SOURCE: Brighton Markets

February 24, 2012 09:00 ET

2012 Economic Outlook - Report Highlights Becton, Dickinson and Co. and Health Management Associates, Inc.

HONG KONG--(Marketwire - Feb 24, 2012) - Today, announced new reports highlighting Becton, Dickinson and Co. (NYSE: BDX) and Health Management Associates, Inc. (NYSE: HMA). Gain market insight with full analysis and research downloads available at

Economic fundamentals leading into 2012 have set a generally positive pace with GDP growth likely to pick up through the coming year. However, there are several important caveats to note as the world economy continues to face headwinds and risks weigh to the downside. Positive outlooks are conditional on fiscal policy in payroll taxes and unemployment insurance benefits and upon the easing of the European debt situation. A repeat of volatility experienced in 2011 is likely in 2012, as perceptions about the strength of the U.S. economy and the euro zone will vary over time as events unfold.

Despite the current situation, our team continues to identify high momentum situations with growth potential -- there remains strong opportunity within careful discretion.

Brighton Markets is releasing new coverage on Becton, Dickinson and Co. for its current position within the healthcare industry. Becton, Dickinson and Company (BD) is a global medical technology company engaged in the development, manufacture and sale of medical devices, instrument systems and reagents used by healthcare institutions, life science researchers, clinical laboratories, the pharmaceutical industry and the general public. The full research report on Becton, Dickinson and Co. (NYSE: BDX) is available here:

Brighton Markets has released research on Health Management Associates, Inc. for its changing role within the healthcare industry. Health Management Associates, Inc., through its subsidiaries, operates general acute care hospitals in non-urban communities. The full research report on Health Management Associates, Inc. (NYSE: HMA) is available here:

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