Agilent Technologies Inc (NYSE:A) SVP Sells $541,604.00 in Stock

Agilent Technologies Inc (NYSE:A) SVP Michael Tang sold 6,728 shares of the stock in a transaction that occurred on Wednesday, March 27th. The shares were sold at an average price of $80.50, for a total transaction of $541,604.00. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is available at the SEC website.

Shares of A traded up $0.74 during mid-day trading on Friday, reaching $76.17. The stock had a trading volume of 2,874,195 shares, compared to its average volume of 1,737,020. The company has a current ratio of 3.39, a quick ratio of 2.79 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.36. Agilent Technologies Inc has a 52-week low of $60.42 and a 52-week high of $82.27. The firm has a market capitalization of $24.19 billion, a P/E ratio of 27.30, a P/E/G ratio of 2.12 and a beta of 1.38.

Agilent Technologies (NYSE:A) last announced its quarterly earnings data on Wednesday, February 20th. The medical research company reported $0.76 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.73 by $0.03. The firm had revenue of $1.28 billion during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $1.27 billion. Agilent Technologies had a net margin of 22.86% and a return on equity of 19.90%. Agilent Technologies’s quarterly revenue was up 6.0% on a year-over-year basis. During the same quarter in the prior year, the firm posted $0.66 earnings per share. Equities research analysts predict that Agilent Technologies Inc will post 3.06 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

The business also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Wednesday, April 24th. Shareholders of record on Tuesday, April 2nd will be paid a dividend of $0.164 per share. This represents a $0.66 annualized dividend and a yield of 0.86%. The ex-dividend date is Monday, April 1st. Agilent Technologies’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is presently 23.66%.

A number of analysts have recently issued reports on the stock. Needham & Company LLC began coverage on shares of Agilent Technologies in a research note on Wednesday, January 2nd. They issued a “buy” rating and a $77.00 price objective for the company. UBS Group started coverage on shares of Agilent Technologies in a research note on Friday, March 15th. They issued a “buy” rating and a $92.00 price objective for the company. Alembic Global Advisors lowered shares of Agilent Technologies to a “hold” rating in a report on Monday, December 31st. Deutsche Bank lifted their price objective on shares of Agilent Technologies from $80.00 to $85.00 and gave the company a “buy” rating in a report on Tuesday, February 12th. Finally, Cowen lifted their price objective on shares of Agilent Technologies from $80.00 to $90.00 and gave the stock an “outperform” rating in a research report on Tuesday, March 26th. Two research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and thirteen have issued a buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock has a consensus rating of “Buy” and a consensus price target of $87.17.

A number of hedge funds have recently made changes to their positions in A. Captrust Financial Advisors lifted its position in shares of Agilent Technologies by 2,121.1% during the fourth quarter. Captrust Financial Advisors now owns 422 shares of the medical research company’s stock worth $29,000 after purchasing an additional 403 shares in the last quarter. Lake Point Wealth Management acquired a new stake in shares of Agilent Technologies during the fourth quarter worth about $30,000. JOYN Advisors Inc. lifted its position in shares of Agilent Technologies by 186.6% during the fourth quarter. JOYN Advisors Inc. now owns 470 shares of the medical research company’s stock worth $32,000 after purchasing an additional 306 shares in the last quarter. We Are One Seven LLC acquired a new stake in shares of Agilent Technologies during the fourth quarter worth about $33,000. Finally, Truehand Inc acquired a new stake in shares of Agilent Technologies during the fourth quarter worth about $33,000.

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About Agilent Technologies

Agilent Technologies, Inc provides application focused solutions to the life sciences, diagnostics, and applied chemical markets worldwide. It operates through three segments: Life Sciences and Applied Markets, Diagnostics and Genomics, and Agilent CrossLab. The Life Sciences and Applied Markets segment offers liquid chromatography systems and components; liquid chromatography mass spectrometry systems; gas chromatography systems and components; gas chromatography mass spectrometry systems; inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry instruments; atomic absorption instruments; microwave plasma-atomic emission spectrometry instruments; inductively coupled plasma optical emission spectrometry instruments; raman spectroscopy; cell analysis plate based assays; flow cytometer; real-time cell analyzer; laboratory software and information management and analytics; laboratory automation and robotic systems; dissolution testing; vacuum pumps; and measurement technologies.

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