Agilent Technologies (NYSE:A) Receiving Somewhat Favorable News Coverage, Study Shows

Press coverage about Agilent Technologies (NYSE:A) has been trending somewhat positive on Saturday, according to Accern. The research firm rates the sentiment of media coverage by reviewing more than 20 million blog and news sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Agilent Technologies earned a coverage optimism score of 0.15 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave press coverage about the medical research company an impact score of 42 out of 100, indicating that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the near term.

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

Shares of Agilent Technologies (NYSE A) traded up 0.28% during midday trading on Friday, reaching $60.08. 1,236,434 shares of the company’s stock traded hands. The stock has a 50 day moving average of $60.04 and a 200-day moving average of $54.90. The stock has a market cap of $19.31 billion, a P/E ratio of 33.77 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 posted its quarterly earnings data on Monday, May 22nd. The medical research company reported $0.58 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, topping analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.48 by $0.10. The company had revenue of $1.10 billion for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $1.05 billion. Agilent Technologies had a net margin of 13.41% and a return on equity of 16.49%. The firm’s revenue was up 8.1% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same quarter last year, the firm posted $0.44 earnings per share. On average, equities research analysts forecast that Agilent Technologies will post $2.23 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The firm also recently disclosed 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 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 0.88%. The ex-dividend date was Thursday, June 29th. Agilent Technologies’s payout ratio is 29.78%.

A number of research firms have recently issued reports on A. Wells Fargo & Company raised shares of Agilent Technologies from a “market perform” rating to an “outperform” rating and lifted their target price for the stock from $42.92 to $60.73 in a report on Wednesday, July 12th. BidaskClub raised shares of Agilent Technologies from a “buy” rating to a “strong-buy” rating in a report on Tuesday, July 11th. Robert W. Baird lifted their target price on shares of Agilent Technologies from $57.00 to $62.00 and gave the stock an “outperform” rating in a report on Wednesday, May 24th. Morgan Stanley reaffirmed an “overweight” rating on shares of Agilent Technologies in a report on Monday, July 10th. Finally, Jefferies Group LLC lifted their target price on shares of Agilent Technologies from $59.00 to $66.00 and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a report on Tuesday, May 23rd. Two analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating, thirteen have issued a buy rating and one has assigned a strong buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock has a consensus rating of “Buy” and an average price target of $60.12.

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In related news, CFO Didier Hirsch sold 5,710 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction on Thursday, June 1st. The shares were sold at an average price of $60.60, for a total value of $346,026.00. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through the SEC website. Also, insider Patrick Kaltenbach sold 5,000 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction on Thursday, July 13th. The shares were sold at an average price of $61.26, for a total transaction of $306,300.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the insider now directly owns 45,138 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $2,765,153.88. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. In the last 90 days, insiders have sold 150,119 shares of company stock worth $8,823,719.

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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