Monday, March 14, 2011

Stock Idea: Agilent Technologies, Inc. (A, $45.34)

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"Agilent Technologies, Inc.
(Agilent) is a measurement company providing bio-analytical and electronic measurement solutions to the communications, electronics, life sciences and chemical analysis industries." -- Morgan Stanley research, March 2011

Agilent has indicated that it's operations in Japan have not been affected by the earthquake, and that they are making immediate financial aid contributions towards the relief effort.

Near term consensus earnings growth is projected at 32%, 14% and 13% for fiscal years 2011 through 2013. The PE is 17 based on projected 2011 EPS. Agilent does not pay a dividend.

For ten years, Agilent stock has repeatedly traded between $12 and $40 per share. It has finally broken out of that trading range! I would be a buyer right now, and use stop loss orders to protect my investment on the downside. (Stocks which are reaching new highs tend to keep going up for a while.)

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