2. As of noon trading, Agilent Technologies ( A) is up $0.64 (1.46) to $44.50 on heavy volume Thus far, 3.0 million shares of Agilent Technologies exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $43.43-$44.51 after having opened the day at $43.43 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $43.86.

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 $14.7 billion and is part of the health care sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 13.5, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 7.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Agilent Technologies as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, reasonable valuation levels, good cash flow from operations and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full Agilent Technologies Ratings Report now.

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