Shell Asset Management Co. Sells 5,380 Shares of Agilent Technologies, Inc. (NYSE:A)

Shell Asset Management Co. reduced its position in Agilent Technologies, Inc. (NYSE:A) by 8.9% during the second quarter, according to its most recent 13F filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The institutional investor owned 55,367 shares of the medical research company’s stock after selling 5,380 shares during the period. Shell Asset Management Co.’s holdings in Agilent Technologies were worth $3,284,000 as of its most recent filing with the SEC.

Other institutional investors also recently modified their holdings of the company. Cribstone Capital Management LLC boosted its stake in shares of Agilent Technologies by 2.3% in the first quarter. Cribstone Capital Management LLC now owns 2,359 shares of the medical research company’s stock valued at $125,000 after buying an additional 54 shares during the last quarter. Fox Run Management L.L.C. boosted its stake in Agilent Technologies by 111.0% in the first quarter. Fox Run Management L.L.C. now owns 21,947 shares of the medical research company’s stock worth $1,160,000 after buying an additional 11,547 shares during the last quarter. Private Trust Co. NA boosted its stake in Agilent Technologies by 2.1% in the first quarter. Private Trust Co. NA now owns 7,660 shares of the medical research company’s stock worth $404,000 after buying an additional 161 shares during the last quarter. Capstone Asset Management Co. boosted its stake in Agilent Technologies by 7.4% in the first quarter. Capstone Asset Management Co. now owns 43,126 shares of the medical research company’s stock worth $2,280,000 after buying an additional 2,990 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Quadrant Capital Group LLC boosted its stake in Agilent Technologies by 0.9% in the first quarter. Quadrant Capital Group LLC now owns 5,470 shares of the medical research company’s stock worth $284,000 after buying an additional 50 shares during the last quarter.

Agilent Technologies, Inc. (A) opened at 61.25 on Friday. The firm has a market cap of $19.72 billion, a PE ratio of 31.59 and a beta of 1.30. Agilent Technologies, Inc. has a 12-month low of $42.92 and a 12-month high of $62.42. The firm’s 50-day moving average is $60.30 and its 200 day moving average is $56.14.

Agilent Technologies (NYSE:A) last issued its quarterly earnings results on Tuesday, August 15th. The medical research company reported $0.59 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating the consensus estimate of $0.52 by $0.07. Agilent Technologies had a return on equity of 16.95% and a net margin of 14.36%. The business had revenue of $1.11 billion for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $1.09 billion. During the same quarter in the prior year, the firm posted $0.49 earnings per share. The firm’s revenue for the quarter was up 6.7% compared to the same quarter last year. Equities research analysts predict that Agilent Technologies, Inc. will post $2.31 EPS for the current year.

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A has been the subject of a number of research analyst reports. Morgan Stanley reiterated an “overweight” rating on shares of Agilent Technologies in a research note on Monday, July 10th. Jefferies Group LLC increased their price objective on shares of Agilent Technologies from $59.00 to $66.00 and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a research note on Tuesday, May 23rd. Deutsche Bank AG restated a “buy” rating and set a $66.00 price target on shares of Agilent Technologies in a research report on Thursday, June 22nd. BTIG Research raised their price target 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. Finally, Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of Agilent Technologies from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $63.00 price target on the stock in a research report on Tuesday, May 16th. Three equities research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and thirteen have issued a buy rating to the company’s stock. Agilent Technologies currently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and a consensus target price of $63.18.

In related news, CFO Didier Hirsch sold 5,710 shares of the stock in a transaction dated Thursday, June 1st. The stock was sold at an average price of $60.60, for a total transaction of $346,026.00. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available through this hyperlink. Also, insider Dominique Grau sold 13,007 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Wednesday, August 16th. The shares were sold at an average price of $62.00, for a total value of $806,434.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the insider now owns 60,098 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $3,726,076. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders sold 125,615 shares of company stock valued at $7,543,943 over the last 90 days.

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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