News stories about Agilent Technologies (NYSE:A) have trended positive recently, Accern Sentiment Analysis reports. The research firm rates the sentiment of media coverage by analyzing more than 20 million blog and news sources. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Agilent Technologies earned a media sentiment score of 0.36 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave news headlines about the medical research company an impact score of 44.8644985836314 out of 100, meaning that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the next several days.

These are some of the news headlines that may have impacted Accern Sentiment Analysis’s scoring:

Several equities research analysts have recently commented on the stock. Bank of America Corporation reiterated an “equal weight” rating on shares of Agilent Technologies in a research note on Tuesday, August 15th. BidaskClub downgraded shares of Agilent Technologies from a “strong-buy” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note on Monday, July 31st. Deutsche Bank AG set a $68.00 price objective on shares of Agilent Technologies and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a research note on Wednesday, August 16th. Morgan Stanley reiterated an “overweight” rating on shares of Agilent Technologies in a research note on Wednesday, August 16th. Finally, Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. (The) reiterated a “neutral” rating and set a $68.00 price objective on shares of Agilent Technologies in a research note on Tuesday, September 26th. Four equities research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and twelve have given a buy rating to the company’s stock. Agilent Technologies has an average rating of “Buy” and an average price target of $65.65.

Agilent Technologies (NYSE:A) opened at 66.88 on Friday. The firm has a 50 day moving average of $65.65 and a 200-day moving average of $60.29. Agilent Technologies has a 12 month low of $42.92 and a 12 month high of $67.82. The firm has a market cap of $21.52 billion, a P/E ratio of 34.49 and a beta of 1.30.

Agilent Technologies (NYSE:A) last released its earnings results on Tuesday, August 15th. The medical research company reported $0.59 EPS for the quarter, topping the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.52 by $0.07. Agilent Technologies had a net margin of 14.36% and a return on equity of 16.95%. The company had revenue of $1.11 billion during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $1.09 billion. During the same quarter last year, the business earned $0.49 EPS. The business’s revenue was up 6.7% on a year-over-year basis. On average, equities research analysts forecast that Agilent Technologies will post $2.32 earnings per share for the current year.

The company also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Wednesday, October 25th. Stockholders of record on Tuesday, October 3rd will be paid a $0.132 dividend. This represents a $0.53 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 0.79%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Monday, October 2nd. Agilent Technologies’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is presently 27.32%.

In other news, insider Dominique Grau sold 13,007 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction on Wednesday, August 16th. The shares were sold at an average price of $62.00, for a total value of $806,434.00. Following the completion of the sale, the insider now owns 60,098 shares in the company, valued at approximately $3,726,076. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through this hyperlink. Also, CFO Didier Hirsch sold 15,555 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction on Friday, September 15th. The stock was sold at an average price of $66.00, for a total transaction of $1,026,630.00. Following the completion of the sale, the chief financial officer now owns 178,557 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $11,784,762. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders sold a total of 165,720 shares of company stock valued at $10,488,739 in the last 90 days.

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Agilent Technologies Company Profile

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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