Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE:A) announced a quarterly dividend on Wednesday, September 21st. Investors of record on Tuesday, October 4th will be paid a dividend of 0.115 per share on Wednesday, October 26th. This represents a $0.46 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 1.00%.

Agilent Technologies (NYSE:A) traded up 0.72% during midday trading on Wednesday, reaching $46.04. 1,612,609 shares of the company traded hands. The firm has a market capitalization of $14.93 billion, a PE ratio of 31.93 and a beta of 1.41. The company’s 50-day moving average price is $46.89 and its 200 day moving average price is $44.06. Agilent Technologies has a 12 month low of $33.12 and a 12 month high of $48.63.

Agilent Technologies (NYSE:A) last announced its quarterly earnings data on Wednesday, August 17th. The company reported $0.49 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating the consensus estimate of $0.47 by $0.02. The company had revenue of $1.04 billion for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $1.05 billion. Agilent Technologies had a net margin of 11.59% and a return on equity of 14.97%. Agilent Technologies’s revenue was up 3.0% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same period in the previous year, the company posted $0.44 EPS. On average, equities analysts anticipate that Agilent Technologies will post $1.91 earnings per share for the current year.

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A number of analysts recently issued reports on the stock. Zacks Investment Research downgraded shares of Agilent Technologies from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Tuesday, August 23rd. Cowen and Company reissued an “outperform” rating and set a $49.00 price target (up from $47.00) on shares of Agilent Technologies in a report on Thursday, May 26th. BTIG Research assumed coverage on shares of Agilent Technologies in a report on Friday, July 22nd. They set a “buy” rating and a $55.00 price target on the stock. Evercore ISI increased their price target on shares of Agilent Technologies from $50.00 to $53.00 and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a report on Thursday, August 18th. Finally, Barclays PLC reissued a “hold” rating and set a $45.00 price target on shares of Agilent Technologies in a report on Wednesday, June 8th. Seven equities research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and eight have given a buy rating to the company. The company has an average rating of “Buy” and an average price target of $48.32.

In other Agilent Technologies news, Director James Cullen sold 13,574 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction on Monday, August 22nd. The shares were sold at an average price of $47.52, for a total transaction of $645,036.48. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which can be accessed through this hyperlink. Also, Director Boon Hwee Koh sold 5,298 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction on Wednesday, August 24th. The stock was sold at an average price of $47.66, for a total transaction of $252,502.68. The disclosure for this sale can be found here.

Several large investors have recently modified their holdings of the company. Wetherby Asset Management Inc. raised its stake in Agilent Technologies by 0.9% in the second quarter. Wetherby Asset Management Inc. now owns 5,067 shares of the company’s stock valued at $225,000 after buying an additional 43 shares in the last quarter. Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken AB publ increased its position in shares of Agilent Technologies by 0.3% in the second quarter. Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken AB publ now owns 67,233 shares of the company’s stock valued at $2,982,000 after buying an additional 200 shares during the last quarter. Advantus Capital Management Inc increased its position in shares of Agilent Technologies by 0.6% in the second quarter. Advantus Capital Management Inc now owns 31,876 shares of the company’s stock valued at $1,414,000 after buying an additional 201 shares during the last quarter. Ameritas Investment Partners Inc. increased its position in shares of Agilent Technologies by 5.4% in the second quarter. Ameritas Investment Partners Inc. now owns 6,480 shares of the company’s stock valued at $287,000 after buying an additional 332 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Bank of Nova Scotia increased its position in shares of Agilent Technologies by 5.5% in the second quarter. Bank of Nova Scotia now owns 6,546 shares of the company’s stock valued at $290,000 after buying an additional 340 shares during the last quarter.

Agilent Technologies Company Profile

Agilent Technologies, Inc provides application focused solutions that include instruments, software, services and consumables for the entire laboratory workflow. The Company serves the life sciences, diagnostics and applied chemical markets. It has three business segments: life sciences and applied markets business, diagnostics and genomics business, and Agilent CrossLab business.

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