Vident Investment Advisory LLC bought a new position in shares of Monsanto Company (NYSE:MON) in the 3rd quarter, according to the company in its most recent 13F filing with the SEC. The firm bought 8,729 shares of the basic materials company’s stock, valued at approximately $1,046,000.

Several other institutional investors also recently bought and sold shares of the stock. Meyer Handelman Co. increased its holdings in Monsanto by 0.6% during the 3rd quarter. Meyer Handelman Co. now owns 124,552 shares of the basic materials company’s stock valued at $14,923,000 after purchasing an additional 706 shares in the last quarter. Toronto Dominion Bank increased its holdings in Monsanto by 6.3% during the 3rd quarter. Toronto Dominion Bank now owns 1,014,313 shares of the basic materials company’s stock valued at $121,519,000 after purchasing an additional 59,750 shares in the last quarter. Nikko Asset Management Americas Inc. increased its holdings in Monsanto by 1.3% during the 2nd quarter. Nikko Asset Management Americas Inc. now owns 450,700 shares of the basic materials company’s stock valued at $53,345,000 after purchasing an additional 5,700 shares in the last quarter. Oakbrook Investments LLC increased its holdings in Monsanto by 7.4% during the 3rd quarter. Oakbrook Investments LLC now owns 20,350 shares of the basic materials company’s stock valued at $2,438,000 after purchasing an additional 1,400 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Aviva PLC increased its holdings in Monsanto by 1.2% during the 2nd quarter. Aviva PLC now owns 304,501 shares of the basic materials company’s stock valued at $36,052,000 after purchasing an additional 3,569 shares in the last quarter. Institutional investors and hedge funds own 75.70% of the company’s stock.

Monsanto Company (MON) traded down $0.24 during midday trading on Friday, hitting $117.85. The stock had a trading volume of 1,385,700 shares, compared to its average volume of 1,976,619. The firm has a market cap of $51,983.22, a PE ratio of 21.35, a P/E/G ratio of 1.70 and a beta of 1.04. Monsanto Company has a one year low of $104.08 and a one year high of $122.79. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.12, a current ratio of 1.35 and a quick ratio of 0.83.

Monsanto (NYSE:MON) last released its earnings results on Wednesday, October 4th. The basic materials company reported $0.20 EPS for the quarter, beating the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of ($0.41) by $0.61. The company had revenue of $2.69 billion during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $2.51 billion. Monsanto had a return on equity of 42.40% and a net margin of 15.44%. The business’s revenue for the quarter was up 4.8% on a year-over-year basis. During the same period last year, the firm earned $0.07 EPS. equities research analysts forecast that Monsanto Company will post 5.74 earnings per share for the current year.

The company also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, January 26th. Stockholders of record on Friday, January 5th will be paid a $0.54 dividend. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Thursday, January 4th. This represents a $2.16 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 1.83%. Monsanto’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is currently 42.27%.

In related news, VP Duraiswami Narain sold 2,860 shares of Monsanto stock in a transaction on Monday, September 25th. The stock was sold at an average price of $120.00, for a total transaction of $343,200.00. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available through the SEC website. Also, CFO Pierre Courduroux sold 4,320 shares of Monsanto stock in a transaction on Thursday, October 19th. The stock was sold at an average price of $122.00, for a total value of $527,040.00. Following the sale, the chief financial officer now directly owns 48,388 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $5,903,336. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders sold a total of 49,236 shares of company stock valued at $5,931,934 over the last three months. Insiders own 0.79% of the company’s stock.

A number of equities research analysts recently weighed in on the company. Zacks Investment Research cut Monsanto from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Monday. Royal Bank of Canada reaffirmed a “hold” rating and set a $128.00 price target on shares of Monsanto in a report on Wednesday, November 15th. Wells Fargo & Company raised their price target on Monsanto from $107.50 to $118.00 and gave the company a “market perform” rating in a report on Tuesday, October 10th. Barclays reaffirmed an “equal weight” rating and set a $124.00 price target (up from $120.00) on shares of Monsanto in a report on Thursday, October 5th. Finally, BMO Capital Markets reaffirmed a “buy” rating and set a $128.00 price target on shares of Monsanto in a report on Thursday, October 5th. Twelve investment analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and three have given a buy rating to the company. The stock has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $124.61.

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Monsanto Company Profile

Monsanto Company (Monsanto), along with its subsidiaries, is a provider of agricultural products for farmers. The Company provides seeds, biotechnology trait products, herbicides and digital agriculture tools to farmers. The Company operates through two segments: Seeds and Genomics, and Agricultural Productivity.

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