Shares of Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE:A) reached a new 52-week high on Tuesday . The stock traded as high as $47.00 and last traded at $46.98, with a volume of 2,585,419 shares changing hands. The stock had previously closed at $46.80.

Several analysts have weighed in on A shares. Goldman Sachs Group Inc. lifted their price objective on Agilent Technologies to $47.00 in a research report on Wednesday, March 23rd. BTIG Research raised Agilent Technologies to a “buy” rating and set a $50.00 price objective on the stock in a research report on Tuesday, May 17th. Zacks Investment Research raised Agilent Technologies from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $47.00 price objective on the stock in a research report on Monday, April 25th. TheStreet raised Agilent Technologies from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research report on Thursday, March 24th. Finally, Leerink Swann reaffirmed a “buy” rating and set a $51.00 price objective (up from $44.00) on shares of Agilent Technologies in a research report on Tuesday, May 17th. Seven research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating, seven have issued a buy rating and two have issued a strong buy rating to the company. Agilent Technologies currently has an average rating of “Buy” and a consensus price target of $46.18.

The company has a market capitalization of $15.29 billion and a price-to-earnings ratio of 33.41. The firm’s 50 day moving average price is $45.40 and its 200 day moving average price is $41.11.

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

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

In other news, Director James Cullen sold 16,697 shares of the stock in a transaction that occurred on Friday, May 27th. The shares were sold at an average price of $45.78, for a total transaction of $764,388.66. Following the transaction, the director now directly owns 92,613 shares in the company, valued at $4,239,823.14. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is available through the SEC website. Also, SVP Dominique Grau sold 10,322 shares of the stock in a transaction that occurred on Wednesday, May 11th. The shares were sold at an average price of $43.00, for a total transaction of $443,846.00. Following the transaction, the senior vice president now owns 46,268 shares in the company, valued at $1,989,524. The disclosure for this sale can be found here.

Several institutional investors have added to or reduced their stakes in the stock. Commerzbank Aktiengesellschaft FI increased its position in Agilent Technologies by 72.2% in the fourth quarter. Commerzbank Aktiengesellschaft FI now owns 24,835 shares of the company’s stock worth $1,038,000 after buying an additional 10,412 shares in the last quarter. Employees Retirement System of Texas increased its position in Agilent Technologies by 25.0% in the fourth quarter. Employees Retirement System of Texas now owns 25,000 shares of the company’s stock worth $1,045,000 after buying an additional 5,000 shares in the last quarter. Advantus Capital Management Inc increased its position in Agilent Technologies by 3.4% in the fourth quarter. Advantus Capital Management Inc now owns 31,875 shares of the company’s stock worth $1,333,000 after buying an additional 1,037 shares in the last quarter. Advisors Asset Management Inc. increased its position in Agilent Technologies by 0.5% in the fourth quarter. Advisors Asset Management Inc. now owns 32,792 shares of the company’s stock worth $1,371,000 after buying an additional 161 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Suntrust Banks Inc. increased its position in Agilent Technologies by 28.8% in the fourth quarter. Suntrust Banks Inc. now owns 33,943 shares of the company’s stock worth $1,418,000 after buying an additional 7,597 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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