Agilent Technologies (NYSE:A) Getting Somewhat Positive Press Coverage, Report Finds

News headlines about Agilent Technologies (NYSE:A) have trended somewhat positive this week, according to Accern Sentiment. The research group rates the sentiment of news coverage by reviewing more than twenty million news and blog sources. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Agilent Technologies earned a media sentiment score of 0.17 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned media coverage about the medical research company an impact score of 43.9506644655735 out of 100, indicating that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the near future.

Here are some of the news headlines that may have effected Accern Sentiment’s rankings:

Shares of Agilent Technologies (NYSE:A) opened at 59.33 on Friday. The company has a 50 day moving average of $60.10 and a 200-day moving average of $55.69. The company has a market cap of $19.06 billion, a PE ratio of 33.35 and a beta of 1.30. Agilent Technologies has a 12-month low of $42.92 and a 12-month high of $61.84.

Agilent Technologies (NYSE:A) last issued its earnings results on Monday, May 22nd. The medical research company reported $0.58 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, topping 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 company had revenue of $1.10 billion for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $1.05 billion. During the same quarter last year, the company posted $0.44 earnings per share. The firm’s quarterly revenue was up 8.1% on a year-over-year basis. Equities research analysts anticipate that Agilent Technologies will post $2.23 earnings per share for the current year.

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

A number of equities analysts have issued reports on the company. Barclays PLC reiterated a “buy” rating and set a $67.00 price target on shares of Agilent Technologies in a research note on Wednesday, July 19th. Wells Fargo & Company upgraded Agilent Technologies from a “market perform” rating to an “outperform” rating and lifted their price target for the company from $42.92 to $60.73 in a research note on Wednesday, July 12th. Deutsche Bank AG reiterated a “buy” rating and set a $66.00 price target on shares of Agilent Technologies in a research note on Thursday, June 22nd. BidaskClub upgraded Agilent Technologies from a “buy” rating to a “strong-buy” rating in a research note on Sunday, August 6th. Finally, Morgan Stanley reissued an “overweight” rating on shares of Agilent Technologies in a research report on Monday, July 10th. Two research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and fourteen have given a buy rating to the company’s stock. Agilent Technologies has a consensus rating of “Buy” and a consensus price target of $60.12.

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In other Agilent Technologies news, CEO Michael R. Mcmullen sold 50,000 shares of the stock in a transaction that occurred on Tuesday, May 23rd. The shares were sold at an average price of $59.86, for a total value of $2,993,000.00. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which can be accessed through this hyperlink. Also, Director James Cullen sold 15,482 shares of the stock in a transaction that occurred on Wednesday, May 24th. The stock was sold at an average price of $59.04, for a total transaction of $914,057.28. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders sold 112,608 shares of company stock worth $6,737,509 in the last 90 days.

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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