Agilent Technologies (NYSE:A) issued an update on its fourth quarter earnings guidance on Wednesday morning. The company provided earnings per share guidance of $0.84-$0.86 for the period, compared to the Thomson Reuters consensus earnings per share estimate of $0.87. The company issued revenue guidance of $1.31-$1.33 billion, compared to the consensus revenue estimate of $1.34 billion.Agilent Technologies also updated its FY 2019 guidance to $3.07-3.09 EPS.

Shares of NYSE:A traded down $2.05 during trading on Wednesday, reaching $65.59. The stock had a trading volume of 3,508,500 shares, compared to its average volume of 2,303,427. Agilent Technologies has a 52 week low of $61.01 and a 52 week high of $82.27. The firm has a 50-day simple moving average of $70.86. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.35, a current ratio of 3.41 and a quick ratio of 2.82. The company has a market cap of $21.47 billion, a PE ratio of 23.51, a PEG ratio of 1.91 and a beta of 1.41.

Agilent Technologies (NYSE:A) last posted its earnings results on Wednesday, August 14th. The medical research company reported $0.76 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.72 by $0.04. Agilent Technologies had a net margin of 22.25% and a return on equity of 19.71%. The company had revenue of $1.27 billion during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $1.24 billion. During the same quarter in the previous year, the company posted $0.67 earnings per share. Agilent Technologies’s quarterly revenue was up 5.6% compared to the same quarter last year. Equities research analysts anticipate that Agilent Technologies will post 3.05 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

The company also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Wednesday, July 24th. Stockholders of record on Tuesday, July 2nd were paid a $0.164 dividend. This represents a $0.66 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 1.00%. The ex-dividend date was Monday, July 1st. Agilent Technologies’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is currently 23.66%.

A has been the subject of several research analyst reports. ValuEngine cut shares of Agilent Technologies from a buy rating to a hold rating in a research report on Friday, July 12th. Zacks Investment Research cut shares of Agilent Technologies from a hold rating to a sell rating and set a $71.00 price objective for the company. in a research report on Tuesday, July 16th. Deutsche Bank dropped their price objective on shares of Agilent Technologies from $90.00 to $85.00 and set a buy rating for the company in a research report on Wednesday, May 15th. Bank of America cut shares of Agilent Technologies from a buy rating to a neutral rating and set a $76.00 price objective for the company. in a research report on Tuesday, July 16th. Finally, Barclays cut shares of Agilent Technologies from an overweight rating to an equal weight rating and dropped their price objective for the stock from $86.00 to $78.00 in a research report on Monday, July 15th. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, five have assigned a hold rating and ten have given a buy rating to the company. Agilent Technologies presently has an average rating of Buy and an average target price of $83.92.

Agilent Technologies Company Profile

Agilent Technologies, Inc provides application focused solutions to the life sciences, diagnostics, and applied chemical markets worldwide. It operates through three segments: Life Sciences and Applied Markets, Diagnostics and Genomics, and Agilent CrossLab. The Life Sciences and Applied Markets segment offers liquid chromatography systems and components; liquid chromatography mass spectrometry systems; gas chromatography systems and components; gas chromatography mass spectrometry systems; inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry instruments; atomic absorption instruments; microwave plasma-atomic emission spectrometry instruments; inductively coupled plasma optical emission spectrometry instruments; raman spectroscopy; cell analysis plate based assays; flow cytometer; real-time cell analyzer; laboratory software and information management and analytics; laboratory automation and robotic systems; dissolution testing; vacuum pumps; and measurement technologies.

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