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 has earned a coveted five-star ranking.

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

Becton Dickinson facts

Headquarters (founded)

Franklin Lakes, N.J. (1897)

Market Cap

$17.4 billion

Industry

Health care equipment

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$7.8 billion

Management

Chairman/CEO Vincent Forlenza
Acting CFO Suketu Upadhyay

Return on Equity (average, past 3 years)

23.9%

Cash/Debt

$2.5 billion / $4.2 billion

Dividend Yield

2.2%

Competitors

Abbott Labs
Baxter International
Covidien


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

On CAPS, 98% of the 1,168 members who have rated Becton Dickinson believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward.

Earlier this month, one of those Fools, bloomr, succinctly summed up the Becton Dickinson bull case for our community: "The population is getting older. ... Diabetes is an epidemic. Everybody hates needles, but [Becton Dickinson] has been a leader for years with a consistently solid dividend yield to boot."

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The article Why Becton Dickinson Is Poised to Outperform originally appeared on Fool.com.

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