Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE:A) insider Patrick Kaltenbach sold 2,000 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction on Friday, September 30th. The stock was sold at an average price of $47.30, for a total transaction of $94,600.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the insider now directly owns 22,463 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $1,062,499.90. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available at this hyperlink.

Patrick Kaltenbach also recently made the following trade(s):

  • On Wednesday, August 31st, Patrick Kaltenbach sold 2,000 shares of Agilent Technologies stock. The stock was sold at an average price of $47.00, for a total transaction of $94,000.00.

Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE:A) opened at 46.83 on Wednesday. Agilent Technologies Inc. has a 1-year low of $34.15 and a 1-year high of $48.63. The stock has a 50 day moving average of $46.66 and a 200 day moving average of $44.63. The stock has a market capitalization of $15.19 billion, a P/E ratio of 32.48 and a beta of 1.35.

Agilent Technologies (NYSE:A) last announced its quarterly earnings data on Wednesday, August 17th. The company reported $0.49 EPS for the quarter, topping the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.47 by $0.02. The company earned $1.04 billion during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $1.05 billion. Agilent Technologies had a net margin of 11.59% and a return on equity of 14.97%. Agilent Technologies’s quarterly revenue was up 3.0% on a year-over-year basis. During the same quarter in the prior year, the firm earned $0.44 EPS. On average, analysts expect that Agilent Technologies Inc. will post $1.91 earnings per share for the current year.

Insider Buying and Selling by Quarter for Agilent Technologies (NYSE:A)

The company also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Wednesday, October 26th. Shareholders of record on Tuesday, October 4th will be given a dividend of $0.115 per share. The ex-dividend date is Friday, September 30th. This represents a $0.46 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 0.98%. Agilent Technologies’s payout ratio is currently 31.72%.

Several brokerages recently issued reports on A. Goldman Sachs Group Inc. reissued a “buy” rating and set a $50.00 target price on shares of Agilent Technologies in a report on Thursday, August 18th. Evercore ISI raised their price target on shares of Agilent Technologies from $50.00 to $53.00 and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research report on Thursday, August 18th. Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of Agilent Technologies from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $53.00 price target on the stock in a research report on Monday, August 22nd. BTIG Research restated a “buy” rating and set a $55.00 price target on shares of Agilent Technologies in a research report on Thursday, August 18th. Finally, Barclays PLC restated a “hold” rating and set a $45.00 price target on shares of Agilent Technologies in a research report on Wednesday, June 8th. Seven equities research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and eight have assigned a buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock presently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and an average target price of $48.32.

Institutional investors have recently made changes to their positions in the company. Vanguard Group Inc. increased its position in shares of Agilent Technologies by 2.5% in the second quarter. Vanguard Group Inc. now owns 20,664,381 shares of the company’s stock worth $916,673,000 after buying an additional 494,723 shares during the last quarter. State Street Corp increased its position in shares of Agilent Technologies by 0.4% in the second quarter. State Street Corp now owns 13,160,306 shares of the company’s stock worth $583,792,000 after buying an additional 50,941 shares during the last quarter. BlackRock Institutional Trust Company N.A. increased its position in shares of Agilent Technologies by 2.2% in the first quarter. BlackRock Institutional Trust Company N.A. now owns 8,917,030 shares of the company’s stock worth $355,344,000 after buying an additional 192,431 shares during the last quarter. BlackRock Fund Advisors increased its position in shares of Agilent Technologies by 2.9% in the second quarter. BlackRock Fund Advisors now owns 5,492,514 shares of the company’s stock worth $243,648,000 after buying an additional 157,286 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Primecap Management Co. CA increased its position in shares of Agilent Technologies by 0.9% in the first quarter. Primecap Management Co. CA now owns 5,172,590 shares of the company’s stock worth $206,128,000 after buying an additional 43,720 shares during 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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