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celtic422 29 posts  |  Last Activity: Feb 9, 1998 7:52 PM Member since: Dec 10, 1997
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    Buy at this level?????

    by surenotsure Feb 9, 1998 10:43 AM
    celtic422 celtic422 Feb 9, 1998 7:52 PM Flag

    My advice to you would be to wait until TROW drops a few points during the next market dip (there will be one soon) and then buy.
    Only don't expect the shares to decline significantly. You may also wish to wait until the shares are split two for one next April. Usually, after a split there is usually some profit taking and you may be able to get in at a better price --but there are no guarantees.

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    by celtic422 Jan 28, 1998 4:10 PM
    celtic422 celtic422 Jan 31, 1998 8:29 AM Flag

    Thanks, Dimitri.

  • celtic422 by celtic422 Jan 31, 1998 8:27 AM Flag

    The stock rose nearly 6 points on Friday on three times average daily volume in a declining market. Would anyone care to speculate as to why?

  • Reply to

    BDX High Volumes

    by spin_2000_98 Jan 30, 1998 3:27 PM
    celtic422 celtic422 Jan 30, 1998 4:09 PM Flag

    Very interesting. Thank you, Spin2000. I guess that's a major factor in the stock's heavy trading. Fortunately for us, there are more buyers than sellers.

  • Reply to

    Move up today

    by mick_11949 Jan 29, 1998 2:42 PM
    celtic422 celtic422 Jan 29, 1998 10:11 PM Flag

    Does anyone know anything about this Allhusen appointment? Evidently, some investors are impressed. Does anyone know anything about this gentleman's track record at Advanta?

  • Reply to

    BDX ?

    by atldcl Jan 29, 1998 8:30 AM
    celtic422 celtic422 Jan 29, 1998 10:05 PM Flag

    <<<Has anyone noticed the volume that is being traded on BDX? Am I mistaking, or has it been three times average volume. Seems unusal. >>>

    I've noticed too that the volume has been two or three times the norm lately. I'm wondering what's going on...

  • Reply to

    Important Stock News & Tip!

    by wisdom_watcher Jan 22, 1998 12:37 PM
    celtic422 celtic422 Jan 29, 1998 10:00 PM Flag

    The stock got a boost today because Goldman Sachs added it to its priority list.

  • celtic422 by celtic422 Jan 28, 1998 4:10 PM Flag

    Cranford, N.J. 07016

    or 1-800-678-1116

  • Reply to

    can they grow

    by Picker5 Dec 31, 1997 4:15 PM
    celtic422 celtic422 Jan 28, 1998 1:54 AM Flag

    This is a response to Evansgeo's post of 1/21. No, I haven't lost faith in the company, but after last year's dismal
    performance I needed to vent my frustrations. Nevertheless, I haven't considered dumping the stock. I am pleased that earnings for the
    recent quarter showed a healthy profit and that shares (today) broke through the 60's range. I still have strong reservations about
    how the company expects to achieve its ambitious growth plans without seeking some new (non-traditional) niche for faster
    growth, perhaps via a major acquisition. I remain skeptical, but appreciate that the stock is beginning to move. I only hope this
    upward tick is not a flash in the pan with the stock later dropping back into familiar 40's-50's territory. I've seen that happen
    many times before.


  • Reply to

    can they grow

    by Picker5 Dec 31, 1997 4:15 PM
    celtic422 celtic422 Jan 16, 1998 11:58 AM Flag

    I am ECSTATIC --that's the word-- about BDX's new strength. I only hope it will not be a flash in the pan. A few times last year, the stock went up like this and then fell back and stayed down. I really hope this time the rise will be permanent.

  • celtic422 by celtic422 Jan 15, 1998 4:18 PM Flag

    BDX upgraded from "buy" to "strong buy" today by Cowen & Co. That's good news and the stock was very strong today. Of course, God knows what tomorrow will bring.....


  • celtic422 by celtic422 Jan 14, 1998 10:38 AM Flag

    Yesterday's earnings report couldn't have been better and today Morgan Stanley downgraded the stock. Does anyone have any idea why??? It makes absolutely no sense to me.

  • Reply to

    can they grow

    by Picker5 Dec 31, 1997 4:15 PM
    celtic422 celtic422 Jan 14, 1998 7:58 AM Flag

    I agree with post #11. We ought to stay in touch and share information on BDX. This company is not very popular in the message boards. I started a board in the Motley Fool and no one posts but me. I also agree that BDX has gone nowhere since 1996. Growth during 97 was negligible. I don't want to dump the shares because I still have faith on the CEO. Let's hope he'll keep his word. Good luck to you all.

  • Reply to

    can they grow

    by Picker5 Dec 31, 1997 4:15 PM
    celtic422 celtic422 Jan 5, 1998 11:58 AM Flag

    I appreciate your response, but how do you suppose the CEO is going to double the company's business in 3 years when their medical supplies and devices division has been scraping by for the past several years with essentially static growth. Only their diagnostic division is doing slightly better, but they derive a larger share of their revenues from supplies and devices.

    The Difco and PharMingen acquisitions were nice (though small) acquisitions and should add to the bottom line, but not significantly. After all their aggregate revenues for 1997 were a paltry $117 million, which is a drop in the bucket.

    Clateo's master plan is to promote faster growth by focusing on the company's human resources and foster improved communication and collaboration among them. I know this isn't enough. I think he is going to have to make bolder moves to realize his growth strategy.

    Your turn.

  • Reply to

    can they grow

    by Picker5 Dec 31, 1997 4:15 PM
    celtic422 celtic422 Jan 4, 1998 7:59 PM Flag

    Picker, I agree with every word you wrote. BDX had been one of the best stocks in my portfolio up until 12/96. This year
    their growth has stalled. The CEO seems very indecisive and does not appear to have a well-defined strategy to enhance shareholder
    value. 1998 is going to be the same as 1997 = growth equal to zero or in the single digits. I've just received their annual report,
    and the CEO's message to the shareholders is vague and full of platitudes. Things like "the power of individual initiative..."
    and how "people resources...are the most critical... and how important it is to "achieve their fullest potential..." and "we
    must improve communication..." and all that baloney, but there is nothing specific on how they plan to move decisively to promote
    growth and move the company away from the status quo.

    I am planning to attend the shareholder meeting if I am able to arrange to reach the site by public transportation. If not, I will write a letter to the CEO to make my views known. I am not sure this will do much since I am only a single voice, but I have a burning desire to get a few things off my chest.

  • Reply to

    More Dumping

    by celtic422 Dec 23, 1997 9:15 AM
    celtic422 celtic422 Dec 23, 1997 10:31 AM Flag

    I called the company this morning and spoke to a shareholders' relations representative. The company is very much aware of the sharp decline in its stock. They attribute it to "year-end institutional selling" and nothing more. I was assured that there is nothing inherently wrong with the company. They stand behind their CEO's press release of 12/8/97 and maintain that the worst case scenario for 1998 would be a dividend reduction no lower than 55 cents.


  • celtic422 by celtic422 Dec 23, 1997 9:15 AM Flag

    Here we go again. The market's been open only 45 minutes and CMO has shed another 1 3/16 on 119,000 shares traded. What the hell is going on?????????????????????

  • Reply to

    Anyone home?

    by Szott Dec 4, 1997 12:37 PM
    celtic422 celtic422 Dec 22, 1997 9:20 PM Flag

    Does anyone have any idea why LM jumped 3 3/8 points today? I am not complaining --just wondering what's behind it, if anything. Thanks.

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    Can't Relax Now

    by sam399 Dec 22, 1997 1:51 PM
    celtic422 celtic422 Dec 22, 1997 8:49 PM Flag

    For what it's worth, I just paid a visit to CMO's home page and they had a link for "shareholder information" which included
    their press releases (their last is dated 12/8/97 and is the one we all know about). They also have a link for "analysts' research
    reports," which is supposed to be up-to-date. Well, it isn't. They had three reports from three firms --one of them Paine Webber--
    issued last spring or earlier, which rate the company as a "buy." CMO has chosen not to post the more recent Paine Webber analysis
    dated 12/8/97 in which the brokerage firm downgraded CMO from "attractive" to "neutral." The moral of this story is that CMO's
    home page does not depict the company's current true picture. They appear to make public the good news and disregard the bad. I
    find that unethical and makes me wonder whether this management is entirely trustworthy.

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    by A Yahoo! User Jul 12, 2001 8:27 PM
    celtic422 celtic422 Dec 22, 1997 5:02 PM Flag

    From what I know, Viagra is on a six-month "fast track" for possible approval by the second quarter of 1998.

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