Agilent stock: buy or sell?
September 20th, 2019
Should I buy Agilent stock?Even if you are a experienced or a novel trader, best trading results come from using an investing strategy that never leaves to random or subjective opinions when is the best moment to buy or sell stocks. That's why is so important to define your own trading plan that matches with your character as inversor. At Stocks2.com, we use very simple but trusted and powerful trend following trading strategies. Simple things usually work the best.
Currently, Agilent stock doesn't match any of these trading strategies, so our recommendation is not to buy.
|New all-time high||No|
|New 52 week high||No|
|Price crossing up 200d MA||No|
|100d MA crossing up 200d MA||No|
Is Agilent stock a buy?
Banks and financial institutions publish stock ratings everyday.At Stocks2.com, we gathered 15 ratings published for A stock in the last month. The general sentiment of these ratings is bullish for A stock, with 13 positive ratings.
|Date||Analyst / Broker||Previous rating||Current rating|
|2019-8-15||Robert W. Baird||n/a||Outperform|
|2019-8-15||Piper Jaffray Companies||n/a||Overweight|
|2019-7-16||Bank of America||Buy||Neutral|
|2019-6-11||Piper Jaffray Companies||n/a||Overweight|
|2019-5-15||Bank of America||n/a||Buy|
|2019-2-25||Needham & Company LLC||Buy||Buy|
|2019-2-21||JPMorgan Chase & Co.||n/a||Overweight|
|2019-2-21||Janney Montgomery Scott||Overweight||Buy|
Agilent stock analysis
Agilent Technologies shares remained stable -0.13% to $77.97 today.
Agilent remained constant a tight -0.13% and closed at $77.97. Since price and SMA200d lines crossed up on Sep 5th, A climbed $7.11 (10.03%). A is retaking the upward trend marking a new rising bottom heading to break out over $78.09.
Agilent shares remained stable 0.09% this week, ending at $77.97. For 4 weeks in a row, price soared and marked a profit of 11.85%.
Since early September when A stock price broke up the SMA40w line, it gained $6.86 (9.65%).
Agilent stock price history
Agilent stock went public on November 18th, 1999 with a price of $28.181. Since then, A stock surged a 176.70%, with a yearly average of 9.30%. If you had invested $1,000 in Agilent stock in 1999, it would worth $1,767.00 today.
1: Adjusted price after possible price splits or reverse-splits.
Agilent stock historical price chart
A stock reached 52-week highs on April at $82.06, and all-time highs 2000-03-06 with a price of 100.34.
Agilent stock price target is $85.20How much a stock will be priced tomorrow or next week is quite unpredictable However, financial institutions invest time and resources to provide the most accurated estimations to help investors to make their decisions. The accuracy of these stock price predictions is not very high, and you should not blindly believe and make decisions only based on what this ratings or price target predictions say. For the last 30 days we found 13 price targets for Agilent stock:
|Date||Analyst / Broker||Action||Previous target||Current target||Diff|
|2019-8-15||Robert W. Baird||Reiterates||$79.00||$82.00||3.8%|
|2019-8-15||Piper Jaffray Companies||Raises Target||$83.00||$86.00||3.6%|
|2019-6-11||Piper Jaffray Companies||Initiates||n/a||$83.00||-|
|2019-5-15||Deutsche Bank||Lowers Target||$90.00||$85.00||-5.6%|
|2019-5-15||Bank of America||Lowers Target||$88.00||$82.00||-6.8%|
|2019-2-25||Needham & Company LLC||Reiterates||$77.00||$88.00||14.3%|
|2019-2-21||JPMorgan Chase & Co.||Raises Target||n/a||$85.00||-|
|2019-2-21||Janney Montgomery Scott||Reiterates||$80.00||$90.00||12.5%|
Financials and fundamental analysis
Earnings date and Earnings per ShareOn February, Agilent presented its financial report, posting a slightly good growth for the Earnings per Share (EPS) ratio. Analyst expected $0.73 per share, but Agilent posted $0.76.
|Quarter||Reporting date||Estimated EPS||Actual EPS||Surprise|
Annual financial resultsIn 2018, Agilent Technologies annual sales escalated a phenomenal 9.88% to $4,914.00 M USD from $4,472.00 marked in 2017. Nevertheless, its income margin (compared to sales) fell to 6.43%, that is $316.00 million. To have an updated view of the financial situation of Agilent, we have calculated the trailing twelve month (TTM) sales and income figures. TTM values are the sum of the last 4 quarters and aproximate to an annual fiscal report ending in 2019-Q1 that can be compared to 2018 fiscal year results. Annual Agilent TTM sales up to January 2019 were $4,987.00 and income was $1,140.00 million dollars. If we compare this TTM figures with the last reported annuality, we can review Agilent Technologies business evolution since October 2018: Annual turnover up to January, compared to lastest yearly report, inched a slightly good 1.49%. Instead, profit margin (net income/sales) climbed at 6.43%.
|2013||$6,780 M||-||$724 M10.7%||-|
|2014||$4,050 M||-40.27%||$232 M5.7%||-67.96%|
|2014||$6,981 M||72.37%||$504 M7.2%||117.24%|
|2015||$4,040 M||-42.13%||$438 M10.8%||-13.10%|
|2015||$4,038 M||-0.05%||$401 M9.9%||-8.45%|
|2016||$4,200 M||4.01%||$462 M11.0%||15.21%|
|2016||$4,202 M||0.05%||$462 M11.0%||0.00%|
|2017||$4,470 M||6.38%||$684 M15.3%||48.05%|
|2017||$4,472 M||0.04%||$684 M15.3%||0.00%|
|2018||$4,914 M||9.88%||$316 M6.4%||-53.80%|
|TTM||$4,987 M||1.49%||$1,140 M22.9%||260.76%|
Quarterly financial resultsAgilent posted $1,284.00 million in revenues for 2019-Q1, a -0.77% less compared to previous quarter. Reported quarter earnings marked $504.00 million with a profit margin of 39.25%. Profit margin boosted a 24.18% compared to previous quarter when profit margin was 15.07%. When comparing turnover to same quarter last year, Agilent Technologies sales marked a great growth and rose a 6.03%.
|2017-Q2||$1,100 M||-||$164 M14.9%||-|
|2017-Q3||$1,110 M||0.91%||$175 M15.8%||6.71%|
|2017-Q4||$1,189 M||7.12%||$177 M14.9%||1.14%|
|2018-Q1||$1,211 M||1.85%||$-320 M-26.4%||-280.79%|
|2018-Q2||$1,206 M||-0.41%||$205 M17.0%||-164.06%|
|2018-Q3||$1,203 M||-0.25%||$236 M19.6%||15.12%|
|2018-Q4||$1,294 M||7.56%||$195 M15.1%||-17.37%|
|2019-Q1||$1,284 M||-0.77%||$504 M39.3%||158.46%|
Agilent ownershipWhen you are planning to buy a company, it's worth to have a look its ownership structure.
Management staff in all public traded companies that hold equity is required to report every transaction to the SEC. For Agilent, 0.36% of all outstanding shares are owned by its staff.
Bearish positions for A stock account 0.00%, no big difference from last month.
The following table compares ownership indicators for other stocks related to Agilent Technologies:
|Market cap||$24.1 B||$20.5 B||$6.7 B||$105.0 B||$82.2 B|
|Total shares||309.5 M||228.4 M||154.7 M||717.4 M||8,730.0 M|
|Float shares||308.4 M||224.9 M||101.8 M||636.3 M||8,710.0 M|
|- Institutional holdings (%)||88.2%||87.7%||68.7%||79.9%||58.6%|
|- Insider holdings (%)||0.4%||0.5%||34.4%||11.4%||0.2%|
|Shares in short selling||0.0%||0.0%||0.0%||0.0%||0.0%|
|Friday, September 20th, 2019|
|Day range||$77.91 - $78.74|
|Average true range||$1.40|
|50d mov avg||$71.21|
|100d mov avg||$71.58|
|200d mov avg||$73.23|
Agilent performancePerformance as an absolute value is never valid if it's not benchmarked against competitors or related stocks in the industry. For Agilent Technologies, the benchmark is made against AMTEK, Bruker, Danaher, General Electric, Illumina, National Instruments, PerkinElmer, Teradyne and Thermo Fisher Scientific.
|TMOThermo Fisher Sci...||0.70%||12.47%||22.04%|
Agilent competitorsOne check before trading any stock is to review a list of its competitors, in this case for Agilent. We selected 9 companies as Agilent competitors as they are in the same industry or have similar market objectives.
- AMTEK (AME)
- Bruker (BRKR)
- Danaher (DHR)
- General Electric (GE)
- Illumina (ILMN)
- National Instruments (NATI)
- PerkinElmer (PKI)
- Teradyne (TER)
- Thermo Fisher Scientific (TMO)
Latest Agilent stock news
- Seeking AlphaAgilent: 2 Decades Of Portfolio Moves Left Investors With A Good BusinessJuly 24, 2019
- Seeking AlphaAgilent: An Excellent Company At Average PriceJune 28, 2019
- InvestorPlaceAgilent Technologies Earnings: A Stock Sinks on Q2 EPS, Sales MissMay 14, 2019
- InvestorPlaceAgilent Stock Surges on Q4 Earnings BeatNovember 19, 2018