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) pushed the Health Care sector lower today making it today's featured Health Care laggard. The sector as a whole closed the day up 0.6%. By the end of trading, Agilent Technologies fell $0.74 (-1.4%) to $53.11 on light volume. Throughout the day, 1,739,590 shares of Agilent Technologies exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2,683,900 shares. The stock ranged in price between $53.02-$54.13 after having opened the day at $54.11 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $53.85. Other companies within the Health Care sector that declined today were:
), down 38.6%,
), down 16.6%,
), down 16.4% and
), down 15.9%.
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Agilent Technologies, Inc. provides bio-analytical and electronic measurement solutions and services to the life sciences, chemical analysis, diagnostics and genomics, communications, and electronics industries worldwide. Agilent Technologies has a market cap of $17.9 billion and is part of the health services industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 18.8, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 31.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 13 analysts that rate Agilent Technologies a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.
TheStreet Ratings rates
. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, reasonable valuation levels, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.
- You can view the full Agilent Technologies Ratings Report.
On the positive front,
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), up 35.7%,
), up 35.7% and
), up 19.0% , were all gainers within the health care sector with
) being today's featured health care sector leader.
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