Agilent Technologies Inc. Fourth Quarter Earnings Sneak Peek

S&P 500 (NYSE:SPY) component Agilent Technologies, Inc. (NYSE:A) will unveil its latest earnings on Tuesday, November 15, 2011. Agilent Technologies is focused on the design and manufacturing of core bio-analytical and electronic measurement solutions. It serves customers in sectors such as communications, electronics, life sciences, and chemical analysis.

Agilent Technologies, Inc. Earnings Preview Cheat Sheet

Wall St. Earnings Expectations: The average estimate of analysts is for net income of 81 cents per share, a rise of 24.6% from the company’s actual earnings for the same quarter a year ago. The average estimate is the same as three months ago. Between one and three months ago, the average estimate was unchanged. It also has not changed during the last month. For the year, analysts are projecting profit of $2.91 per share, a rise of 45.5% from last year.

Past Earnings Performance: The company has beaten estimates the last four quarters and is coming off a quarter where it topped forecasts by 4 cents, reporting net income of 77 cents per share against a mean estimate of profit of 73 cents per share.

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Wall St. Revenue Expectations: Analysts are projecting a rise of 10.8% in revenue from the year-earlier quarter to $1.75 billion.

Analyst Ratings: Analysts are bullish on this stock with 12 analysts rating it as a buy, none rating it as a sell and one rating it as a hold.

A Look Back: In the third quarter, profit rose 61% to $330 million (92 cents a share) from $205 million (58 cents a share) the year earlier, exceeding analyst expectations. Revenue rose 22.2% to $1.69 billion from $1.38 billion.

Key Stats:

The company has enjoyed double-digit year-over-year percentage revenue growth for the past four quarters. Over that span, the company has averaged growth of 28.6%, with the biggest boost coming in the fourth quarter of the last fiscal year when revenue rose 35% from the year earlier quarter.

The company has seen net income rise in three straight quarters. Net income rose 85.2% in the second quarter and more than twofold in the first quarter.

Competitors to Watch: LeCROY Corporation (NASDAQ:LCRY), Danaher Corporation (NYSE:DHR), Wireless Telecom Group, Inc. (AMEX:WTT), Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. (NYSE:TMO), National Instruments Corp (NASDAQ:NATI), Life Technologies Corp. (NASDAQ:LIFE), JDS Uniphase Corporation (NASDAQ:JDSU), Spirent Communications Plc (SPMYY), PerkinElmer, Inc. (NYSE:PKI), and Aeroflex Holding Corp. (NYSE:ARX).

Stock Price Performance: During October 12, 2011 to November 9, 2011, the stock price had risen $2.29 (6.8%) from $33.78 to $36.07. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between December 15, 2010 and December 27, 2010 when shares rose for eight-straight days, rising 8.9% (+$3.44) over that span. It saw one of its worst periods between July 21, 2011 and August 2, 2011 when shares fell for nine-straight days, falling 17% (-$7.98) over that span. Shares are down $5.36 (-12.9%) year to date.

(Company fundamentals by Xignite Financials. Earnings estimates provided by Zacks)

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