Agilent stock: buy or sell?

A stock price: $77.97 -0.13% At close on September 20th, 2019

Updated on:
September 20th, 2019


Agilent Technologies shares remained constant -0.13% to $77.97 today.

Should I buy Agilent stock?

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Currently, Agilent stock doesn't match any of these trading strategies, so our recommendation is not to buy.

Buy setupElegible
New all-time highNo
New 52 week highNo
Price crossing up 200d MANo
100d MA crossing up 200d MANo
This doesn't mean A will slide in coming sessions, or it will not rise higher. Simply, it doesn't match our recommended trading systems.

Is Agilent stock a buy?

Banks and financial institutions publish stock ratings everyday. At, 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.
Is A a good stock to buy?
DateAnalyst / BrokerPrevious ratingCurrent rating
2019-8-15Robert W. Bairdn/aOutperform
2019-8-15Piper Jaffray Companiesn/aOverweight
2019-7-16Bank of AmericaBuyNeutral
2019-7-15BarclaysOverweightEqual Weight
2019-6-11Piper Jaffray Companiesn/aOverweight
2019-5-15Deutsche Bankn/aBuy
2019-5-15Bank of American/aBuy
2019-3-15UBS Groupn/aBuy
2019-2-25Needham & Company LLCBuyBuy
2019-2-21JPMorgan Chase & Co.n/aOverweight
2019-2-21Janney Montgomery ScottOverweightBuy
2019-2-21Deutsche Bankn/aBuy

Agilent stock analysis

Daily outlook

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.

A stock chart (daily)

Weekly outlook

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%).

A stock chart (weekly)

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 $85.20

How 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:
A stock price predictions
DateAnalyst / BrokerActionPrevious targetCurrent targetDiff
2019-8-15Robert W. BairdReiterates$79.00$82.003.8%
2019-8-15Piper Jaffray CompaniesRaises Target$83.00$86.003.6%
2019-6-11Piper Jaffray CompaniesInitiatesn/a$83.00-
2019-5-15Deutsche BankLowers Target$90.00$85.00-5.6%
2019-5-15BarclaysLowers Target$88.00$86.00-2.3%
2019-5-15Bank of AmericaLowers Target$88.00$82.00-6.8%
2019-3-26CowenRaises Target$80.00$90.0012.5%
2019-2-25Needham & Company LLCReiterates$77.00$88.0014.3%
2019-2-21JPMorgan Chase & Co.Raises Targetn/a$85.00-
2019-2-21Janney Montgomery ScottReiterates$80.00$90.0012.5%
2019-2-21Deutsche BankReiteratesn/a$90.00-
2019-2-21BarclaysRaises Target$80.00$83.003.8%
(in average)$83.10$85.203.0%
Moving in a range from $90.00 and $78.00, the price prediction for Agilent stock is $85.20. In average, analysts' outlook on A price target is positive, upgrading the prediction by a 3.00% from previous estimations.

Financials and fundamental analysis

Earnings date and Earnings per Share

On 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.
A earnings date and EPS evolution
QuarterReporting dateEstimated EPSActual EPSSurprise

Annual financial results

In 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%.

A annual Sales and Income evolution
2013$6,780 M-$724 M10.7%-
2014$4,050 M-40.27%$232 M5.7%-67.96%
2014$6,981 M72.37%$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 M4.01%$462 M11.0%15.21%
2016$4,202 M0.05%$462 M11.0%0.00%
2017$4,470 M6.38%$684 M15.3%48.05%
2017$4,472 M0.04%$684 M15.3%0.00%
2018$4,914 M9.88%$316 M6.4%-53.80%
TTM $4,987 M1.49%$1,140 M22.9%260.76%

Quarterly financial results

Agilent 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%.
A quarterly Sales and Income evolution
2017-Q2$1,100 M-$164 M14.9%-
2017-Q3$1,110 M0.91%$175 M15.8%6.71%
2017-Q4$1,189 M7.12%$177 M14.9%1.14%
2018-Q1$1,211 M1.85%$-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 M7.56%$195 M15.1%-17.37%
2019-Q1$1,284 M-0.77%$504 M39.3%158.46%

Agilent ownership

When 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 shares309.5 M228.4 M154.7 M717.4 M8,730.0 M
Float shares308.4 M224.9 M101.8 M636.3 M8,710.0 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 selling0.0%0.0%0.0%0.0%0.0%

Agilent summary

Friday, September 20th, 2019
Day range$77.91 - $78.74
Previous close$78.07
Session gain-0.13%
Average true range$1.40
50d mov avg$71.21
100d mov avg$71.58
200d mov avg$73.23
Daily patternlb02a
Weekly pattern

Agilent performance

Performance 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.
AAgilent Technolog...6.55%-0.88%11.23%
GEGeneral Electric-9.94%-5.42%-19.14%
NATINational Instrume...6.77%-1.97%-10.27%
TMOThermo Fisher Sci...0.70%12.47%22.04%

Agilent competitors

One 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.

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