West Oak Capital Trimmed Becton Dickinson & Co (BDX) Position By $21.41 Million; Applied Industrial Technologies (AIT)’s Sentiment Is 1.18

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West Oak Capital Llc decreased Becton Dickinson & Co (BDX) stake by 3.9% reported in 2017Q4 SEC filing. West Oak Capital Llc sold 100 shares as Becton Dickinson & Co (BDX)’s stock declined 1.94%. The West Oak Capital Llc holds 2,461 shares with $526.80 million value, down from 2,561 last quarter. Becton Dickinson & Co now has $62.37B valuation. The stock increased 0.59% or $1.37 during the last trading session, reaching $234.26. About 937,598 shares traded. Becton, Dickinson and Company (NYSE:BDX) has risen 15.92% since April 29, 2017 and is uptrending. It has outperformed by 4.37% the S&P500.

Applied Industrial Technologies Inc (AIT) investors sentiment decreased to 1.18 in 2017 Q4. It’s down -0.03, from 1.21 in 2017Q3. The ratio dived, as 105 investment managers increased and opened new holdings, while 89 sold and decreased equity positions in Applied Industrial Technologies Inc. The investment managers in our database now possess: 31.81 million shares, down from 32.37 million shares in 2017Q3. Also, the number of investment managers holding Applied Industrial Technologies Inc in top ten holdings increased from 1 to 2 for an increase of 1. Sold All: 19 Reduced: 70 Increased: 68 New Position: 37.

Among 20 analysts covering Becton Dickinson (NYSE:BDX), 13 have Buy rating, 0 Sell and 7 Hold. Therefore 65% are positive. Becton Dickinson has $260.0 highest and $146 lowest target. $230.79’s average target is -1.48% below currents $234.26 stock price. Becton Dickinson had 53 analyst reports since August 7, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. The firm has “Buy” rating by Wells Fargo given on Friday, September 22. The firm earned “Buy” rating on Thursday, August 3 by Stifel Nicolaus. Cowen & Co maintained the stock with “Buy” rating in Monday, July 10 report. The rating was maintained by Barclays Capital on Thursday, August 10 with “Equal-Weight”. Morgan Stanley downgraded the shares of BDX in report on Monday, January 4 to “Equal-Weight” rating. UBS maintained it with “Buy” rating and $195 target in Friday, August 5 report. Citigroup initiated Becton, Dickinson and Company (NYSE:BDX) rating on Thursday, November 12. Citigroup has “Neutral” rating and $153 target. RBC Capital Markets maintained Becton, Dickinson and Company (NYSE:BDX) rating on Thursday, August 3. RBC Capital Markets has “Hold” rating and $21000 target. Deutsche Bank maintained Becton, Dickinson and Company (NYSE:BDX) on Friday, December 29 with “Buy” rating. The stock of Becton, Dickinson and Company (NYSE:BDX) earned “Hold” rating by RBC Capital Markets on Friday, September 22.

Analysts await Becton, Dickinson and Company (NYSE:BDX) to report earnings on May, 3 before the open. They expect $2.61 earnings per share, up 13.48% or $0.31 from last year’s $2.3 per share. BDX’s profit will be $694.89 million for 22.44 P/E if the $2.61 EPS becomes a reality. After $2.48 actual earnings per share reported by Becton, Dickinson and Company for the previous quarter, Wall Street now forecasts 5.24% EPS growth.

Investors sentiment increased to 1.55 in Q4 2017. Its up 0.62, from 0.93 in 2017Q3. It is positive, as 50 investors sold BDX shares while 294 reduced holdings. 147 funds opened positions while 386 raised stakes. 215.77 million shares or 9.23% more from 197.53 million shares in 2017Q3 were reported. Regentatlantic Lc has invested 0.08% in Becton, Dickinson and Company (NYSE:BDX). 36,250 were accumulated by Exxonmobil Mngmt Tx. Oakmont Prns Lc reported 6,959 shares stake. Kj Harrison Partners accumulated 18,000 shares or 1.3% of the stock. Guggenheim Cap Ltd Liability holds 419,072 shares. Moreover, Hendley & Com has 0.85% invested in Becton, Dickinson and Company (NYSE:BDX). Garrison Fincl reported 24,125 shares stake. Pitcairn, a Pennsylvania-based fund reported 3,789 shares. Citadel Advsrs Ltd Liability Corp holds 0.03% of its portfolio in Becton, Dickinson and Company (NYSE:BDX) for 198,508 shares. Penbrook Ltd Liability Company invested in 0.8% or 4,150 shares. First Bankshares Of Mount Dora Trust Inv Service holds 23,883 shares or 2.25% of its portfolio. Meiji Yasuda Life Insurance Com stated it has 5,300 shares or 0.16% of all its holdings. Cooke & Bieler LP holds 1.18% or 304,003 shares in its portfolio. Stifel Financial reported 557,838 shares. 250 were reported by Cardinal Cap Mgmt.

Since February 23, 2018, it had 0 insider purchases, and 4 sales for $2.59 million activity. On Tuesday, March 13 the insider Polen Thomas E Jr sold $426,079. 176 shares valued at $38,416 were sold by RING TIMOTHY M on Friday, February 23. Gallagher John E had sold 5,355 shares worth $1.21M on Tuesday, February 27. The insider Borzi James W sold 4,048 shares worth $910,726.

West Oak Capital Llc increased Bank Of America Corp (NYSE:BAC) stake by 405 shares to 7,789 valued at $229.93 million in 2017Q4. It also upped Munich Re Adr (MURGY) stake by 540 shares and now owns 1,530 shares. Exxon Mobil Corporation (NYSE:XOM) was raised too.

The stock decreased 2.56% or $1.7 during the last trading session, reaching $64.7. About 502,333 shares traded or 117.51% up from the average. Applied Industrial Technologies, Inc. (AIT) has risen 19.34% since April 29, 2017 and is uptrending. It has outperformed by 7.79% the S&P500.

Since January 1, 0001, it had 0 insider purchases, and 4 insider sales for $1.42 million activity.

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