Agilent Technologies, Inc. (NYSE:A) will release its earnings data after the market closes on Monday, November 13th. Analysts expect Agilent Technologies to post earnings of $0.63 per share for the quarter. Agilent Technologies has set its Q4 guidance at $0.60-0.62 EPS.
Agilent Technologies (NYSE:A) last released its earnings results on Tuesday, August 15th. The medical research company reported $0.59 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, topping the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.52 by $0.07. The company had revenue of $1.11 billion during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $1.09 billion. Agilent Technologies had a net margin of 14.36% and a return on equity of 16.95%. The firm’s quarterly revenue was up 6.7% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same period in the prior year, the firm posted $0.49 EPS. On average, analysts expect Agilent Technologies to post $2 EPS for the current fiscal year and $3 EPS for the next fiscal year.
Shares of Agilent Technologies, Inc. (A) opened at $66.81 on Friday. The stock has a market cap of $21,580.00, a P/E ratio of 29.74, a P/E/G ratio of 2.67 and a beta of 1.28. Agilent Technologies, Inc. has a fifty-two week low of $42.92 and a fifty-two week high of $68.67. The company has a quick ratio of 2.76, a current ratio of 3.22 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.39.
The company also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Wednesday, October 25th. Investors of record on Tuesday, October 3rd were issued a $0.132 dividend. This represents a $0.53 annualized dividend and a yield of 0.79%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Monday, October 2nd. Agilent Technologies’s dividend payout ratio is 27.32%.
Several research firms have weighed in on A. 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 note on Tuesday, October 31st. Robert W. Baird restated a “buy” rating and issued a $70.00 price target on shares of Agilent Technologies in a research note on Friday, October 20th. Cowen and Company restated a “hold” rating and issued a $65.00 price target on shares of Agilent Technologies in a research note on Thursday, September 28th. Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. (The) restated a “neutral” rating and issued a $68.00 price target on shares of Agilent Technologies in a research note on Tuesday, September 26th. Finally, Bank of America Corporation upped their price target on Agilent Technologies from $66.00 to $68.00 and gave the stock an “equal weight” rating in a research note on Wednesday, August 16th. Four analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and eleven have issued a buy rating to the stock. The company presently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and a consensus price target of $66.70.
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In related news, CFO Didier Hirsch sold 1,200 shares of the stock in a transaction on Wednesday, September 13th. The stock was sold at an average price of $66.00, for a total transaction of $79,200.00. Following the sale, the chief financial officer now owns 164,202 shares in the company, valued at approximately $10,837,332. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is accessible through this link. Also, CEO Michael R. Mcmullen sold 16,492 shares of the stock in a transaction on Thursday, September 14th. The shares were sold at an average price of $65.33, for a total value of $1,077,422.36. Following the sale, the chief executive officer now owns 211,872 shares in the company, valued at approximately $13,841,597.76. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders have sold a total of 165,720 shares of company stock valued at $10,488,739 over the last quarter.
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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