New Mexico Educational Retirement Board lowered its position in Agilent Technologies, Inc. (NYSE:A) by 8.3% during the second quarter, according to its most recent Form 13F filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The fund owned 29,993 shares of the medical research company’s stock after selling 2,700 shares during the period. New Mexico Educational Retirement Board’s holdings in Agilent Technologies were worth $1,793,000 at the end of the most recent reporting period.

Several other hedge funds and other institutional investors have also modified their holdings of the company. Cribstone Capital Management LLC boosted its stake in 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 worth $125,000 after buying an additional 54 shares in the last quarter. Trust Co. of Vermont boosted its stake in Agilent Technologies by 8.1% in the first quarter. Trust Co. of Vermont now owns 2,743 shares of the medical research company’s stock worth $145,000 after buying an additional 205 shares in the last quarter. CENTRAL TRUST Co boosted its stake in Agilent Technologies by 15.3% in the first quarter. CENTRAL TRUST Co now owns 2,994 shares of the medical research company’s stock worth $158,000 after buying an additional 398 shares in the last quarter. Penserra Capital Management LLC boosted its stake in Agilent Technologies by 9.5% in the first quarter. Penserra Capital Management LLC now owns 3,496 shares of the medical research company’s stock worth $184,000 after buying an additional 304 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Genovese Burford & Brothers Wealth & Retirement Plan Management LLC boosted its stake in Agilent Technologies by 17.2% in the second quarter. Genovese Burford & Brothers Wealth & Retirement Plan Management LLC now owns 3,319 shares of the medical research company’s stock worth $196,000 after buying an additional 486 shares in the last quarter.

Shares of Agilent Technologies, Inc. (A) opened at 59.33 on Friday. Agilent Technologies, Inc. has a 12 month low of $42.92 and a 12 month high of $61.84. The company has a market capitalization of $19.06 billion, a PE ratio of 33.35 and a beta of 1.30. The firm has a 50-day moving average price of $60.10 and a 200-day moving average price of $55.69.

Agilent Technologies (NYSE:A) last posted its quarterly earnings data on Monday, May 22nd. The medical research company reported $0.58 EPS for the quarter, topping the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.48 by $0.10. Agilent Technologies had a return on equity of 16.49% and a net margin of 13.41%. The firm had revenue of $1.10 billion for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $1.05 billion. During the same quarter last year, the company earned $0.44 EPS. The company’s revenue was up 8.1% on a year-over-year basis. On average, equities research analysts predict that Agilent Technologies, Inc. will post $2.23 EPS for the current year.

The business also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Wednesday, July 26th. Shareholders of record on Monday, July 3rd were paid a dividend of $0.132 per share. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Thursday, June 29th. This represents a $0.53 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 0.89%. Agilent Technologies’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is presently 29.78%.

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A number of analysts have recently issued reports on the company. BidaskClub cut Agilent Technologies from a “strong-buy” rating to a “buy” rating in a research report on Saturday. Jefferies Group LLC restated a “buy” rating and set a $66.00 price objective on shares of Agilent Technologies in a research report on Wednesday. Barclays PLC restated a “buy” rating and set a $67.00 price objective on shares of Agilent Technologies in a research report on Wednesday, July 19th. Wells Fargo & Company upgraded Agilent Technologies from a “market perform” rating to an “outperform” rating and boosted their price objective for the company from $42.92 to $60.73 in a research report on Wednesday, July 12th. Finally, Morgan Stanley restated an “overweight” rating on shares of Agilent Technologies in a research report on Monday, July 10th. Two equities research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and fourteen have given a buy rating to the stock. The stock currently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and a consensus target price of $60.12.

In other news, insider Mark Doak sold 21,851 shares of Agilent Technologies stock in a transaction on Tuesday, May 30th. The stock was sold at an average price of $60.00, for a total value of $1,311,060.00. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which is available at this hyperlink. Also, insider Patrick Kaltenbach sold 5,000 shares of Agilent Technologies stock in a transaction on Thursday, July 13th. The shares were sold at an average price of $61.26, for a total value of $306,300.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the insider now owns 45,138 shares in the company, valued at approximately $2,765,153.88. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. In the last 90 days, insiders have sold 112,608 shares of company stock worth $6,737,509.

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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