McAdam LLC bought a new stake in Agilent Technologies Inc (NYSE:A) during the first quarter, according to the company in its most recent filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission. The institutional investor bought 2,559 shares of the medical research company’s stock, valued at approximately $206,000.
Other hedge funds and other institutional investors have also recently modified their holdings of the company. Captrust Financial Advisors boosted its position in Agilent Technologies by 2,121.1% in the fourth quarter. Captrust Financial Advisors now owns 422 shares of the medical research company’s stock valued at $29,000 after buying an additional 403 shares during the last quarter. Lake Point Wealth Management purchased a new stake in Agilent Technologies in the 4th quarter worth approximately $30,000. JOYN Advisors Inc. boosted its position in Agilent Technologies by 186.6% in the 4th 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. Truehand Inc purchased a new stake in Agilent Technologies in the 4th quarter worth approximately $33,000. Finally, We Are One Seven LLC purchased a new stake in Agilent Technologies in the 4th quarter worth approximately $33,000.
In related news, Director Paul N. Clark sold 2,823 shares of the stock in a transaction on Wednesday, March 27th. The stock was sold at an average price of $80.31, for a total value of $226,715.13. Following the completion of the transaction, the director now directly owns 88,857 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $7,136,105.67. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which can be accessed through the SEC website. Also, CEO Michael R. Mcmullen sold 17,491 shares of the stock in a transaction on Wednesday, January 30th. The shares were sold at an average price of $75.00, for a total value of $1,311,825.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the chief executive officer now directly owns 456,430 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $34,232,250. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Over the last ninety days, insiders have sold 83,722 shares of company stock valued at $6,532,504.
Agilent Technologies (NYSE:A) last announced its earnings results on Wednesday, February 20th. The medical research company reported $0.76 earnings per share for the quarter, topping the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.73 by $0.03. The business had revenue of $1.28 billion during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $1.27 billion. Agilent Technologies had a return on equity of 19.90% and a net margin of 22.86%. The business’s quarterly revenue was up 6.0% on a year-over-year basis. During the same period in the prior year, the company posted $0.66 EPS. Analysts anticipate that Agilent Technologies Inc will post 3.06 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.
The firm also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Wednesday, April 24th. Stockholders 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 dividend yield of 0.87%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Monday, April 1st. Agilent Technologies’s payout ratio is 23.66%.
A has been the topic of several recent research reports. Needham & Company LLC restated a “buy” rating and issued a $88.00 price objective (up previously from $77.00) on shares of Agilent Technologies in a research report on Monday, February 25th. Zacks Investment Research upgraded Agilent Technologies from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $88.00 price objective on the stock in a research report on Friday, February 22nd. Janney Montgomery Scott restated a “buy” rating and issued a $90.00 price objective (up previously from $80.00) on shares of Agilent Technologies in a research report on Thursday, February 21st. Bank of America restated a “buy” rating and issued a $87.00 price objective (up previously from $78.00) on shares of Agilent Technologies in a research report on Thursday, February 21st. Finally, Deutsche Bank restated a “buy” rating and issued a $90.00 price objective on shares of Agilent Technologies in a research report on Thursday, February 21st. Two analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and thirteen have issued a buy rating to the stock. The company presently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and a consensus target price of $87.17.
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Agilent Technologies Profile
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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