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Is Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) No Longer A Good Investment?

After Hours

After-hours and pre-market trading may carry slightly higher risks than regular market hours. As issuers often announce important financial information outside regular trading hours, extended-hours trading may result in wider spreads for a particular security. That is because extended-hours trading may result in lower liquidity and higher volatility. After-hours trades for Agilent Technologies Inc. (A) shows that investor sentiment remained intact, with the stock’s consolidated last price rising by $0.99, or 0.82%, to $121.98. The Agilent Technologies Inc. has recorded 35,669 volume in the after hours trading session. Most recently, Yahoo Finance reported about the stock as it publicized that Agilent Reports Second-Quarter Fiscal Year 2023 Financial Results.

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Stocks Info

A belongs to the Healthcare sector of the NYSE while operating in the Diagnostics & Research industry. The current market capitalization of Agilent Technologies Inc. is $35.85B. A total of 6.84 million shares were traded on the day, compared to an average of 1.59M shares.

Insider Activity

Investors also take into account insider trades in predicting how the stock will perform in the future. During the recent three months, A has seen 13 BUY and 1 SELL insider trades, representing the acquisition of 18,467 and the disposition of 132 shares. Over the last 12 months, there were 39 BUYs and 73 SELLs from insiders. Insiders purchased 571,996 shares during that period but sold 492,535.

In the most recent transaction, Ancher-Jensen Henrik sold 29,500 shares of A for 155.78 per share on Dec 14. After the transaction, the Sr Vice President now owns 70,793 company shares. In a previous transaction on Dec 13, Grau Dominique sold 4,000 shares at 159.20 per share. A shares that Senior Vice President owns now total 92,379.

Among the insiders who sold shares, MCDONNELL PADRAIG disposed of 672 shares on Dec 13 at a per-share price of $160.00. This resulted in the Sr. Vice President holding 15,529 shares of A after the transaction. In another insider transaction, KOH BOON HWEE sold 13,000 shares at $152.21 per share on Dec 06. Company shares held by the Director now total 57,752.


Paying dividends generates immediate cash flow for investors and indicates a positive outlook for the company. Agilent Technologies Inc. pays an annual dividend of $0.90, resulting in a dividend yield of 0.74%, and it has a price to earnings (P/E) ratio of 27.28. A’s most recent ex-dividend date was 6/30/2023 when it declared a $0.2250 quarterly dividend that was paid in cash on 7/26/2023. Previously, the company paid the dividend on 4/26/2023 with an ex-dividend date of 4/3/2023. The A stock dividend was $0.2250 per share in cash.

While price targets are rarely accurate, they tend to exert some kind of influence from time to time and are often taken into account by investors. According to analysts who have offered 12-month price targets for A in the last 3 months, the mean price target is $147.00 with high estimates of $170.00 and low estimates of $126.00. In terms of 52-week highs and lows, A has a high of $160.26 and a low of $112.52.

As of this writing, A has an earnings estimate of $1.43 per share for the current quarter. EPS was calculated based on a consensus of 16 estimates, with a high estimate of $1.47 per share and a lower estimate of $1.35. The company reported an EPS of $1.37 in the last quarter, which was 5.40% higher than expectations of $1.3.

Balance Sheet Annually/Quarterly

An organization’s balance sheet depicts the assets and liabilities it has, as well as the amount of equity invested. Investors can measure a company’s prospects by calculating its financial ratios using this information. A’s latest balance sheet shows that the firm has $1.57B in Cash & Short Term Investments as of fiscal 2021. There were $2.73B in debt and $1.71B in liabilities at the time. Its Book Value Per Share was $18.95, while its Total Shareholder’s Equity was $5.39B.

Analysts Opinion

There is a slight risk associated with trading before and after the market open. Due to lower liquidity and higher volatility, extended-hours trading may result in wider spreads on particular security due to the release of critical financial information after regular trading hours. Currently, 0 analysts are providing their opinions on the stock. On a scale of 1 to 5, with 1 being Sell and 5 being Buy, the average analyst rating for A is Buy with a score of 4.54.

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