Commerce Bank trimmed its holdings in shares of Agilent Technologies, Inc. (NYSE:A) by 19.8% during the third quarter, according to the company in its most recent Form 13F filing with the SEC. The fund owned 16,783 shares of the medical research company’s stock after selling 4,150 shares during the quarter. Commerce Bank’s holdings in Agilent Technologies were worth $1,078,000 as of its most recent filing with the SEC.

A number of other large investors have also recently bought and sold shares of the stock. JPMorgan Chase & Co. boosted its stake in Agilent Technologies by 45.2% in the second quarter. JPMorgan Chase & Co. now owns 12,145,610 shares of the medical research company’s stock valued at $720,358,000 after acquiring an additional 3,779,099 shares during the period. PNC Financial Services Group Inc. boosted its stake in Agilent Technologies by 720.6% in the second quarter. PNC Financial Services Group Inc. now owns 1,131,276 shares of the medical research company’s stock valued at $67,097,000 after acquiring an additional 993,414 shares during the period. Los Angeles Capital Management & Equity Research Inc. acquired a new position in shares of Agilent Technologies during the second quarter worth approximately $58,693,000. Voya Investment Management LLC boosted its position in shares of Agilent Technologies by 444.0% during the second quarter. Voya Investment Management LLC now owns 1,032,128 shares of the medical research company’s stock worth $61,215,000 after buying an additional 842,398 shares during the period. Finally, Janus Henderson Group PLC boosted its position in shares of Agilent Technologies by 2,135.0% during the second quarter. Janus Henderson Group PLC now owns 836,051 shares of the medical research company’s stock worth $49,587,000 after buying an additional 798,643 shares during the period.

Several equities analysts have recently issued reports on A shares. Jefferies Group LLC reiterated a “buy” rating and set a $66.00 price objective on shares of Agilent Technologies in a research report on Wednesday, August 9th. Zacks Investment Research upgraded Agilent Technologies from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $76.00 price objective for the company in a research report on Tuesday, October 31st. Robert W. Baird reiterated a “buy” rating and set a $70.00 price objective on shares of Agilent Technologies in a research report on Friday, October 20th. Janney Montgomery Scott boosted their target price on Agilent Technologies from $65.00 to $70.00 and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a report on Wednesday, August 16th. Finally, BidaskClub cut Agilent Technologies from a “strong-buy” rating to a “buy” rating in a report on Saturday, August 12th. Five analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and ten have issued a buy rating to the company. Agilent Technologies has an average rating of “Buy” and an average price target of $66.70.

In related news, CFO Didier Hirsch sold 15,555 shares of the stock in a transaction dated Friday, September 15th. The shares were sold at an average price of $66.00, for a total value of $1,026,630.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the chief financial officer now owns 178,557 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $11,784,762. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is accessible through the SEC website. Also, CEO Michael R. Mcmullen sold 16,492 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction dated Thursday, September 14th. The stock was sold at an average price of $65.33, for a total transaction of $1,077,422.36. Following the sale, the chief executive officer now directly owns 211,872 shares in the company, valued at $13,841,597.76. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders have sold 140,292 shares of company stock valued at $8,917,544 in the last ninety days.

Agilent Technologies, Inc. (NYSE:A) traded up $0.05 during trading on Monday, reaching $68.79. 1,823,100 shares of the company’s stock were exchanged, compared to its average volume of 1,826,623. The firm has a market cap of $22,138.55, a price-to-earnings ratio of 30.04, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 2.70 and a beta of 1.27. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.39, a quick ratio of 2.76 and a current ratio of 3.22. Agilent Technologies, Inc. has a 52-week low of $42.92 and a 52-week high of $69.09.

The business also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Wednesday, January 24th. Stockholders of record on Tuesday, January 2nd will be given a dividend of $0.149 per share. The ex-dividend date is Friday, December 29th. This represents a $0.60 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 0.87%. This is a positive change from Agilent Technologies’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.13. Agilent Technologies’s dividend payout ratio is currently 27.32%.

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Agilent Technologies 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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