Aperio Group LLC raised its position in shares of Agilent Technologies Inc (NYSE:A) by 3.5% during the 4th quarter, according to the company in its most recent 13F filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission. The firm owned 288,093 shares of the medical research company’s stock after purchasing an additional 9,859 shares during the quarter. Aperio Group LLC’s holdings in Agilent Technologies were worth $19,294,000 at the end of the most recent quarter.
Other large investors have also recently made changes to their positions in the company. Dupont Capital Management Corp acquired a new position in shares of Agilent Technologies in the third quarter worth $101,000. Balentine LLC increased its stake in shares of Agilent Technologies by 2.9% in the second quarter. Balentine LLC now owns 1,794 shares of the medical research company’s stock worth $106,000 after acquiring an additional 50 shares during the last quarter. Front Row Advisors LLC acquired a new position in shares of Agilent Technologies in the fourth quarter worth $106,000. Prudential PLC acquired a new position in shares of Agilent Technologies in the second quarter worth $211,000. Finally, Steward Partners Investment Advisory LLC acquired a new position in shares of Agilent Technologies in the third quarter worth $213,000.
Shares of Agilent Technologies Inc (NYSE:A) opened at $68.22 on Tuesday. The company has a current ratio of 3.30, a quick ratio of 2.85 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.37. Agilent Technologies Inc has a fifty-two week low of $48.96 and a fifty-two week high of $75.00. The stock has a market cap of $21,960.00, a PE ratio of 32.64, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 2.15 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 (EPS) for the quarter, beating the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.62 by $0.05. Agilent Technologies had a net margin of 15.30% and a return on equity of 16.95%. The company had revenue of $1.19 billion during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $1.17 billion. During the same period in the prior year, the company earned $0.59 earnings per share. The business’s quarterly revenue was up 7.0% compared to the same quarter last year. equities research analysts predict that Agilent Technologies Inc will post 2.58 EPS for the current fiscal year.
The company also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Wednesday, January 24th. Shareholders of record on Tuesday, January 2nd were issued a dividend of $0.149 per share. This represents a $0.60 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 0.87%. This is a boost from Agilent Technologies’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.13. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Friday, December 29th. Agilent Technologies’s dividend payout ratio is 28.71%.
In related news, CEO Michael R. Mcmullen sold 21,850 shares of the stock in a transaction dated Monday, January 29th. The shares were sold at an average price of $75.00, for a total value of $1,638,750.00. Following the completion of the sale, the chief executive officer now owns 324,687 shares in the company, valued at $24,351,525. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which can be accessed through this link. Also, insider Patrick Kaltenbach sold 7,358 shares of the stock in a transaction dated Wednesday, November 22nd. The shares were 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 owns 72,862 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $5,047,879.36. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders have sold 219,991 shares of company stock valued at $15,468,795 over the last 90 days.
Several research firms have commented on A. Robert W. Baird reissued a “buy” rating and set a $76.00 target price on shares of Agilent Technologies in a research report on Thursday, January 18th. Barclays reissued a “buy” rating and set a $74.00 target price on shares of Agilent Technologies in a research report on Monday, January 8th. Evercore ISI began coverage on shares of Agilent Technologies in a research report on Wednesday, January 3rd. They set an “outperform” rating and a $75.00 target price on the stock. ValuEngine downgraded shares of Agilent Technologies from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Friday, December 1st. Finally, Cowen reissued a “hold” rating and set a $70.00 target price on shares of Agilent Technologies in a research report on Wednesday, November 22nd. Six investment analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and eleven have issued a buy rating to the company’s stock. The company has a consensus rating of “Buy” and an average target price of $69.25.
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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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