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Equities researchers at Goldman Sachs initiated coverage on shares of Agilent Technologies (NYSE:A) in a research report issued on Monday. The firm set a “neutral” rating on the stock.

In other Agilent Technologies news, SVP Jean Halloran sold 78,130 shares of Agilent Technologies stock on the open market in a transaction that occurred on Tuesday, June 17th. The shares were sold at an average price of $59.13, for a total transaction of $4,619,826.90. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is available at this link.

Several other analysts have also recently commented on the stock. Analysts at Bank of America reiterated a “buy” rating on shares of Agilent Technologies in a research note on Thursday, May 15th. They now have a $64.00 price target on the stock, down previously from $65.00. Separately, analysts at Zacks reiterated a “neutral” rating on shares of Agilent Technologies in a research note on Wednesday, May 14th. They now have a $60.00 price target on the stock. Finally, analysts at Jefferies Group reiterated a “buy” rating on shares of Agilent Technologies in a research note on Monday, May 12th. They now have a $66.00 price target on the stock, down previously from $67.00. Four research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating, nine have issued a buy rating and one has assigned a strong buy rating to the company’s stock. The company has an average rating of “Buy” and an average target price of $61.33.

Shares of Agilent Technologies (NYSE:A) traded down 1.00% during mid-day trading on Monday, hitting $58.18. 677,803 shares of the company’s stock traded hands. Agilent Technologies has a 1-year low of $42.01 and a 1-year high of $61.22. The stock has a 50-day moving average of $56.84 and a 200-day moving average of $56.66. The company has a market cap of $19.389 billion and a P/E ratio of 27.81.

Agilent Technologies (NYSE:A) last released its earnings data on Wednesday, May 14th. The company reported $0.72 EPS for the quarter, missing the Thomson Reuters consensus estimate of $0.73 by $0.01. The company had revenue of $1.74 billion for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $1.73 billion. During the same quarter in the prior year, the company posted $0.77 earnings per share. The company’s quarterly revenue was down .1% on a year-over-year basis. Analysts expect that Agilent Technologies will post $3.07 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The company also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which is scheduled for Wednesday, July 23rd. Stockholders of record on Tuesday, July 1st will be given a dividend of $0.132 per share. This represents a $0.53 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 0.90%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Friday, June 27th.

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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