Shares of Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE:A) saw unusually-high trading volume on Tuesday . Approximately 1,614,493 shares were traded during mid-day trading, an increase of 0% from the previous session’s volume of 1,609,664 shares.The stock last traded at $48.43 and had previously closed at $48.44.

A has been the topic of a number of research analyst reports. Zacks Investment Research raised Agilent Technologies from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $47.00 target price on the stock in a research note on Monday, April 25th. Goldman Sachs Group Inc. upgraded shares of Agilent Technologies from a “buy” rating to a “conviction-buy” rating and upped their price target for the company from $47.00 to $49.00 in a research report on Wednesday, May 11th. Jefferies Group restated a “buy” rating and set a $51.00 price target (up from $46.00) on shares of Agilent Technologies in a research report on Tuesday, May 17th. Barclays PLC upped their price target on shares of Agilent Technologies from $42.00 to $45.00 and gave the company an “equal weight” rating in a research report on Tuesday, May 17th. Finally, Evercore ISI restated a “buy” rating and set a $48.00 price target (up from $43.00) on shares of Agilent Technologies in a research report on Tuesday, May 17th. Seven equities research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating, seven have given a buy rating and one has issued a strong buy rating to the company. The company has a consensus rating of “Buy” and a consensus target price of $46.61.

The firm has a market capitalization of $15.72 billion and a price-to-earnings ratio of 34.34. The firm’s 50-day moving average price is $46.50 and its 200 day moving average price is $42.44.

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

The firm also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Wednesday, July 27th. Stockholders of record on Tuesday, July 5th were issued a $0.115 dividend. The ex-dividend date was Thursday, June 30th. This represents a $0.46 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 0.95%.

In related news, Director James Cullen sold 16,697 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction dated 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 approximately $4,239,823.14. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is accessible through the SEC website. Also, CEO Michael R. Mcmullen sold 124,411 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction dated Thursday, May 19th. The shares were sold at an average price of $44.46, for a total transaction of $5,531,313.06. Following the transaction, the chief executive officer now owns 171,473 shares in the company, valued at $7,623,689.58. The disclosure for this sale can be found here.

Other institutional investors have recently modified their holdings of the company. RS Investment Management Co. LLC increased its position in shares of Agilent Technologies by 44.8% in the fourth quarter. RS Investment Management Co. LLC now owns 1,883,670 shares of the company’s stock valued at $78,756,000 after buying an additional 582,400 shares during the last quarter. Connor Clark & Lunn Investment Management Ltd. boosted its stake in Agilent Technologies by 43.5% in the fourth quarter. Connor Clark & Lunn Investment Management Ltd. now owns 164,500 shares of the company’s stock valued at $6,878,000 after buying an additional 49,900 shares during the period. Advantus Capital Management Inc boosted its stake in Agilent Technologies by 3.4% in the fourth quarter. Advantus Capital Management Inc now owns 31,875 shares of the company’s stock valued at $1,333,000 after buying an additional 1,037 shares during the period. Mitsubishi UFJ Kokusai Asset Management CO. LTD. boosted its stake in Agilent Technologies by 5.2% in the fourth quarter. Mitsubishi UFJ Kokusai Asset Management CO. LTD. now owns 44,006 shares of the company’s stock valued at $1,840,000 after buying an additional 2,161 shares during the period. Finally, Aberdeen Asset Management PLC UK boosted its stake in Agilent Technologies by 20.2% in the fourth quarter. Aberdeen Asset Management PLC UK now owns 80,871 shares of the company’s stock valued at $2,919,000 after buying an additional 13,589 shares during the period.

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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