Agilent Technologies (NYSE:A) is set to post its quarterly earnings results after the market closes on Monday, February 12th. Analysts expect Agilent Technologies to post earnings of $0.60 per share for the quarter. Agilent Technologies has set its Q1 guidance at $0.55-0.57 EPS and its FY18 guidance at $2.50-2.56 EPS.

Agilent Technologies (NYSE:A) last announced its quarterly earnings data on Monday, November 20th. The medical research company reported $0.67 earnings per share for the quarter, beating the consensus estimate of $0.62 by $0.05. Agilent Technologies had a net margin of 15.30% and a return on equity of 16.95%. The firm had revenue of $1.19 billion for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $1.17 billion. During the same quarter in the prior year, the business earned $0.59 earnings per share. The business’s quarterly revenue was up 7.0% compared to the same quarter last year. On average, analysts expect Agilent Technologies to post $3 EPS for the current fiscal year and $3 EPS for the next fiscal year.

Agilent Technologies (NYSE:A) opened at $66.98 on Friday. Agilent Technologies has a fifty-two week low of $50.00 and a fifty-two week high of $75.00. The firm has a market cap of $21,640.00, a PE ratio of 32.05, a PEG ratio of 2.05 and a beta of 1.28. The company has a current ratio of 3.30, a quick ratio of 2.85 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.37.

The business also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Wednesday, January 24th. Stockholders of record on Tuesday, January 2nd were issued a dividend of $0.149 per share. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Friday, December 29th. This represents a $0.60 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 0.89%. This is a positive change from Agilent Technologies’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.13. Agilent Technologies’s dividend payout ratio is currently 28.71%.

A number of equities research analysts recently weighed in on the stock. Robert W. Baird restated a “buy” rating and issued a $76.00 target price on shares of Agilent Technologies in a report on Thursday, January 18th. Cowen restated a “hold” rating and issued a $70.00 target price on shares of Agilent Technologies in a report on Wednesday, November 22nd. Evercore ISI assumed coverage on shares of Agilent Technologies in a report on Wednesday, January 3rd. They issued an “outperform” rating and a $75.00 target price on the stock. Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of Agilent Technologies from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $76.00 target price on the stock in a report on Tuesday, October 31st. Finally, Barclays restated a “buy” rating and issued a $74.00 target price on shares of Agilent Technologies in a report on Monday, January 8th. Six equities research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and eleven have issued a buy rating to the stock. Agilent Technologies currently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and an average target price of $69.25.

In other news, CEO Michael R. Mcmullen sold 43,703 shares of the stock in a transaction that occurred on Friday, January 5th. The shares were sold at an average price of $70.00, for a total transaction of $3,059,210.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the chief executive officer now directly owns 302,837 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $21,198,590. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through this hyperlink. Also, VP Mark Doak sold 4,154 shares of the stock in a transaction that occurred on Tuesday, December 5th. The shares were sold at an average price of $67.00, for a total transaction of $278,318.00. Following the transaction, the vice president now directly owns 68,270 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $4,574,090. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. In the last quarter, insiders sold 219,991 shares of company stock valued at $15,468,795.

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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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