Critical Survey: Agilent Technologies (A) versus Arrayit (ARYC)

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Agilent Technologies (NYSE:A) and Arrayit (OTCMKTS:ARYC) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their earnings, institutional ownership, valuation, risk, dividends, profitability and analyst recommendations.

Profitability

This table compares Agilent Technologies and Arrayit’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Agilent Technologies 6.43% 19.84% 10.56%
Arrayit N/A N/A N/A

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings and recommmendations for Agilent Technologies and Arrayit, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Agilent Technologies 0 2 6 0 2.75
Arrayit 0 0 0 0 N/A

Agilent Technologies presently has a consensus price target of $81.60, suggesting a potential upside of 7.26%. Given Agilent Technologies’ higher probable upside, equities research analysts clearly believe Agilent Technologies is more favorable than Arrayit.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Agilent Technologies and Arrayit’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Agilent Technologies $4.91 billion 4.93 $316.00 million $2.79 27.27
Arrayit N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A

Agilent Technologies has higher revenue and earnings than Arrayit.

Dividends

Agilent Technologies pays an annual dividend of $0.66 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.9%. Arrayit does not pay a dividend. Agilent Technologies pays out 23.7% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Agilent Technologies has increased its dividend for 3 consecutive years.

Volatility & Risk

Agilent Technologies has a beta of 1.33, indicating that its share price is 33% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Arrayit has a beta of 0.1, indicating that its share price is 90% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

Agilent Technologies beats Arrayit on 9 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Agilent Technologies

Agilent Technologies, Inc. provides application focused solutions to the life sciences, diagnostics, and applied chemical markets worldwide. It operates through three segments: Life Sciences and Applied Markets, Diagnostics and Genomics, and Agilent CrossLab. The 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; raman spectroscopy; cell analysis plate based assays; flow cytometer; real-time cell analyzer; laboratory software and information management and analytics; laboratory automation and robotic systems; dissolution testing; vacuum pumps; and measurement technologies. The 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, genetic data management, and interpretation support software; and equipment focused on production of synthesized oligonucleotides for use as active pharmaceutical ingredients. The Agilent CrossLab segment offers GC and LC columns, sample preparation products, custom chemistries, and various laboratory instrument supplies; and startup, operational, training, compliance support, and software as a service, as well as asset management and consultation services. The company markets its products through direct sales, distributors, resellers, manufacturer's representatives, and electronic commerce. Agilent Technologies, Inc. was founded in 1999 and is headquartered in Santa Clara, California.

About Arrayit

Arrayit Corporation, a life sciences technology company, develops, manufactures, and markets life science tools and integrated systems for the analysis of genetic variation, biological function, and diagnostics worldwide. The company is involved in the development and support of microarray tools and components; custom printing and analysis of microarrays for research; and the identification and development of diagnostic microarrays and tools for early detection of treatable disease states. It offers microarray printing technology, which allows the manufacture of DNA, protein, antibody, lipid, carbohydrate, and other types of microarrays for research and diagnostic applications, including gene expression, genotyping, protein profiling, and others. The company also provides automated microarray manufacturing instruments, including NanoPrint, SpotBot Titan, SpotBot Extreme, SpotBo Protein, and Personal microarrayers, as well as SpotLight CCD fluorescence scanners, SpotWare colorimetric scanners, InnoScan laser scanners, TrayMix hybridization stations, ArrayMix hybridization stations, centrifuges, air jets, vacuum products, and laboratory tools and bioinformatics computers. In addition, it manufactures consumables, such as glass substrates and slides, reagents, solutions, kits, and clean room supplies; and provides variation identification platform technology that allows diagnostic tests to be performed by depositing approximately 100,000 patient samples onto a single microarray. Further, the company is involved in the import, export, manufacture, and distribution of wholesale industrial chemicals. Arrayit Corporation offers its tools and services to genomic research centers, pharmaceutical companies, academic institutions, clinical research organizations, government agencies, and biotechnology companies. The company is headquartered in Sunnyvale, California.

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