16.21% to Target, Jefferies Maintains “Buy” Rating for Agilent (A) Stock; Orleans Capital Management Lowered By $344,421 Its Southern Co (SO) Stake

Among 14 analysts covering Agilent Technologies (NYSE:A), 10 have Buy rating, 0 Sell and 4 Hold. Therefore 71% are positive. Agilent Technologies has $88 highest and $5 lowest target. $68.85’s average target is -1.22% below currents $69.7 stock price. Agilent Technologies had 54 analyst reports since August 14, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. The stock of Agilent Technologies, Inc. (NYSE:A) has “Overweight” rating given on Tuesday, November 14 by Morgan Stanley. The firm has “Outperform” rating given on Thursday, January 7 by Cowen & Co. The stock has “Hold” rating by Cowen & Co on Monday, November 20. The stock has “Buy” rating by Bank of America on Tuesday, August 15. Goldman Sachs upgraded it to “Buy” rating and $48 target in Tuesday, December 8 report. The stock of Agilent Technologies, Inc. (NYSE:A) earned “Buy” rating by Robert W. Baird on Thursday, October 19. Jefferies maintained Agilent Technologies, Inc. (NYSE:A) rating on Thursday, February 15. Jefferies has “Buy” rating and $81.0 target. The stock of Agilent Technologies, Inc. (NYSE:A) earned “Buy” rating by Jefferies on Wednesday, September 20. Goldman Sachs maintained Agilent Technologies, Inc. (NYSE:A) on Wednesday, May 11 with “Buy” rating. The firm earned “Outperform” rating on Thursday, May 26 by Cowen & Co.

Orleans Capital Management Corp decreased Southern Co (SO) stake by 10.78% reported in 2017Q3 SEC filing. Orleans Capital Management Corp sold 7,029 shares as Southern Co (SO)’s stock rose 4.35%. The Orleans Capital Management Corp holds 58,173 shares with $2.86 million value, down from 65,202 last quarter. Southern Co now has $43.74B valuation. The stock decreased 2.33% or $1.04 during the last trading session, reaching $43.58. About 8.01M shares traded or 19.76% up from the average. The Southern Company (NYSE:SO) has risen 2.49% since February 15, 2017 and is uptrending. It has underperformed by 14.21% the S&P500.

The stock increased 1.99% or $1.36 during the last trading session, reaching $69.7. About 3.64 million shares traded or 69.16% up from the average. Agilent Technologies, Inc. (NYSE:A) has risen 25.96% since February 15, 2017 and is uptrending. It has outperformed by 9.26% the S&P500.

Since August 16, 2017, it had 0 insider buys, and 10 sales for $14.15 million activity. McMullen Michael R. sold $1.58 million worth of Agilent Technologies, Inc. (NYSE:A) on Thursday, January 18. Another trade for 1,200 shares valued at $79,200 was sold by HIRSCH DIDIER. Kaltenbach Patrick also sold $326,300 worth of Agilent Technologies, Inc. (NYSE:A) shares. Grau Dominique also sold $806,434 worth of Agilent Technologies, Inc. (NYSE:A) shares. Doak Mark also sold $764,761 worth of Agilent Technologies, Inc. (NYSE:A) on Friday, August 18. The insider KOH BOON HWEE sold 4,500 shares worth $286,335.

Investors sentiment increased to 1.4 in Q3 2017. Its up 0.18, from 1.22 in 2017Q2. It increased, as 26 investors sold Agilent Technologies, Inc. shares while 166 reduced holdings. 74 funds opened positions while 194 raised stakes. 267.56 million shares or 0.84% less from 269.83 million shares in 2017Q2 were reported. Comerica Fincl Bank has 98,592 shares. Citigroup has 0.03% invested in Agilent Technologies, Inc. (NYSE:A) for 492,986 shares. Sit Investment Associate reported 0% stake. Picton Mahoney Asset owns 267,900 shares or 1.3% of their US portfolio. Hsbc Public Ltd Co reported 702,865 shares. The Texas-based Linscomb And Williams has invested 0.04% in Agilent Technologies, Inc. (NYSE:A). Gabelli Funds Limited Liability Co, New York-based fund reported 23,200 shares. Gamco Investors Et Al holds 117,400 shares. The California-based Primecap Mgmt Company Ca has invested 0.26% in Agilent Technologies, Inc. (NYSE:A). Macquarie Grp Inc Ltd holds 0.02% or 148,350 shares. The New York-based Cibc Ww Mkts Corporation has invested 0.03% in Agilent Technologies, Inc. (NYSE:A). Trexquant Inv L P invested in 0.05% or 3,386 shares. Winslow Evans & Crocker reported 6,350 shares stake. Lenox Wealth Mngmt holds 0.01% or 235 shares in its portfolio. Dorsey & Whitney Tru Ltd reported 0.05% in Agilent Technologies, Inc. (NYSE:A).

Agilent Technologies, Inc. provides application focused solutions to the life sciences, diagnostics, and applied chemical markets worldwide. The company has market cap of $22.49 billion. The Company’s Life Sciences and Applied Markets segment offers liquid chromatography systems and components; liquid chromatography mass spectrometry systems; gas chromatography systems and components; gas chromatography mass spectrometry systems; inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry instruments; atomic absorption instruments; microwave plasma-atomic emission spectrometry instruments; inductively coupled plasma optical emission spectrometry instruments; laboratory software and informatics systems; laboratory automation and robotic systems; dissolution testing; vacuum pumps; and measurement technologies. It has a 33.19 P/E ratio. The companyÂ’s Diagnostics and Genomics segment provides reagents, instruments, software, and consumables; arrays for DNA mutation detection, genotyping, gene copy number determination, identification of gene rearrangements, DNA methylation profiling, and gene expression profiling, as well as sequencing target enrichment services; and equipment focused on production of synthesized oligonucleotides for use as active pharmaceutical ingredients.

Among 20 analysts covering The Southern Company (NYSE:SO), 5 have Buy rating, 6 Sell and 9 Hold. Therefore 25% are positive. The Southern Company has $62 highest and $43 lowest target. $49.16’s average target is 12.80% above currents $43.58 stock price. The Southern Company had 63 analyst reports since July 21, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. The stock of The Southern Company (NYSE:SO) earned “Hold” rating by SunTrust on Tuesday, January 16. The rating was maintained by Jefferies with “Buy” on Wednesday, July 19. Jefferies maintained it with “Buy” rating and $5500 target in Tuesday, June 6 report. Morgan Stanley maintained The Southern Company (NYSE:SO) rating on Thursday, August 10. Morgan Stanley has “Underweight” rating and $50 target. The firm has “Buy” rating by Mizuho given on Tuesday, December 26. The firm has “Hold” rating given on Wednesday, October 18 by KeyBanc Capital Markets. The stock of The Southern Company (NYSE:SO) earned “Underweight” rating by Morgan Stanley on Tuesday, February 13. The rating was upgraded by Guggenheim on Thursday, September 14 to “Buy”. SunTrust maintained The Southern Company (NYSE:SO) on Wednesday, January 3 with “Hold” rating. Goldman Sachs maintained the shares of SO in report on Thursday, July 14 with “Neutral” rating.

Analysts await The Southern Company (NYSE:SO) to report earnings on February, 28. They expect $0.47 earnings per share, up 95.83% or $0.23 from last year’s $0.24 per share. SO’s profit will be $471.70 million for 23.18 P/E if the $0.47 EPS becomes a reality. After $1.12 actual earnings per share reported by The Southern Company for the previous quarter, Wall Street now forecasts -58.04% negative EPS growth.

Investors sentiment decreased to 1 in 2017 Q3. Its down 0.16, from 1.16 in 2017Q2. It fall, as 51 investors sold SO shares while 353 reduced holdings. 76 funds opened positions while 330 raised stakes. 525.28 million shares or 0.91% more from 520.53 million shares in 2017Q2 were reported. Glob X Mngmt holds 0.25% or 189,651 shares in its portfolio. Koshinski Asset holds 0.08% or 5,239 shares. Umb Bancshares N A Mo stated it has 50,582 shares. Montecito Retail Bank And Tru owns 0.13% invested in The Southern Company (NYSE:SO) for 7,571 shares. Crestpoint Capital Mgmt Ltd Liability Co has invested 0.84% of its portfolio in The Southern Company (NYSE:SO). Nomura Asset Mgmt Ltd holds 260,620 shares or 0.17% of its portfolio. Heritage Investors Corporation invested 0.05% of its portfolio in The Southern Company (NYSE:SO). Private Harbour Investment & Counsel Lc reported 15,562 shares. Camarda Financial Advsr Ltd Limited Liability Company holds 0.06% or 1,159 shares in its portfolio. Dixon Hubard Feinour And Brown Va has 0.86% invested in The Southern Company (NYSE:SO) for 61,323 shares. Capwealth Advsrs Ltd Liability Corp accumulated 19,723 shares. Vantage Investment Limited Liability Corp, a Pennsylvania-based fund reported 2,517 shares. Schnieders Cap Mgmt Ltd, California-based fund reported 55,882 shares. Burney Com holds 0.04% in The Southern Company (NYSE:SO) or 11,791 shares. Argi Inv Svcs Ltd Llc has 0.08% invested in The Southern Company (NYSE:SO).

Since October 10, 2017, it had 0 insider buys, and 4 insider sales for $8.29 million activity. $2.46 million worth of The Southern Company (NYSE:SO) shares were sold by BEATTIE ART P. On Friday, October 20 the insider Kerr – II James Y sold $1.30 million. On Friday, October 20 the insider Daiss Ann P sold $261,400. BOWERS WILLIAM P sold 85,151 shares worth $4.26M.