Shares of Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE:A) saw an uptick in trading volume on Tuesday . 1,614,493 shares traded hands during 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 number of equities analysts recently weighed in on the stock. Goldman Sachs Group Inc. reissued a “buy” rating and set a $50.00 target price on shares of Agilent Technologies in a research note on Thursday. Evercore ISI lifted their target price on shares of Agilent Technologies from $50.00 to $53.00 and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a research note on Thursday. Cowen and Company lifted their target price on shares of Agilent Technologies from $49.00 to $51.00 and gave the stock an “outperform” rating in a research note on Thursday. BTIG Research reissued a “buy” rating and set a $55.00 target price on shares of Agilent Technologies in a research note on Thursday. Finally, Zacks Investment Research downgraded shares of Agilent Technologies from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Tuesday, July 19th. Seven research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and eight have given a buy rating to the company. Agilent Technologies has an average rating of “Buy” and a consensus target price of $47.18.

The firm has a 50-day moving average of $46.65 and a 200-day moving average of $42.49. The stock has a market cap of $15.21 billion and a price-to-earnings ratio of 33.233.

Agilent Technologies (NYSE:A) last posted its quarterly earnings results on Wednesday, August 17th. The company reported $0.49 EPS for the quarter, beating the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.47 by $0.02. The firm had revenue of $1.04 billion for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $1.05 billion. The company’s quarterly revenue was up 3.0% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same quarter in the prior year, the company earned $0.44 earnings per share. On average, equities analysts predict that Agilent Technologies Inc. will post $1.91 EPS for the current year.

In other Agilent Technologies news, Director James Cullen sold 16,697 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction on Friday, May 27th. The shares were sold at an average price of $45.78, for a total value of $764,388.66. Following the completion of 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 document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through the SEC website.

Several hedge funds and institutional investors have modified their holdings of A. Connor Clark & Lunn Investment Management Ltd. raised its position in shares of 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 last quarter. RS Investment Management Co. LLC increased its stake 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 period. BlackRock Advisors LLC increased its stake in shares of Agilent Technologies by 20.6% in the fourth quarter. BlackRock Advisors LLC now owns 1,436,820 shares of the company’s stock valued at $60,074,000 after buying an additional 245,066 shares during the period. Westfield Capital Management Co. LP increased its stake in shares of Agilent Technologies by 9.0% in the fourth quarter. Westfield Capital Management Co. LP now owns 852,544 shares of the company’s stock valued at $35,645,000 after buying an additional 70,044 shares during the period. Finally, I.G. Investment Management LTD. increased its stake in shares of Agilent Technologies by 43.0% in the fourth quarter. I.G. Investment Management LTD. now owns 166,115 shares of the company’s stock valued at $6,945,000 after buying an additional 49,942 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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