Aperio Group LLC grew its holdings in Agilent Technologies, Inc. (NYSE:A) by 2.1% in the third quarter, according to the company in its most recent 13F filing with the SEC. The institutional investor owned 278,234 shares of the medical research company’s stock after buying an additional 5,628 shares during the quarter. Aperio Group LLC owned 0.09% of Agilent Technologies worth $17,863,000 as of its most recent filing with the SEC.
Several other hedge funds have also made changes to their positions in A. Dimensional Fund Advisors LP raised its stake in shares of Agilent Technologies by 1.5% in the 1st quarter. Dimensional Fund Advisors LP now owns 1,156,150 shares of the medical research company’s stock valued at $61,128,000 after buying an additional 17,169 shares in the last quarter. BlueCrest Capital Management Ltd acquired a new stake in shares of Agilent Technologies during the 1st quarter worth about $253,000. HighTower Advisors LLC increased its position in shares of Agilent Technologies by 37.4% during the 1st quarter. HighTower Advisors LLC now owns 12,875 shares of the medical research company’s stock worth $678,000 after purchasing an additional 3,504 shares in the last quarter. FNY Partners Fund LP acquired a new stake in shares of Agilent Technologies during the 1st quarter worth about $264,000. Finally, Point72 Asset Management L.P. increased its position in shares of Agilent Technologies by 169.0% during the 1st quarter. Point72 Asset Management L.P. now owns 996,237 shares of the medical research company’s stock worth $52,671,000 after purchasing an additional 625,937 shares in the last quarter.
In other Agilent Technologies news, insider Mark Doak sold 12,421 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction dated Friday, August 18th. The stock was sold at an average price of $61.57, for a total transaction of $764,760.97. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is accessible through this hyperlink. Also, insider Dominique Grau sold 13,007 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction dated Wednesday, August 16th. The stock was sold at an average price of $62.00, for a total value of $806,434.00. Following the transaction, the insider now directly owns 60,098 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $3,726,076. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. In the last three months, insiders have sold 165,720 shares of company stock valued at $10,488,739.
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A number of equities research analysts recently issued reports on the stock. Robert W. Baird reiterated a “buy” rating and set a $70.00 target price on shares of Agilent Technologies in a research report on Friday, October 20th. Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of Agilent Technologies from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $74.00 target price for the company in a research report on Tuesday, October 10th. Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. (The) reiterated a “neutral” rating and set a $68.00 target price on shares of Agilent Technologies in a research report on Tuesday, September 26th. Cowen and Company reiterated a “hold” rating and set a $65.00 target price on shares of Agilent Technologies in a research report on Thursday, September 28th. Finally, Bank of America Corporation increased their target price on shares of Agilent Technologies from $66.00 to $68.00 and gave the stock an “equal weight” rating in a research report on Wednesday, August 16th. Four investment analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and twelve have assigned a buy rating to the company. The stock has an average rating of “Buy” and an average price target of $65.65.
Shares of Agilent Technologies, Inc. (A) opened at 67.97 on Monday. The company has a market cap of $21.87 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 35.05 and a beta of 1.30. Agilent Technologies, Inc. has a one year low of $42.92 and a one year high of $68.52. The firm’s 50-day moving average is $66.08 and its 200-day moving average is $60.92.
Agilent Technologies (NYSE:A) last issued its earnings results on Tuesday, August 15th. The medical research company reported $0.59 EPS for the quarter, topping the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.52 by $0.07. The firm had revenue of $1.11 billion during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $1.09 billion. Agilent Technologies had a return on equity of 16.95% and a net margin of 14.36%. The business’s quarterly revenue was up 6.7% on a year-over-year basis. During the same quarter in the previous year, the firm earned $0.49 earnings per share. Analysts expect that Agilent Technologies, Inc. will post $2.32 EPS for the current fiscal year.
The firm also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Wednesday, October 25th. Shareholders of record on Tuesday, October 3rd were paid a dividend of $0.132 per share. This represents a $0.53 annualized dividend and a yield of 0.78%. The ex-dividend date was Monday, October 2nd. Agilent Technologies’s payout ratio is 27.32%.
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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