Agilent Technologies Inc (NYSE:A) announced a quarterly dividend on Wednesday, September 19th, RTT News reports. Investors of record on Tuesday, October 2nd will be given a dividend of 0.149 per share by the medical research company on Wednesday, October 24th. This represents a $0.60 annualized dividend and a yield of 0.86%.

Agilent Technologies has a dividend payout ratio of 22.1% meaning its dividend is sufficiently covered by earnings. Equities research analysts expect Agilent Technologies to earn $2.98 per share next year, which means the company should continue to be able to cover its $0.60 annual dividend with an expected future payout ratio of 20.1%.

Agilent Technologies stock traded up $0.65 during midday trading on Wednesday, hitting $69.58. 87,989 shares of the company were exchanged, compared to its average volume of 2,535,450. The firm has a market cap of $21.95 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 29.27, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 2.36 and a beta of 1.36. Agilent Technologies has a fifty-two week low of $60.42 and a fifty-two week high of $75.00. The company has a quick ratio of 3.00, a current ratio of 3.62 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.39.

Agilent Technologies (NYSE:A) last issued its quarterly earnings results on Tuesday, August 14th. The medical research company reported $0.67 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, topping analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.63 by $0.04. The company had revenue of $1.20 billion for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $1.20 billion. Agilent Technologies had a return on equity of 18.61% and a net margin of 6.20%. Agilent Technologies’s revenue for the quarter was up 8.0% on a year-over-year basis. During the same quarter in the prior year, the business posted $0.59 earnings per share. equities analysts expect that Agilent Technologies will post 2.71 EPS for the current year.

In other Agilent Technologies news, Director Paul N. Clark sold 2,876 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction on Thursday, September 13th. The stock was sold at an average price of $68.60, for a total transaction of $197,293.60. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available at the SEC website. Also, Director Heidi Fields sold 5,482 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction on Tuesday, September 11th. The stock was sold at an average price of $67.73, for a total value of $371,295.86. The disclosure for this sale can be found here.

A has been the topic of a number of recent analyst reports. ValuEngine upgraded Agilent Technologies from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research report on Wednesday, July 25th. Morgan Stanley increased their price target on Agilent Technologies from $83.00 to $84.00 and gave the stock an “overweight” rating in a research report on Wednesday, August 15th. Zacks Investment Research upgraded Agilent Technologies from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $74.00 price target on the stock in a research report on Tuesday, August 7th. Goldman Sachs Group reiterated a “buy” rating and set a $82.00 price target (up previously from $77.00) on shares of Agilent Technologies in a research report on Tuesday. Finally, Deutsche Bank increased their price target on Agilent Technologies from $77.00 to $80.00 and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a research report on Wednesday, August 15th. Ten research analysts have rated the stock with a buy rating, The stock presently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and an average target price of $77.22.

About Agilent Technologies

Agilent Technologies, Inc provides application focused solutions to the life sciences, diagnostics, and applied chemical markets worldwide. It operates in three segments: Life Sciences and Applied Markets, Diagnostics and Genomics, and Agilent CrossLab. The Life Sciences and Applied Markets segment offers liquid chromatography systems and components; liquid chromatography mass spectrometry systems; gas chromatography systems and components; gas chromatography mass spectrometry systems; inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry instruments; atomic absorption instruments; microwave plasma-atomic emission spectrometry instruments; inductively coupled plasma optical emission spectrometry instruments; raman spectroscopy; microfluidics based automated electrophoresis products; cell analysis plate based assays; laboratory software and informatics systems; laboratory automation; dissolution testing; vacuum pumps; and measurement technologies.

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