Aperio Group LLC grew its stake in Mosaic Company (The) (NYSE:MOS) by 6.9% during the third quarter, according to its most recent Form 13F filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission. The institutional investor owned 115,500 shares of the company’s stock after purchasing an additional 7,485 shares during the quarter. Aperio Group LLC’s holdings in Mosaic Company (The) were worth $2,494,000 at the end of the most recent reporting period.

Several other hedge funds also recently bought and sold shares of the company. CIBC Asset Management Inc lifted its holdings in shares of Mosaic Company (The) by 0.4% in the second quarter. CIBC Asset Management Inc now owns 37,157 shares of the company’s stock valued at $848,000 after purchasing an additional 149 shares in the last quarter. Sentry Investment Management LLC lifted its holdings in Mosaic Company (The) by 1.0% during the second quarter. Sentry Investment Management LLC now owns 23,662 shares of the company’s stock worth $540,000 after acquiring an additional 223 shares during the period. Bank of Hawaii lifted its holdings in Mosaic Company (The) by 0.8% during the second quarter. Bank of Hawaii now owns 36,496 shares of the company’s stock worth $833,000 after acquiring an additional 287 shares during the period. Xact Kapitalforvaltning AB lifted its holdings in Mosaic Company (The) by 0.6% during the second quarter. Xact Kapitalforvaltning AB now owns 53,096 shares of the company’s stock worth $1,212,000 after acquiring an additional 297 shares during the period. Finally, Louisiana State Employees Retirement System lifted its holdings in Mosaic Company (The) by 1.4% during the second quarter. Louisiana State Employees Retirement System now owns 21,800 shares of the company’s stock worth $498,000 after acquiring an additional 300 shares during the period. Institutional investors own 77.68% of the company’s stock.

A number of analysts recently commented on MOS shares. Morgan Stanley dropped their price target on Mosaic Company (The) from $27.00 to $25.00 and set an “equal weight” rating on the stock in a report on Monday, August 7th. Zacks Investment Research lowered Mosaic Company (The) from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Tuesday, November 7th. Royal Bank Of Canada dropped their price target on Mosaic Company (The) to C$23.00 and set a “sector perform” rating on the stock in a report on Thursday, August 3rd. BMO Capital Markets reiterated a “hold” rating and set a $25.00 price target on shares of Mosaic Company (The) in a report on Friday, September 8th. Finally, Stifel Nicolaus set a $24.00 price target on Mosaic Company (The) and gave the stock a “hold” rating in a report on Wednesday, August 2nd. Four equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, eleven have issued a hold rating and three have issued a buy rating to the company. The stock currently has an average rating of “Hold” and an average target price of C$23.91.

In other news, Director Robert L. Lumpkins purchased 7,000 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction on Monday, August 21st. The stock was purchased at an average price of C$19.94 per share, with a total value of C$139,580.00. Following the completion of the purchase, the director now directly owns 9,339 shares in the company, valued at approximately C$186,219.66. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is available through this hyperlink. Insiders own 0.38% of the company’s stock.

Shares of Mosaic Company (NYSE MOS) opened at C$22.84 on Monday. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.37, a quick ratio of 0.90 and a current ratio of 1.78. Mosaic Company has a 52 week low of C$19.23 and a 52 week high of C$34.36. The stock has a market capitalization of $8,017.96, a PE ratio of 22.39, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 2.72 and a beta of 1.27.

Mosaic Company (The) (NYSE:MOS) last issued its quarterly earnings results on Tuesday, October 31st. The company reported C$0.43 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, topping the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of C$0.25 by C$0.18. Mosaic Company (The) had a return on equity of 3.61% and a net margin of 4.68%. The firm had revenue of C$1.98 billion during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of C$1.93 billion. During the same quarter in the previous year, the company posted $0.41 earnings per share. The company’s revenue was up 1.7% compared to the same quarter last year. sell-side analysts forecast that Mosaic Company will post 0.88 EPS for the current year.

The company also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Thursday, December 21st. Shareholders of record on Thursday, December 7th will be paid a dividend of $0.025 per share. This represents a $0.10 annualized dividend and a yield of 0.44%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Wednesday, December 6th. Mosaic Company (The)’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is currently 62.50%.

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Mosaic Company (The) Profile

The Mosaic Company is a producer and marketer of concentrated phosphate and potash crop nutrients. The Company operates through three segments: Phosphates, Potash and International Distribution. The Company is a supplier of phosphate- and potash-based crop nutrients and animal feed ingredients. The Phosphates segment owns and operates mines and production facilities in Florida, which produce concentrated phosphate crop nutrients and phosphate-based animal feed ingredients, and processing plants in Louisiana, which produce concentrated phosphate crop nutrients.

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