British Columbia Investment Management Corp cut its position in shares of Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE:A) by 10.5% during the third quarter, according to its most recent Form 13F filing with the SEC. The fund owned 176,709 shares of the company’s stock after selling 20,762 shares during the period. British Columbia Investment Management Corp owned about 0.05% of Agilent Technologies worth $8,321,000 as of its most recent SEC filing.

Other large investors also recently made changes to their positions in the company. Cribstone Capital Management LLC acquired a new stake in shares of Agilent Technologies during the second quarter worth approximately $102,000. ClariVest Asset Management LLC acquired a new stake in shares of Agilent Technologies during the second quarter worth approximately $105,000. CENTRAL TRUST Co boosted its stake in shares of Agilent Technologies by 1.3% in the second quarter. CENTRAL TRUST Co now owns 2,596 shares of the company’s stock worth $115,000 after buying an additional 34 shares during the last quarter. Trust Department MB Financial Bank N A boosted its stake in shares of Agilent Technologies by 3,166.4% in the second quarter. Trust Department MB Financial Bank N A now owns 3,887 shares of the company’s stock worth $150,000 after buying an additional 3,768 shares during the last quarter. Finally, JFS Wealth Advisors LLC boosted its stake in shares of Agilent Technologies by 7,555.6% in the second quarter. JFS Wealth Advisors LLC now owns 3,445 shares of the company’s stock worth $153,000 after buying an additional 3,400 shares during the last quarter.

Institutional Ownership by Quarter for Agilent Technologies (NYSE:A)

Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE:A) traded up 2.18% during mid-day trading on Tuesday, hitting $44.55. 1,117,104 shares of the stock traded hands. Agilent Technologies Inc. has a 12-month low of $34.15 and a 12-month high of $48.63. The stock has a 50 day moving average price of $45.03 and a 200 day moving average price of $45.87. The firm has a market cap of $14.43 billion, a PE ratio of 31.82 and a beta of 1.29.

Agilent Technologies (NYSE:A) last issued its quarterly earnings data on Tuesday, November 15th. The company reported $0.59 earnings per share for the quarter, beating the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.52 by $0.07. The firm had revenue of $1.11 billion for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $1.07 billion. Agilent Technologies had a net margin of 10.99% and a return on equity of 15.50%. Agilent Technologies’s quarterly revenue was up 7.3% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same period last year, the firm posted $0.50 EPS. On average, analysts expect that Agilent Technologies Inc. will post $2.16 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

The company also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Wednesday, January 25th. Investors of record on Tuesday, January 3rd will be given a $0.132 dividend. The ex-dividend date is Thursday, December 29th. This is an increase from Agilent Technologies’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.12. This represents a $0.53 annualized dividend and a yield of 1.21%. Agilent Technologies’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is currently 32.62%.

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A has been the subject of several analyst reports. Zacks Investment Research raised shares of Agilent Technologies from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $52.00 price target for the company in a report on Wednesday, October 5th. Morgan Stanley set a $47.00 price target on shares of Agilent Technologies and gave the stock a “hold” rating in a report on Thursday, August 18th. Bank of America Corp. set a $51.00 price target on shares of Agilent Technologies and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a report on Friday, October 7th. Cowen and Company increased their price target on shares of Agilent Technologies from $49.00 to $51.00 and gave the stock an “outperform” rating in a report on Thursday, August 18th. Finally, Robert W. Baird increased their price target on shares of Agilent Technologies from $48.00 to $52.00 and gave the stock an “outperform” rating in a report on Thursday, August 18th. Five research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and nine have assigned a buy rating to the stock. The stock has a consensus rating of “Buy” and a consensus price target of $49.73.

In other Agilent Technologies news, Director Paul N. Clark sold 4,704 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction dated Friday, November 18th. The shares were sold at an average price of $45.31, for a total transaction of $213,138.24. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which is available through the SEC website. Also, insider Patrick Kaltenbach sold 2,000 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction dated Wednesday, August 31st. The stock was sold at an average price of $47.00, for a total transaction of $94,000.00. Following the sale, the insider now owns 22,463 shares in the company, valued at $1,055,761. The disclosure for this sale can be found here.

Agilent Technologies Company Profile

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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