Agilent Technologies (A) Releases Q2 Earnings Guidance

Agilent Technologies (NYSE:A) issued an update on its second quarter earnings guidance on Wednesday morning. The company provided earnings per share (EPS) guidance of $0.61-0.63 for the period, compared to the Thomson Reuters consensus estimate of $0.64. The company issued revenue guidance of $1.2-1.22 billion, compared to the consensus revenue estimate of $1.17 billion.Agilent Technologies also updated its FY18 guidance to $2.62-2.68 EPS.

Agilent Technologies (A) traded up $1.36 during trading hours on Wednesday, hitting $69.70. The company had a trading volume of 3,632,650 shares, compared to its average volume of 2,254,274. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.37, a current ratio of 3.30 and a quick ratio of 2.85. Agilent Technologies has a fifty-two week low of $50.56 and a fifty-two week high of $75.00. The firm has a market cap of $22,410.00, a price-to-earnings ratio of 33.19, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 2.07 and a beta of 1.28.

Agilent Technologies (NYSE:A) last released its quarterly earnings results on Monday, November 20th. The medical research company reported $0.67 earnings per share for the quarter, beating the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.62 by $0.05. Agilent Technologies had a return on equity of 16.95% and a net margin of 15.30%. The business had revenue of $1.19 billion during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $1.17 billion. During the same quarter last year, the company posted $0.59 EPS. Agilent Technologies’s revenue for the quarter was up 7.0% on a year-over-year basis. analysts anticipate that Agilent Technologies will post 2.58 EPS for the current year.

A has been the subject of a number of recent analyst reports. Zacks Investment Research upgraded Agilent Technologies from a hold rating to a buy rating and set a $76.00 price target for the company in a research report on Tuesday, October 31st. Robert W. Baird restated a buy rating and set a $70.00 price objective on shares of Agilent Technologies in a research report on Friday, October 20th. Cowen restated a hold rating and set a $70.00 price objective on shares of Agilent Technologies in a research report on Wednesday, November 22nd. Deutsche Bank set a $75.00 price objective on Agilent Technologies and gave the stock a buy rating in a research report on Tuesday, November 21st. Finally, JPMorgan Chase & Co. raised their price objective on Agilent Technologies to $75.00 and gave the stock an overweight rating in a research report on Tuesday, November 21st. Six research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and eleven have given a buy rating to the stock. Agilent Technologies currently has an average rating of Buy and a consensus price target of $69.25.

In other news, insider Patrick Kaltenbach sold 7,358 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction dated Wednesday, November 22nd. The stock was sold at an average price of $69.28, for a total transaction of $509,762.24. Following the completion of the sale, the insider now directly owns 72,862 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $5,047,879.36. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through the SEC website. Also, CEO Michael R. Mcmullen sold 43,703 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction dated Friday, January 5th. The stock was sold at an average price of $70.00, for a total value of $3,059,210.00. Following the sale, the chief executive officer now directly owns 302,837 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $21,198,590. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders have sold a total of 219,991 shares of company stock valued at $15,468,795 over the last ninety days.

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About Agilent Technologies

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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