Media coverage about Agilent Technologies (NYSE:A) has been trending somewhat positive on Friday, Accern reports. Accern rates the sentiment of press coverage by reviewing more than twenty million news and blog sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Agilent Technologies earned a news impact score of 0.11 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned news stories about the medical research company an impact score of 46.2154065143169 out of 100, indicating that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the next few days.

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

Shares of Agilent Technologies (A) opened at 65.92 on Friday. The firm has a market capitalization of $21.21 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 34.00 and a beta of 1.30. The stock has a 50 day moving average of $62.75 and a 200-day moving average of $58.31. Agilent Technologies has a one year low of $42.92 and a one year high of $66.45.

Agilent Technologies (NYSE:A) last announced its earnings results on Tuesday, August 15th. The medical research company reported $0.59 earnings per share for the quarter, beating the consensus estimate of $0.52 by $0.07. The business had revenue of $1.11 billion during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $1.09 billion. Agilent Technologies had a net margin of 14.36% and a return on equity of 16.95%. The business’s quarterly revenue was up 6.7% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same period in the prior year, the firm earned $0.49 earnings per share. On average, equities analysts anticipate that Agilent Technologies will post $2.32 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

The company also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Wednesday, October 25th. Stockholders of record on Tuesday, October 3rd will be paid a $0.132 dividend. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Monday, October 2nd. This represents a $0.53 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 0.80%. Agilent Technologies’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is presently 27.32%.

A has been the topic of a number of research reports. Jefferies Group LLC reiterated a “buy” rating and set a $66.00 target price on shares of Agilent Technologies in a report on Wednesday, August 9th. Deutsche Bank AG reiterated a “buy” rating and set a $66.00 target price on shares of Agilent Technologies in a report on Thursday, June 22nd. BidaskClub lowered shares of Agilent Technologies from a “strong-buy” rating to a “buy” rating in a report on Tuesday, June 13th. Barclays PLC reiterated a “buy” rating and set a $67.00 target price on shares of Agilent Technologies in a report on Wednesday, July 19th. Finally, Morgan Stanley reiterated an “overweight” rating on shares of Agilent Technologies in a report on Wednesday, August 16th. Three analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and twelve have issued a buy rating to the stock. The company has a consensus rating of “Buy” and an average target price of $63.91.

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In other Agilent Technologies news, CFO Didier Hirsch sold 1,200 shares of the stock in a transaction on Wednesday, September 13th. The shares were sold at an average price of $66.00, for a total transaction of $79,200.00. Following the transaction, the chief financial officer now directly owns 164,202 shares in the company, valued at approximately $10,837,332. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available at this hyperlink. Also, insider Dominique Grau sold 13,007 shares of the stock in a transaction on Wednesday, August 16th. The shares were sold at an average price of $62.00, for a total transaction of $806,434.00. Following the transaction, the insider now owns 60,098 shares in the company, valued at $3,726,076. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders have sold a total of 170,720 shares of company stock worth $10,795,039 over the last quarter.

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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