrets about having bought BDX in July 2003 and having held them in a 401 K rollover since then. With the exception of XOM shares I bought for my kids college funds at about the same time, this has been my best idea over the past 4 years or so. Interestingly though, the most recent dividend of $0.245/share I received from BDX is 2.5 X the very first dividend of $0.10/share I had gotten from them. I love being the beneficiary of a 150% increase in the dividend stream in such a short period of time. That BDX's dividends have no immediate tax consequences for me makes the investment that much sweeter.