Linscomb & Williams Inc. Grows Holdings in Agilent Technologies, Inc. (A)

Linscomb & Williams Inc. raised its position in shares of Agilent Technologies, Inc. (NYSE:A) by 0.0% during the second quarter, according to its most recent disclosure with the Securities & Exchange Commission. The institutional investor owned 7,203 shares of the medical research company’s stock after purchasing an additional 2 shares during the period. Linscomb & Williams Inc.’s holdings in Agilent Technologies were worth $427,000 at the end of the most recent reporting period.

A number of other hedge funds and other institutional investors have also recently added to or reduced their stakes in the business. Advisor Group Inc. grew its stake in shares of Agilent Technologies by 0.3% during the second quarter. Advisor Group Inc. now owns 3,959 shares of the medical research company’s stock valued at $235,000 after buying an additional 10 shares during the last quarter. Bronfman E.L. Rothschild L.P. grew its stake in shares of Agilent Technologies by 0.8% during the second quarter. Bronfman E.L. Rothschild L.P. now owns 4,658 shares of the medical research company’s stock valued at $276,000 after buying an additional 35 shares during the last quarter. Veritable L.P. grew its stake in shares of Agilent Technologies by 0.4% during the second quarter. Veritable L.P. now owns 10,896 shares of the medical research company’s stock valued at $646,000 after buying an additional 40 shares during the last quarter. Park National Corp OH grew its stake in shares of Agilent Technologies by 1.1% during the second quarter. Park National Corp OH now owns 4,077 shares of the medical research company’s stock valued at $242,000 after buying an additional 43 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Trust Co. of Vermont grew its stake in shares of Agilent Technologies by 1.8% during the second quarter. Trust Co. of Vermont now owns 2,793 shares of the medical research company’s stock valued at $166,000 after buying an additional 50 shares during the last quarter.

In other Agilent Technologies news, insider Mark Doak sold 12,421 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction dated Friday, August 18th. The shares were sold at an average price of $61.57, for a total value of $764,760.97. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which is available through this link. Also, CFO Didier Hirsch sold 1,200 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction dated Wednesday, September 13th. The stock was sold at an average price of $66.00, for a total transaction of $79,200.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the chief financial officer now owns 164,202 shares in the company, valued at $10,837,332. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders sold a total of 165,720 shares of company stock worth $10,488,739 over the last 90 days.

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Agilent Technologies (NYSE:A) last posted its quarterly earnings data on Tuesday, August 15th. The medical research company reported $0.59 earnings per share for the quarter, topping the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.52 by $0.07. The company had revenue of $1.11 billion for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $1.09 billion. Agilent Technologies had a net margin of 14.36% and a return on equity of 16.95%. The firm’s revenue for the quarter was up 6.7% on a year-over-year basis. During the same period in the prior year, the company posted $0.49 EPS.

The business also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Wednesday, October 25th. Shareholders of record on Tuesday, October 3rd will be paid a $0.132 dividend. The ex-dividend date is Monday, October 2nd. This represents a $0.53 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 0.79%. Agilent Technologies’s dividend payout ratio is currently 27.32%.

A number of research analysts have recently issued reports on A shares. BidaskClub cut Agilent Technologies from a “strong-buy” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note on Saturday, August 12th. Jefferies Group LLC reaffirmed a “buy” rating and set a $66.00 price objective on shares of Agilent Technologies in a research note on Wednesday, August 9th. Deutsche Bank AG reaffirmed a “buy” rating and set a $66.00 price objective on shares of Agilent Technologies in a research note on Thursday, June 22nd. Barclays PLC reaffirmed a “buy” rating and set a $67.00 price objective on shares of Agilent Technologies in a research note on Wednesday, July 19th. Finally, Janney Montgomery Scott raised their price objective on Agilent Technologies from $65.00 to $70.00 and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research note on Wednesday, August 16th. Four investment analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and twelve have issued a buy rating to the stock. The company currently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and a consensus target price of $65.12.

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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