Investment House LLC continued to hold its stake in shares of Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE:A) during the second quarter, according to its most recent Form 13F filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The institutional investor owned 15,005 shares of the company’s stock at the end of the second quarter. Investment House LLC’s holdings in Agilent Technologies were worth $666,000 as of its most recent filing with the SEC.

Other hedge funds also recently modified their holdings of the company. JFS Wealth Advisors LLC boosted its stake in Agilent Technologies by 7,555.6% in the second quarter. JFS Wealth Advisors LLC now owns 3,445 shares of the company’s stock valued at $153,000 after buying an additional 3,400 shares during the last quarter. Bank of Montreal Can acquired a new stake in Agilent Technologies during the second quarter valued at $9,054,000. Shell Asset Management Co. boosted its stake in Agilent Technologies by 184.8% in the second quarter. Shell Asset Management Co. now owns 48,479 shares of the company’s stock valued at $2,151,000 after buying an additional 31,458 shares during the last quarter. Meeder Asset Management Inc. acquired a new stake in Agilent Technologies during the second quarter valued at $1,164,000. Finally, Robeco Institutional Asset Management B.V. boosted its stake in Agilent Technologies by 264.9% in the second quarter. Robeco Institutional Asset Management B.V. now owns 202,094 shares of the company’s stock valued at $8,965,000 after buying an additional 146,710 shares during the last quarter.

Shares of Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE:A) traded up 1.37% during midday trading on Thursday, hitting $46.67. The stock had a trading volume of 1,307,074 shares. Agilent Technologies Inc. has a 52-week low of $33.12 and a 52-week high of $48.63. The company’s 50 day moving average is $46.85 and its 200 day moving average is $44.10. The company has a market cap of $15.14 billion, a PE ratio of 32.36 and a beta of 1.41.

Agilent Technologies (NYSE:A) last announced its quarterly earnings data on Wednesday, August 17th. The company reported $0.49 EPS for the quarter, beating the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.47 by $0.02. Agilent Technologies had a return on equity of 14.97% and a net margin of 11.59%. The business had revenue of $1.04 billion for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $1.05 billion. During the same period in the previous year, the business earned $0.44 earnings per share. The business’s revenue was up 3.0% on a year-over-year basis. On average, analysts anticipate that Agilent Technologies Inc. will post $1.91 earnings per share for the current year.

The company also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Wednesday, October 26th. Investors of record on Tuesday, October 4th will be given a $0.115 dividend. The ex-dividend date is Friday, September 30th. This represents a $0.46 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 0.99%. Agilent Technologies’s dividend payout ratio is currently 31.72%.

Several analysts have weighed in on A shares. Cowen and Company reaffirmed an “outperform” rating and issued a $49.00 price target (up previously from $47.00) on shares of Agilent Technologies in a report on Thursday, May 26th. Leerink Swann reaffirmed a “buy” rating on shares of Agilent Technologies in a report on Thursday, May 26th. BTIG Research reaffirmed a “buy” rating and issued a $50.00 price target on shares of Agilent Technologies in a report on Sunday, May 29th. Deutsche Bank AG began coverage on Agilent Technologies in a research report on Wednesday, June 1st. They set a “hold” rating on the stock. Finally, Barclays PLC reiterated a “hold” rating and set a $45.00 price objective on shares of Agilent Technologies in a research report on Wednesday, June 8th. Seven research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and eight have assigned a buy rating to the company’s stock. The company presently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and a consensus target price of $48.32.

In related news, Director Heidi Fields sold 8,072 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction dated Tuesday, September 6th. The stock was sold at an average price of $46.99, for a total value of $379,303.28. Following the sale, the director now directly owns 51,836 shares in the company, valued at $2,435,773.64. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available through this link. Also, insider Patrick Kaltenbach sold 2,000 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction dated Wednesday, August 31st. The stock was sold at an average price of $47.00, for a total value of $94,000.00. Following the completion of the sale, the insider now owns 22,463 shares in the company, valued at $1,055,761. The disclosure for this sale can be found here.

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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