The stock of Agilent Tech Incorporated (NYSE:A) registered an increase of 25.55% in short interest. A’s total short interest was 3.57M shares in September as published by FINRA. Its up 25.55% from 2.85 million shares, reported previously. With 2.44 million shares average volume, it will take short sellers 2 days to cover their A’s short positions. About 55,163 shares traded hands. Agilent Technologies Inc (NYSE:A) has risen 31.47% since February 8, 2016 and is uptrending. It has outperformed by 14.98% the S&P500.
Agilent Technologies, Inc. provides application focused solutions that include instruments, software, services and consumables for the entire laboratory workflow. The company has a market cap of $14.89 billion. The Firm serves the life sciences, diagnostics and applied chemical markets. It has a 30.91 P/E ratio. It has three business divisions: life sciences and applied markets business, diagnostics and genomics business, and Agilent CrossLab business.
The institutional sentiment decreased to 0.95 in Q2 2016. Its down 0.03, from 0.98 in 2016Q1. The ratio fall, as 39 funds sold all Agilent Technologies Inc shares owned while 189 reduced positions. 48 funds bought stakes while 168 increased positions. They now own 266.26 million shares or 3.79% less from 276.75 million shares in 2016Q1.
Nine Chapters Capital Management Llc holds 6.59% of its portfolio in Agilent Technologies Inc for 7,100 shares. Robecosam Usa Inc. owns 99,198 shares or 5.48% of their US portfolio. Moreover, Impax Asset Management Ltd has 3.63% invested in the company for 1.64 million shares. The New York-based Cantillon Capital Management Llc has invested 3.37% in the stock. Robecosam Ag, a Switzerland-based fund reported 768,225 shares.
Out of 10 analysts covering Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE:A), 7 rate it a “Buy”, 0 “Sell”, while 3 “Hold”. This means 70% are positive. $55 is the highest target while $39 is the lowest. The $47.30 average target is 5.04% above today’s ($45.03) stock price. Agilent Technologies Inc. has been the topic of 19 analyst reports since October 2, 2015 according to StockzIntelligence Inc. BTIG Research maintained the stock on August 18 with “Buy” rating. Robert W. Baird upgraded it to “Outperform” rating and $48 target price in a December 9 report. Evercore maintained the shares of A in a report on August 18 with “Buy” rating. Lastly, Deutsche Bank initiated the stock with “Hold” rating in a January 7 report.
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