Agilent Technologies (NYSE:A) Getting Favorable News Coverage, Accern Reports

News articles about Agilent Technologies (NYSE:A) have been trending positive this week, according to Accern Sentiment Analysis. The research group ranks the sentiment of media coverage by analyzing more than twenty million news and blog sources. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Agilent Technologies earned a daily sentiment score of 0.49 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned news stories about the medical research company an impact score of 0 out of 100, indicating that recent media coverage is extremely unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the immediate future.

Here are some of the news stories that may have impacted Accern Sentiment’s rankings:

Agilent Technologies (NYSE:A) opened at 59.63 on Monday. The firm has a 50 day moving average of $58.94 and a 200-day moving average of $52.92. The stock has a market cap of $19.16 billion, a PE ratio of 33.52 and a beta of 1.30. Agilent Technologies has a 52-week low of $42.92 and a 52-week high of $61.15.

Agilent Technologies (NYSE:A) last announced its earnings results on Monday, May 22nd. The medical research company reported $0.58 earnings per share for the quarter, beating the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.48 by $0.10. Agilent Technologies had a net margin of 13.41% and a return on equity of 16.49%. The business had revenue of $1.10 billion for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $1.05 billion. During the same quarter in the prior year, the firm posted $0.44 earnings per share. The business’s revenue for the quarter was up 8.1% on a year-over-year basis. Equities analysts anticipate that Agilent Technologies will post $2.23 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

The company also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Wednesday, July 26th. Stockholders of record on Monday, July 3rd will be paid a $0.132 dividend. This represents a $0.53 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 0.89%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Thursday, June 29th. Agilent Technologies’s dividend payout ratio is currently 29.78%.

Several research firms have recently weighed in on A. Morgan Stanley raised their price objective on shares of Agilent Technologies from $65.00 to $70.00 and gave the company an “overweight” rating in a research report on Wednesday, May 24th. Jefferies Group LLC restated a “buy” rating and set a $59.00 price objective on shares of Agilent Technologies in a research report on Friday, March 17th. BTIG Research raised their price objective on shares of Agilent Technologies from $57.00 to $65.00 and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research report on Wednesday, May 24th. Deutsche Bank AG lifted their target price on shares of Agilent Technologies from $58.00 to $62.00 and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a research report on Monday, May 22nd. Finally, Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of Agilent Technologies from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $63.00 target price on the stock in a research report on Tuesday, May 16th. One analyst has rated the stock with a hold rating and thirteen have issued a buy rating to the company. The stock currently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and a consensus target price of $59.62.

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In related news, Director Paul N. Clark sold 3,866 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction dated Thursday, May 25th. The shares were sold at an average price of $59.05, for a total value of $228,287.30. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which is accessible through this link. Also, insider Patrick Kaltenbach sold 2,000 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction dated Monday, April 24th. The stock was sold at an average price of $54.50, for a total transaction of $109,000.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the insider now directly owns 42,132 shares in the company, valued at approximately $2,296,194. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. In the last three months, insiders sold 147,119 shares of company stock worth $8,626,419.

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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