BDX - Becton, Dickinson and Company

NYSE - NYSE Delayed Price. Currency in USD
225.04
-2.85 (-1.25%)
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225.04 0.00 (0.00%)
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Previous Close227.89
Open227.12
Bid225.10 x 1400
Ask225.17 x 800
Day's Range224.61 - 229.52
52 Week Range208.62 - 265.87
Volume1,459,883
Avg. Volume1,155,612
Market Cap60.55B
Beta (3Y Monthly)1.40
PE Ratio (TTM)69.24
EPS (TTM)3.25
Earnings DateMay 9, 2019
Forward Dividend & Yield3.08 (1.23%)
Ex-Dividend Date2019-03-07
1y Target Est269.89
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