Agilent Technologies Sees Unusually Large Options Volume (A)
Shares of Agilent Technologies (NYSE:A) saw unusually large options trading activity on Friday. Stock traders bought 10,433 put options on the stock, AnalystRatings.NET reports. This represents an increase of approximately 633% compared to the average daily volume of 1,423 put options.
A number of research firms have recently commented on A. Analysts at Stifel Nicolaus downgraded shares of Agilent Technologies from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note to investors on Tuesday, October 1st. They now have a $52.00 price target on the stock. They noted that the move was a valuation call. Separately, analysts at Barclays raised their price target on shares of Agilent Technologies from $52.00 to $58.00 in a research note to investors on Friday, September 20th. They now have an “overweight” rating on the stock. Finally, analysts at UBS AG raised their price target on shares of Agilent Technologies from $50.00 to $57.00 in a research note to investors on Friday, September 20th. They now have a “buy” rating on the stock. They noted that the move was a valuation call. One analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, four have assigned a hold rating, twelve have issued a buy rating and one has issued a strong buy rating to the company’s stock. Agilent Technologies has a consensus rating of “Buy” and a consensus target price of $53.50.
Agilent Technologies (NYSE:A) opened at 51.87 on Monday. Agilent Technologies has a 52 week low of $35.38 and a 52 week high of $49.02. The stock’s 50-day moving average is $46.86 and its 200-day moving average is $44.35. The company has a market cap of $17.158 billion and a P/E ratio of 19.30.
Agilent Technologies (NYSE:A) last posted its quarterly earnings results on Wednesday, August 14th. The company reported $0.68 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating the consensus estimate of $0.62 by $0.06. The company had revenue of $1.65 billion for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $1.64 billion. During the same quarter in the previous year, the company posted $0.79 earnings per share. The company’s revenue for the quarter was down 4.1% on a year-over-year basis. On average, analysts predict that Agilent Technologies will post $2.84 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.
Agilent Technologies, Inc (NYSE:A) is a measurement company providing bio-analytical and electronic measurement solutions to the communications, electronics, life sciences and chemical analysis industries.
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