News headlines about Agilent Technologies (NYSE:A) have trended somewhat positive recently, Accern Sentiment reports. The research group identifies negative and positive press coverage by monitoring more than twenty million blog and news sources. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Agilent Technologies earned a daily sentiment score of 0.22 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned media headlines about the medical research company an impact score of 45.5714333397028 out of 100, meaning that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the near term.

These are some of the media headlines that may have effected Accern’s analysis:

Agilent Technologies (NYSE:A) traded down 1.86% during mid-day trading on Thursday, hitting $58.57. The stock had a trading volume of 2,471,473 shares. The firm has a market cap of $18.82 billion, a P/E ratio of 32.92 and a beta of 1.30. Agilent Technologies has a 12-month low of $42.92 and a 12-month high of $61.84. The stock has a 50-day moving average price of $60.17 and a 200 day moving average price of $55.58.

Agilent Technologies (NYSE:A) last posted its quarterly earnings results on Monday, May 22nd. The medical research company reported $0.58 EPS for the quarter, beating the consensus estimate of $0.48 by $0.10. The business had revenue of $1.10 billion during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $1.05 billion. Agilent Technologies had a return on equity of 16.49% and a net margin of 13.41%. The company’s quarterly revenue was up 8.1% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same period last year, the firm earned $0.44 EPS. Equities analysts anticipate that Agilent Technologies will post $2.23 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The firm also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Wednesday, July 26th. Stockholders of record on Monday, July 3rd were issued a $0.132 dividend. The ex-dividend date was Thursday, June 29th. This represents a $0.53 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 0.90%. Agilent Technologies’s dividend payout ratio is currently 29.78%.

A number of equities research analysts recently commented on A shares. Zacks Investment Research raised Agilent Technologies from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $63.00 target price for the company in a report on Tuesday, May 16th. Deutsche Bank AG boosted their price target on Agilent Technologies from $58.00 to $62.00 and gave the company a “buy” rating in a report on Monday, May 22nd. Cowen and Company boosted their price target on Agilent Technologies from $53.00 to $62.00 and gave the company a “market perform” rating in a report on Tuesday, May 23rd. Jefferies Group LLC boosted their price target on Agilent Technologies from $59.00 to $66.00 and gave the company a “buy” rating in a report on Tuesday, May 23rd. Finally, Robert W. Baird boosted their price target on Agilent Technologies from $57.00 to $62.00 and gave the company an “outperform” rating in a report on Wednesday, May 24th. Two equities research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating, thirteen have assigned a buy rating and one has issued a strong buy rating to the company. The company has a consensus rating of “Buy” and an average target price of $60.12.

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In other news, Director Paul N. Clark sold 3,866 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Thursday, May 25th. The stock was sold at an average price of $59.05, for a total value of $228,287.30. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available through this link. Also, CEO Michael R. Mcmullen sold 50,000 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Tuesday, May 23rd. The shares were sold at an average price of $59.86, for a total value of $2,993,000.00. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders sold a total of 112,608 shares of company stock valued at $6,737,509 over the last three months.

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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