Fisher Asset Management LLC purchased a new stake in Agilent Technologies, Inc. (NYSE:A) in the 3rd quarter, according to its most recent 13F filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The fund purchased 9,493 shares of the medical research company’s stock, valued at approximately $609,000.

A number of other institutional investors and hedge funds have also recently added to or reduced their stakes in the stock. Balentine LLC lifted its position in shares of Agilent Technologies by 2.9% during the 2nd quarter. Balentine LLC now owns 1,794 shares of the medical research company’s stock valued at $106,000 after acquiring an additional 50 shares during the period. Sun Life Financial INC lifted its position in shares of Agilent Technologies by 26,144.4% during the 2nd quarter. Sun Life Financial INC now owns 2,362 shares of the medical research company’s stock valued at $140,000 after acquiring an additional 2,353 shares during the period. Acrospire Investment Management LLC lifted its position in shares of Agilent Technologies by 92.3% during the 2nd quarter. Acrospire Investment Management LLC now owns 2,500 shares of the medical research company’s stock valued at $148,000 after acquiring an additional 1,200 shares during the period. Parallel Advisors LLC lifted its position in shares of Agilent Technologies by 5.3% during the 2nd quarter. Parallel Advisors LLC now owns 2,623 shares of the medical research company’s stock valued at $157,000 after acquiring an additional 131 shares during the period. Finally, Trust Co. of Vermont lifted its position in shares of Agilent Technologies by 1.8% during the 2nd quarter. Trust Co. of Vermont now owns 2,793 shares of the medical research company’s stock valued at $166,000 after acquiring an additional 50 shares during the period.

In other Agilent Technologies news, insider Dominique Grau sold 13,007 shares of Agilent Technologies stock in a transaction dated Wednesday, August 16th. The stock was sold at an average price of $62.00, for a total transaction of $806,434.00. Following the completion of the sale, the insider now owns 60,098 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $3,726,076. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which is available at the SEC website. Also, Director Boon Hwee Koh sold 4,500 shares of Agilent Technologies stock in a transaction dated Wednesday, August 30th. The stock was sold at an average price of $63.63, for a total value of $286,335.00. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. In the last ninety days, insiders have sold 165,720 shares of company stock valued at $10,488,739.

Agilent Technologies, Inc. (NYSE:A) opened at 68.03 on Wednesday. The firm has a 50-day moving average price of $66.21 and a 200-day moving average price of $61.20. The firm has a market cap of $21.89 billion, a PE ratio of 35.09 and a beta of 1.30. Agilent Technologies, Inc. has a one year low of $42.92 and a one year high of $68.52.

Agilent Technologies (NYSE:A) last issued its quarterly earnings results on Tuesday, August 15th. The medical research company reported $0.59 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, topping the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.52 by $0.07. Agilent Technologies had a return on equity of 16.95% and a net margin of 14.36%. The firm had revenue of $1.11 billion during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $1.09 billion. During the same quarter in the previous year, the company posted $0.49 earnings per share. The company’s revenue was up 6.7% compared to the same quarter last year. On average, equities analysts expect that Agilent Technologies, Inc. will post $2.32 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The company also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Wednesday, October 25th. Shareholders of record on Tuesday, October 3rd were paid a dividend of $0.132 per share. This represents a $0.53 annualized dividend and a yield of 0.78%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Monday, October 2nd. Agilent Technologies’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is currently 27.32%.

A number of research firms have recently weighed in on A. Bank of America Corporation reiterated an “equal weight” rating on shares of Agilent Technologies in a research report on Tuesday, August 15th. BidaskClub downgraded Agilent Technologies from a “strong-buy” rating to a “buy” rating in a research report on Monday, July 31st. Deutsche Bank AG set a $68.00 target price on Agilent Technologies and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research report on Wednesday, August 16th. Morgan Stanley reiterated an “overweight” rating on shares of Agilent Technologies in a research report on Wednesday, August 16th. Finally, Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. (The) reiterated a “neutral” rating and set a $68.00 target price on shares of Agilent Technologies in a research report on Tuesday, September 26th. Four equities research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and twelve have assigned a buy rating to the stock. The stock has a consensus rating of “Buy” and an average target price of $65.78.

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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.

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