Great West Life Assurance Co. Can boosted its position in Agilent Technologies, Inc. (NYSE:A) by 1.8% during the third quarter, according to the company in its most recent disclosure with the Securities & Exchange Commission. The fund owned 233,664 shares of the medical research company’s stock after buying an additional 4,066 shares during the period. Great West Life Assurance Co. Can owned approximately 0.07% of Agilent Technologies worth $14,934,000 as of its most recent filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission.

Other hedge funds and other institutional investors have also recently modified their holdings of the company. Jennison Associates LLC purchased a new stake in Agilent Technologies in the 2nd quarter worth approximately $212,000. Commerce Bank purchased a new stake in Agilent Technologies in the 2nd quarter worth approximately $1,242,000. Delta Lloyd Asset Management N.V. purchased a new stake in Agilent Technologies in the 2nd quarter worth approximately $2,026,000. Prudential Financial Inc. boosted its position in Agilent Technologies by 2.5% in the 2nd quarter. Prudential Financial Inc. now owns 457,503 shares of the medical research company’s stock worth $27,134,000 after purchasing an additional 11,020 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Cipher Capital LP boosted its position in Agilent Technologies by 18.1% in the 2nd quarter. Cipher Capital LP now owns 89,523 shares of the medical research company’s stock worth $5,309,000 after purchasing an additional 13,703 shares in the last quarter.

In related news, SVP Jacob Thaysen sold 22,583 shares of the stock in a transaction on Tuesday, November 28th. The stock was sold at an average price of $70.41, for a total value of $1,590,069.03. Following the completion of the transaction, the senior vice president now directly owns 63,042 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $4,438,787.22. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which can be accessed through the SEC website. Also, insider Patrick Kaltenbach sold 5,000 shares of the stock in a transaction on Friday, September 8th. The shares were sold at an average price of $65.26, for a total value of $326,300.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the insider now directly owns 45,143 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $2,946,032.18. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Over the last three months, insiders sold 151,114 shares of company stock valued at $10,359,388.

Agilent Technologies, Inc. (NYSE:A) opened at $68.69 on Friday. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.37, a quick ratio of 2.85 and a current ratio of 3.30. The firm has a market capitalization of $22,106.37, a P/E ratio of 28.98, a PEG ratio of 2.08 and a beta of 1.27. Agilent Technologies, Inc. has a 52 week low of $43.27 and a 52 week high of $70.93.

Agilent Technologies (NYSE:A) last announced its earnings results on Monday, November 20th. The medical research company reported $0.67 earnings per share for the quarter, topping the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.62 by $0.05. The business had revenue of $1.19 billion during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $1.17 billion. Agilent Technologies had a return on equity of 16.96% and a net margin of 15.30%. The business’s quarterly revenue was up 7.0% on a year-over-year basis. During the same period in the prior year, the company posted $0.59 EPS. research analysts anticipate that Agilent Technologies, Inc. will post 2.58 earnings per share for the current year.

The company also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Wednesday, January 24th. Investors of record on Tuesday, January 2nd will be paid a $0.149 dividend. This is an increase from Agilent Technologies’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.13. This represents a $0.60 annualized dividend and a yield of 0.87%. The ex-dividend date is Friday, December 29th. Agilent Technologies’s dividend payout ratio is currently 25.24%.

Several equities research analysts have commented on the company. Morgan Stanley restated an “overweight” rating on shares of Agilent Technologies in a research report on Tuesday, November 14th. Zacks Investment Research lowered Agilent Technologies from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Thursday, November 16th. Robert W. Baird restated a “buy” rating and issued a $72.00 price objective on shares of Agilent Technologies in a research report on Friday, November 24th. ValuEngine downgraded Agilent Technologies from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Friday. Finally, Bank of America reaffirmed an “equal weight” rating on shares of Agilent Technologies in a research note on Tuesday, August 15th. Six analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and ten have given a buy rating to the company’s stock. Agilent Technologies presently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and a consensus target price of $68.34.

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Agilent Technologies 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.

Institutional Ownership by Quarter for Agilent Technologies (NYSE:A)

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