Analysis of Agilent Technologies Inc. (A)’s performance, earnings and valuation

A share price of Agilent Technologies Inc. [A] is currently trading at $133.73, down -2.39%. Until recently, the best way to gauge how the stock has performed was to look at its short-term value. The A shares have lost -0.22% over the last week, with a monthly amount drifted -6.76%, and not seem to be holding up well over a long-time horizon.

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On 20, March 2023, Agilent Announced as Instrument Business Outlook 2022 Company of the Year. In a post published today on Yahoo Finance, Industry newsletter cites financial performance, innovation and operational achievements.

From an analyst’s perspective:

Agilent Technologies Inc. [NYSE: A] stock has seen the most recent analyst activity on January 10, 2023, when Wells Fargo upgraded its rating to a Overweight but kept the price target unchanged to $170 for it. Previously, Credit Suisse started tracking the stock with Outperform rating on August 25, 2022, and set its price target to $165. On July 20, 2022, UBS initiated with a Buy rating and assigned a price target of $139 on the stock. Citigroup downgraded its rating to a Neutral and decreased its price target to $140 on July 08, 2022. Wells Fargo downgraded its rating to a Equal Weight but $130 remained the price target by the analyst firm on April 25, 2022. Wells Fargo reiterated a Overweight rating for this stock on February 23, 2022, and downed its price target to $160. In a note dated February 23, 2022, Stifel reiterated an Hold rating on this stock and revised its target price from $169 to $145.

Agilent Technologies Inc. experienced fluctuations in its stock price throughout the past year between $112.52 and $160.26. Currently, Wall Street analysts expect the stock to reach $164.87 within the next 12 months. Agilent Technologies Inc. [NYSE: A] shares were valued at $133.73 at the most recent close of the market. An investor can expect a potential return of 23.29% based on the average A price forecast.

Analyzing the A fundamentals

During the last quarter, Agilent Technologies Inc. [NYSE:A] saw sales of 1.76 billion, an improvement of 4.90%. A company’s income per employee is $69,282 while it generates $378,343 in revenue per employee. Gross Margin for this corporation currently stands at +53.83% with Operating Margin at +23.10%, Pretax Margin comes in at +21.96%, and Net Margin reading is +18.31%. To continue investigating profitability, this company’s Return on Assets is posted at 11.81, Equity is 23.45, Total Capital is 19.15, and Invested Capital is 15.30. Taking a look at the Principal structure of this organization reveals enduring liabilities to the total capital at 35.51 and enduring liabilities to the whole assets at 27.73.

Before buying any particular stock, readers tend to pay close attention to the indicators that support and create resistance. The company’s stock is currently sitting at 132.38 points at the first support level, and at 131.02 for the second support level. However, for the 1st resistance point, the stock is sitting at 136.31, and for the 2nd resistance point, it is at 138.89.

Agilent Technologies Inc. [A] reported earnings per share of $1.53 for its fiscal quarter that ended on 10/30/2022. Based on the Wall Street analysts’ estimates, the company was expected to report earnings of $1.39/share, meaning a difference of $0.14 and a surprise factor of 10.10%. By comparison, the stated earnings for the previous quarter ended on 7/30/2022 were $1.34 per share as compared to estimates of $1.2 per share, a difference of $0.14 representing a surprise of 11.70%.

Ratios To Look Out For

A current ratio of 2.10 is a noteworthy aspect of Agilent Technologies Inc. [NYSE:A]. As well, the Quick Ratio is 1.47, while the Cash Ratio is 0.57. Considering the valuation of this stock, the price to sales ratio is 6.06, the price to book ratio is 7.70 and the P/E (TTM) ratio is 30.15.

Transactions by insiders

Recent insider trading involved Ancher-Jensen Henrik, Sr Vice President, that happened on Dec 14 when 29500.0 shares were sold. Senior Vice President, Grau Dominique completed a deal on Dec 13 to sell 4000.0 shares. Meanwhile, Sr. Vice President MCDONNELL PADRAIG sold 672.0 shares on Dec 13.