Saratoga Research & Investment Management Has Lowered By $17.37 Million Its Becton Dickinson & Co (BDX) Holding; HP (HPQ) SI Increased By 9.8%

November 14, 2017 - By Henry Gaston

Saratoga Research & Investment Management decreased Becton Dickinson & Co (BDX) stake by 41.82% reported in 2017Q2 SEC filing. Saratoga Research & Investment Management sold 89,099 shares as Becton Dickinson & Co (BDX)’s stock rose 1.79%. The Saratoga Research & Investment Management holds 123,972 shares with $24.19M value, down from 213,071 last quarter. Becton Dickinson & Co now has $50.11B valuation. The stock rose 0.08% or $0.18 reaching $220.18. About 602,416 shares traded. Becton Dickinson and Co (NYSE:BDX) has risen 12.32% since November 14, 2016 and is uptrending. It has underperformed by 4.38% the S&P500.

HP Incorporated (NYSE:HPQ) had an increase of 9.8% in short interest. HPQ’s SI was 30.99M shares in November as released by FINRA. Its up 9.8% from 28.23M shares previously. With 10.68M avg volume, 3 days are for HP Incorporated (NYSE:HPQ)’s short sellers to cover HPQ’s short positions. About 7.65M shares traded. HP Inc (NYSE:HPQ) has risen 66.08% since November 14, 2016 and is uptrending. It has outperformed by 49.38% the S&P500.

Since May 25, 2017, it had 0 buys, and 1 insider sale for $5.35 million activity. 28,765 shares were sold by SHERMAN JEFFREY S, worth $5.35 million.

Analysts await Becton Dickinson and Co (NYSE:BDX) to report earnings on February, 1. They expect $2.45 EPS, up 5.15% or $0.12 from last year’s $2.33 per share. BDX’s profit will be $557.59M for 22.47 P/E if the $2.45 EPS becomes a reality. After $2.40 actual EPS reported by Becton Dickinson and Co for the previous quarter, Wall Street now forecasts 2.08% EPS growth.

Among 17 analysts covering Becton Dickinson (NYSE:BDX), 9 have Buy rating, 1 Sell and 7 Hold. Therefore 53% are positive. Becton Dickinson had 40 analyst reports since August 7, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. As per Thursday, November 2, the company rating was maintained by Stifel Nicolaus. Piper Jaffray maintained Becton Dickinson and Co (NYSE:BDX) on Tuesday, July 18 with “Buy” rating. The rating was maintained by Barclays Capital on Thursday, August 10 with “Equal-Weight”. The stock of Becton Dickinson and Co (NYSE:BDX) has “Neutral” rating given on Tuesday, January 3 by JP Morgan. The rating was maintained by Jefferies with “Buy” on Thursday, March 30. The stock of Becton Dickinson and Co (NYSE:BDX) earned “Buy” rating by UBS on Friday, August 5. RBC Capital Markets maintained Becton Dickinson and Co (NYSE:BDX) on Friday, September 22 with “Hold” rating. RBC Capital Markets maintained Becton Dickinson and Co (NYSE:BDX) on Thursday, February 4 with “Sector Perform” rating. The rating was maintained by Jefferies with “Buy” on Friday, June 9. The stock of Becton Dickinson and Co (NYSE:BDX) has “Buy” rating given on Tuesday, August 22 by Jefferies.

Investors sentiment increased to 1.18 in Q2 2017. Its up 0.31, from 0.87 in 2017Q1. It increased, as 50 investors sold BDX shares while 311 reduced holdings. 91 funds opened positions while 334 raised stakes. 195.76 million shares or 16.43% more from 168.14 million shares in 2017Q1 were reported. Com Bancorp stated it has 48,665 shares. Segall Bryant And Hamill Limited Liability holds 4,927 shares or 0.02% of its portfolio. Cetera Advisor Net Ltd Liability Corporation reported 0.02% in Becton Dickinson and Co (NYSE:BDX). Banque Pictet Cie has invested 0.1% in Becton Dickinson and Co (NYSE:BDX). Moody Comml Bank Trust Division has invested 0.02% in Becton Dickinson and Co (NYSE:BDX). Axa owns 478,266 shares for 0.42% of their portfolio. Amica Retiree Medical stated it has 120 shares. Assetmark holds 0% or 578 shares. Eagleclaw Cap Managment Ltd stated it has 5,276 shares. Utah Retirement Sys stated it has 40,926 shares or 0.19% of all its holdings. Jpmorgan Chase & Communication reported 3.65 million shares stake. Beaumont Financial Prtn Ltd holds 1,702 shares or 0.04% of its portfolio. Fred Alger Inc owns 0.01% invested in Becton Dickinson and Co (NYSE:BDX) for 9,549 shares. Toronto Dominion National Bank invested in 0.06% or 88,628 shares. D L Carlson Investment Gru owns 24,496 shares for 1.4% of their portfolio.

Saratoga Research & Investment Management increased Biogen Inc (NASDAQ:BIIB) stake by 11,340 shares to 137,562 valued at $37.33 million in 2017Q2. It also upped Wal (NYSE:WMT) stake by 23,457 shares and now owns 918,558 shares. Cognizant Tech Solutions (NASDAQ:CTSH) was raised too.

Investors sentiment increased to 1.71 in Q2 2017. Its up 0.41, from 1.3 in 2017Q1. It improved, as 3 investors sold HP Inc shares while 4 reduced holdings. 3 funds opened positions while 9 raised stakes. 2.22 million shares or 13.88% more from 1.95 million shares in 2017Q1 were reported. Gemmer Asset Mngmt Limited Liability Corporation invested 0.02% of its portfolio in HP Inc (NYSE:HPQ). Wagner Bowman Mngmt holds 0.08% of its portfolio in HP Inc (NYSE:HPQ) for 16,608 shares. Altfest L J And Com Inc owns 17,319 shares. West Oak Capital Llc invested in 4,196 shares or 0% of the stock. Alphamark Advisors Ltd Liability Corporation has 0% invested in HP Inc (NYSE:HPQ) for 513 shares. Capital Advisors Ltd Co reported 19,138 shares or 0.02% of all its holdings. Meag Munich Ergo Kapitalanlagegesellschaft Mbh holds 0.8% or 1.08 million shares in its portfolio. Nelson Roberts Inv Advisors Ltd Limited Liability Company accumulated 1,880 shares. Focused Wealth Mngmt Inc accumulated 18,600 shares. Palisade Asset Mgmt Ltd reported 28,640 shares stake. North Star Asset Mngmt Inc invested in 28,619 shares or 0.05% of the stock. Mitchell Mcleod Pugh & Williams has invested 0.14% in HP Inc (NYSE:HPQ). Eqis Management holds 87,061 shares. Grassi Inv Mgmt has 0.1% invested in HP Inc (NYSE:HPQ) for 31,150 shares. Gulf Intll State Bank (Uk) Ltd owns 529,899 shares or 0.13% of their US portfolio.

Among 31 analysts covering Hewlett-Packard (NYSE:HPQ), 17 have Buy rating, 0 Sell and 14 Hold. Therefore 55% are positive. Hewlett-Packard had 121 analyst reports since August 17, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. The firm has “Equal Weight” rating by Pacific Crest given on Monday, August 24. The firm earned “Hold” rating on Friday, October 13 by BMO Capital Markets. Maxim Group downgraded HP Inc (NYSE:HPQ) rating on Thursday, August 25. Maxim Group has “Hold” rating and $15 target. As per Friday, October 14, the company rating was maintained by Mizuho. The stock has “Buy” rating by Citigroup on Wednesday, April 19. Barclays Capital maintained the stock with “Equal Weight” rating in Thursday, February 23 report. As per Thursday, February 23, the company rating was maintained by Maxim Group. Goldman Sachs reinitiated the stock with “Neutral” rating in Tuesday, September 22 report. Maxim Group maintained the stock with “Hold” rating in Thursday, August 24 report. The firm earned “Sector Perform” rating on Wednesday, November 25 by FBN Securities.

Since May 26, 2017, it had 0 insider purchases, and 1 sale for $638,985 activity. 35,000 shares valued at $638,985 were sold by FLAXMAN JON E on Friday, May 26.

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