Head-To-Head Survey: Seer (NASDAQ:SEER) & Agilent Technologies (NYSE:A)

Agilent Technologies (NYSE:AGet Rating) and Seer (NASDAQ:SEERGet Rating) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their risk, institutional ownership, profitability, earnings, valuation, analyst recommendations and dividends.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Agilent Technologies 19.94% 28.46% 14.08%
Seer -646.27% -18.80% -17.32%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and recommmendations for Agilent Technologies and Seer, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Agilent Technologies 0 4 9 0 2.69
Seer 0 2 0 0 2.00

Agilent Technologies presently has a consensus target price of $151.31, indicating a potential upside of 2.85%. Seer has a consensus target price of $11.50, indicating a potential upside of 54.16%. Given Seer’s higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Seer is more favorable than Agilent Technologies.

Volatility & Risk

Agilent Technologies has a beta of 1.06, suggesting that its share price is 6% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Seer has a beta of 1.67, suggesting that its share price is 67% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

75.9% of Seer shares are owned by institutional investors. 18.0% of Seer shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Agilent Technologies and Seer’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Agilent Technologies $6.32 billion 6.89 $1.21 billion $4.39 33.51
Seer $6.62 million 70.37 -$71.17 million ($1.45) -5.14

Agilent Technologies has higher revenue and earnings than Seer. Seer is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Agilent Technologies, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Summary

Agilent Technologies beats Seer on 9 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Agilent Technologies

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Agilent Technologies, Inc. provides application focused solutions to the life sciences, diagnostics, and applied chemical markets worldwide. 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; cell imaging systems; microplate reader; laboratory software; information management and analytics; laboratory automation and robotic systems; dissolution testing; vacuum pumps, and measurement technologies. The Diagnostics and Genomics segment provides arrays for DNA mutation detection, genotyping, gene copy number determination, identification of gene rearrangements, DNA methylation profiling, gene expression profiling, next generation sequencing, target enrichment and genetic data management, and interpretation support software; and produces synthesized oligonucleotide. It also offers immunohistochemistry in situ hybridization, and hematoxylin and eosin staining and special staining; consumables, and software for quality control analysis of nucleic acid samples; and reagents for use in turbidimetry and flow cytometry, as well as develops liquid-based pharmacodiagnostics. The Agilent CrossLab segment provides GC and LC columns, sample preparation products, custom chemistries, and laboratory instrument supplies; and startup, operational, training, compliance support, software as a service, 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 incorporated in 1999 and is headquartered in Santa Clara, California.

About Seer

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Seer, Inc., a life sciences company, engages in developing and commercializing products to decode the secrets of the proteome. It develops Proteograph Product Suite, an integrated solution that comprises consumables, an automation instrumentation, and software that allows researchers to conduct proteomic studies in therapeutic and diagnostic research, and clinical trials. The company intends to sell its products for research purposes, which cover academic institutions, life sciences, and research laboratories, as well as biopharmaceutical and biotechnology companies for non-diagnostic and non-clinical purposes. It has a collaboration agreement with Discovery Life Sciences, LLC. and the Salk Institute for Biological Studies. The company was formerly known as Seer Biosciences, Inc. and changed its name to Seer, Inc. in July 2018. Seer, Inc. was incorporated in 2017 and is headquartered in Redwood City, California.

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