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How to buy Agilent Technologies (A) shares

Learn how to easily invest in Agilent Technologies shares.

Agilent Technologies is a diagnostics & research business based in the US. Agilent Technologies stocks (A.US) are listed on the NYSE and all prices are listed in US Dollars. Its last market close was $156.78 – a decrease of 4.28% over the previous week. Agilent Technologies employs 17,000 staff and has a trailing 12-month revenue of around $6.3 billion.

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Agilent Technologies stock price (NYSE:A)

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Agilent Technologies shares at a glance

Information last updated 2022-01-24.
Latest market close$133.51
52-week range$111.87 - $179.11
50-day moving average $153.13
200-day moving average $151.53
Wall St. target price$173.35
PE ratio 34.901
Dividend yield $0.776 (0.61%)
Earnings per share (TTM) $3.94

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Is it a good time to buy Agilent Technologies stock?

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Agilent Technologies price performance over time

Historical closes compared with the close of $133.51 from 2022-01-26

1 week (2022-01-21) -2.91%
1 month (2021-12-28) -16.13%
3 months (2021-10-28) -14.28%
6 months (2021-07-28) -11.85%
1 year (2021-01-28) 9.83%
2 years (2020-01-28) 53.14%
3 years (2019-01-28) 82.22%
5 years (2017-01-27) 174.43%

Is Agilent Technologies under- or over-valued?

Valuing Agilent Technologies stock is incredibly difficult, and any metric has to be viewed as part of a bigger picture of Agilent Technologies's overall performance. However, analysts commonly use some key metrics to help gauge the value of a stock.

Agilent Technologies's P/E ratio

Agilent Technologies's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 35x. In other words, Agilent Technologies shares trade at around 35x recent earnings.

That's relatively high compared to, say, the trailing 12-month P/E ratio for the NASDAQ 100 at the end of 2019 (27.29). The high P/E ratio could mean that investors are optimistic about the outlook for the shares or simply that they're over-valued.

Agilent Technologies's PEG ratio

Agilent Technologies's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 2.1606. A low ratio can be interpreted as meaning the shares offer better value, while a higher ratio can be interpreted as meaning the shares offer worse value.

The PEG ratio provides a broader view than just the P/E ratio, as it gives more insight into Agilent Technologies's future profitability. By accounting for growth, it could also help you if you're comparing the share prices of multiple high-growth companies.

Agilent Technologies's EBITDA

Agilent Technologies's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is $1.7 billion.

The EBITDA is a measure of a Agilent Technologies's overall financial performance and is widely used to measure a its profitability.

Agilent Technologies financials

Revenue TTM $6.3 billion
Operating margin TTM 22.22%
Gross profit TTM $3.4 billion
Return on assets TTM 8.63%
Return on equity TTM 23.58%
Profit margin 19.15%
Book value $17.83
Market capitalisation $41.5 billion

TTM: trailing 12 months

Agilent Technologies's environmental, social and governance track record

Environmental, social and governance (known as ESG) criteria are a set of three factors used to measure the sustainability and social impact of companies like Agilent Technologies.

When it comes to ESG scores, lower is better, and lower scores are generally associated with lower risk for would-be investors.

Agilent Technologies's total ESG risk score

Total ESG risk: 17.72

Socially conscious investors use ESG scores to screen how an investment aligns with their worldview, and Agilent Technologies's overall score of 17.72 (as at 01/01/2019) is excellent – landing it in it in the 12nd percentile of companies rated in the same sector.

ESG scores are increasingly used to estimate the level of risk a company like Agilent Technologies is exposed to within the areas of "environmental" (carbon footprint, resource use etc.), "social" (health and safety, human rights etc.), and "governance" (anti-corruption, tax transparency etc.).

Agilent Technologies's environmental score

Environmental score: 0.63/100

Agilent Technologies's environmental score of 0.63 puts it squarely in the 2nd percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that Agilent Technologies is a leader in its sector terms of its environmental impact, and exposed to a lower level of risk.

Agilent Technologies's social score

Social score: 9.4/100

Agilent Technologies's social score of 9.4 puts it squarely in the 2nd percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that Agilent Technologies is a leader in its sector when it comes to taking good care of its workforce and the communities it impacts.

Agilent Technologies's governance score

Governance score: 5.95/100

Agilent Technologies's governance score puts it squarely in the 2nd percentile of companies rated in the same sector. That could suggest that Agilent Technologies is a leader in its sector when it comes to responsible management and strategy, and exposed to a lower level of risk.

Agilent Technologies's controversy score

Controversy score: 2/5

ESG scores also evaluate any incidences of controversy that a company has been involved in. Agilent Technologies scored a 2 out of 5 for controversy – the second-highest score possible, reflecting that Agilent Technologies has, for the most part, managed to keep its nose clean.

Agilent Technologies share dividends

18%

Dividend payout ratio: 18.25% of net profits

Recently Agilent Technologies has paid out, on average, around 18.25% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 0.61% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), Agilent Technologies shareholders could enjoy a 0.61% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In Agilent Technologies's case, that would currently equate to about $0.776 per share.

While Agilent Technologies's payout ratio might seem low, this can signify that Agilent Technologies is investing more in its future growth.

Agilent Technologies's most recent dividend payout was on 26 January 2022. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 3 January 2022 (the "ex-dividend date").

Have Agilent Technologies's shares ever split?

Agilent Technologies's shares were split on a 1398:1000 basis on 3 November 2014. So if you had owned 1000 shares the day before before the split, the next day you'd have owned 1398 shares. This wouldn't directly have changed the overall worth of your Agilent Technologies shares – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 28.5% lower share price could have impacted the market appetite for Agilent Technologies shares which in turn could have impacted Agilent Technologies's share price.

Agilent Technologies share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, Agilent Technologies's shares have ranged in value from as little as $111.869 up to $179.1126. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

A.US volatility(beta: 1)Avg. volatility(beta: 1.00)LowHigh

Beta is a measure of a share's volatility in relation to the market. The market (NYSE average) beta is 1, while Agilent Technologies's is 0.9975. This would suggest that Agilent Technologies's shares are less volatile than average (for this exchange).

Agilent Technologies overview

Agilent Technologies, Inc. provides application focused solutions to the life sciences, diagnostics, and applied chemical markets worldwide. The Life Sciences and Applied Markets segment offers liquid chromatography systems and components; liquid chromatography mass spectrometry systems; gas chromatography systems and components; gas chromatography mass spectrometry systems; inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry instruments; atomic absorption instruments; microwave plasma-atomic emission spectrometry instruments; inductively coupled plasma optical emission spectrometry instruments; raman spectroscopy; cell analysis plate based assays; flow cytometer; real-time cell analyzer; cell imaging systems; microplate reader; laboratory software; information management and analytics; laboratory automation and robotic systems; dissolution testing; vacuum pumps, and measurement technologies. The Diagnostics and Genomics segment provides arrays for DNA mutation detection, genotyping, gene copy number determination, identification of gene rearrangements, DNA methylation profiling, gene expression profiling, next generation sequencing, target enrichment and genetic data management, and interpretation support software; and produces synthesized oligonucleotide. It also offers immunohistochemistry in situ hybridization, and hematoxylin and eosin staining and special staining; consumables, and software for quality control analysis of nucleic acid samples; and reagents for use in turbidimetry and flow cytometry, as well as develops liquid-based pharmacodiagnostics. The Agilent CrossLab segment provides GC and LC columns, sample preparation products, custom chemistries, and laboratory instrument supplies; and startup, operational, training, compliance support, software as a service, asset management, and consultation services. The company markets its products through direct sales, distributors, resellers, manufacturer's representatives, and electronic commerce.

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