Shares of Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE:A) hit a new 52-week high on Wednesday . The company traded as high as $46.82 and last traded at $46.44, with a volume of 1,147,388 shares. The stock had previously closed at $46.53.

A has been the subject of a number of research reports. Goldman Sachs Group Inc. upped their price target on shares of Agilent Technologies to $47.00 in a research report on Wednesday, March 23rd. BTIG Research raised shares of Agilent Technologies to a “buy” rating and set a $50.00 price target for the company in a research report on Tuesday, May 17th. Zacks Investment Research raised shares of Agilent Technologies from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $47.00 price target for the company in a research report on Monday, April 25th. TheStreet raised shares of Agilent Technologies from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research report on Thursday, March 24th. Finally, Leerink Swann reissued a “buy” rating and issued a $51.00 price objective (up from $44.00) on shares of Agilent Technologies in a research report on Tuesday, May 17th. Six equities research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating, eight have given a buy rating and two have assigned a strong buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock presently has an average rating of “Buy” and a consensus price target of $46.18.

The firm has a 50 day moving average of $45.29 and a 200-day moving average of $41.01. The firm has a market cap of $15.23 billion and a PE ratio of 33.29.

Agilent Technologies (NYSE:A) last announced its earnings results on Monday, May 16th. The company reported $0.44 earnings per share for the quarter, topping the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.39 by $0.05. During the same period in the prior year, the firm posted $0.38 earnings per share. The company earned $1.02 billion during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $983.08 million. The company’s revenue was up 5.8% on a year-over-year basis. Equities research analysts expect that Agilent Technologies Inc. will post $1.91 EPS for the current year.

The business also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Wednesday, July 27th. Shareholders of record on Tuesday, July 5th will be paid a $0.115 dividend. This represents a $0.46 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 0.98%. The ex-dividend date is Thursday, June 30th.

In other Agilent Technologies news, SVP Dominique Grau sold 10,322 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction dated Wednesday, May 11th. The shares were sold at an average price of $43.00, for a total value of $443,846.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the senior vice president now directly owns 46,268 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $1,989,524. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is available at this hyperlink. Also, CEO Michael R. Mcmullen sold 124,411 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction dated Thursday, May 19th. The stock was sold at an average price of $44.46, for a total transaction of $5,531,313.06. Following the completion of the transaction, the chief executive officer now directly owns 171,473 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $7,623,689.58. The disclosure for this sale can be found here.

Several institutional investors recently made changes to their positions in the company. Mastrapasqua Asset Management Inc. increased its position in shares of Agilent Technologies by 1.7% in the fourth quarter. Mastrapasqua Asset Management Inc. now owns 53,876 shares of the company’s stock worth $2,253,000 after buying an additional 926 shares in the last quarter. Eaton Vance Management boosted its stake in shares of Agilent Technologies by 0.5% in the fourth quarter. Eaton Vance Management now owns 602,277 shares of the company’s stock valued at $25,181,000 after buying an additional 3,108 shares in the last quarter. OppenheimerFunds Inc. acquired a new stake in shares of Agilent Technologies during the fourth quarter valued at approximately $18,550,000. Winton Capital Group Ltd boosted its stake in shares of Agilent Technologies by 23.5% in the fourth quarter. Winton Capital Group Ltd now owns 1,360,557 shares of the company’s stock valued at $56,885,000 after buying an additional 258,539 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Gulf International Bank UK Ltd boosted its stake in shares of Agilent Technologies by 2.4% in the fourth quarter. Gulf International Bank UK Ltd now owns 97,406 shares of the company’s stock valued at $4,073,000 after buying an additional 2,280 shares in the last quarter.

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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