NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Becton Dickinson today said that its board of directors has increased the quarterly dividend to $.37 per common share, up $.04 from the previous quarter.

Shareholders of record on Dec. 14 will be paid the dividend on Jan. 4, 2010, the firm said. BD said that the indicated annual dividend for fiscal 2010 is $1.48 per share.

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