NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Mizuho Securities analyst Peter Lawson today downgraded the stock of Becton Dickinson from Buy to Neutral.

Lawson noted that BD's shares, which closed at $83.94 on the New York Stock Exchange Monday, are within 4 percent of Mizuho's $87 price target. He noted that the firm's stock has risen 9 percent over the past three months and 12 percent over the past six months and no longer trades at a discount to its historical Price-t0-earnings multiple.

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