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Agilent Technologies (NYSE:A) SVP Michael Mcmullen sold 4,402 shares of Agilent Technologies stock on the open market in a transaction dated Monday, December 30th. The shares were sold at an average price of $57.39, for a total value of $252,630.78. Following the sale, the senior vice president now directly owns 76,213 shares in the company, valued at approximately $4,373,864. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which is available at this link.

A number of analysts have recently weighed in on A shares. Analysts at Cowen and Company raised their price target on shares of Agilent Technologies from $57.00 to $65.00 in a research note to investors on Wednesday, December 18th. Separately, analysts at Jefferies Group raised their price target on shares of Agilent Technologies from $60.00 to $65.00 in a research note to investors on Tuesday, December 17th. Finally, analysts at ISI Group raised their price target on shares of Agilent Technologies to $63.00 in a research note to investors on Friday, November 15th. They now have a “strong-buy” rating on the stock. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, four have assigned a hold rating, ten have given a buy rating and one has assigned a strong buy rating to the company. The company currently has an average rating of “Buy” and a consensus target price of $55.80.

Shares of Agilent Technologies (NYSE:A) traded down 1.52% during mid-day trading on Thursday, hitting $56.32. 1,216,252 shares of the company’s stock traded hands. Agilent Technologies has a 1-year low of $40.19 and a 1-year high of $57.94. The stock’s 50-day moving average is $54.78 and its 200-day moving average is $49.62. The company has a market cap of $18.687 billion and a P/E ratio of 27.23.

Agilent Technologies (NYSE:A) last released its earnings data on Thursday, November 14th. The company reported $0.81 EPS for the quarter, beating the Thomson Reuters consensus estimate of $0.76 by $0.05. The company had revenue of $1.72 billion for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $1.71 billion. During the same quarter in the prior year, the company posted $0.86 earnings per share. The company’s quarterly revenue was down 2.8% on a year-over-year basis.

The company also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which is scheduled for Wednesday, January 22nd. Stockholders of record on Tuesday, December 31st will be paid a dividend of 0.132 per share. This represents a $0.53 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 0.92%. The ex-dividend date is Friday, December 27th. This is a boost from Agilent Technologies’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.12.

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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