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Earnings Growth & Price Strength Make Agilent Technologies (A) a Stock to Watch

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Focus List Spotlight: Agilent Technologies (A)

Palo Alto, CA-based Agilent Technologies, Inc. was originally a spin-off from Hewlett-Packard. The company is an original equipment manufacturer (OEM) of a broad-based portfolio of test and measurement products serving multiple end markets.

Since being added to the Focus List on July 11, 2017 at $59.86 per share, shares of A have increased 155.05% to $152.67. The stock is currently a #2 (Buy) on the Zacks Rank.

Three analysts revised their earnings estimate higher in the last 60 days for fiscal 2021, while the Zacks Consensus Estimate has increased $0.04 to $4.13. An also boasts an average earnings surprise of 15.8%.

Moreover, analysts are expecting A's earnings to grow 25.9% for the current fiscal year.

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