Traders purchased shares of Monsanto Company (NYSE:MON) on weakness during trading hours on Friday. $257.55 million flowed into the stock on the tick-up and $139.97 million flowed out of the stock on the tick-down, for a money net flow of $117.58 million into the stock. Of all companies tracked, Monsanto had the 16th highest net in-flow for the day. Monsanto traded down ($0.50) for the day and closed at $117.35

MON has been the topic of several research reports. UBS cut Monsanto from a “buy” rating to a “neutral” rating and set a $128.00 target price on the stock. in a research note on Friday, August 18th. BidaskClub upgraded Monsanto from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Saturday, August 19th. Zacks Investment Research upgraded Monsanto from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $131.00 target price on the stock in a research note on Tuesday, August 29th. BMO Capital Markets restated a “buy” rating and issued a $128.00 target price on shares of Monsanto in a research note on Friday, September 1st. Finally, Jefferies Group restated a “hold” rating and issued a $128.00 target price on shares of Monsanto in a research note on Friday, September 15th. Twelve analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and three have given a buy rating to the company’s stock. The company presently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $124.61.

The firm has a market capitalization of $51,660.00, a P/E ratio of 21.35, a PEG ratio of 1.70 and a beta of 1.04. 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 announced its quarterly earnings data on Wednesday, October 4th. The basic materials company reported $0.20 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, topping analysts’ consensus estimates of ($0.41) by $0.61. Monsanto had a return on equity of 42.40% and a net margin of 15.44%. The company had revenue of $2.69 billion for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $2.51 billion. During the same quarter in the prior year, the business posted $0.07 EPS. The business’s revenue was up 4.8% compared to the same quarter last year. equities research analysts expect that Monsanto Company will post 5.74 earnings per share for the current year.

The business also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, January 26th. Stockholders of record on Friday, January 5th will be paid a dividend of $0.54 per share. This represents a $2.16 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 1.84%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Thursday, January 4th. Monsanto’s dividend payout ratio is currently 42.52%.

In related news, EVP Steven Mizell sold 11,526 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, October 9th. The stock was sold at an average price of $119.70, for a total transaction of $1,379,662.20. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which is available through this hyperlink. Also, VP Duraiswami Narain sold 2,860 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, September 25th. The stock was sold at an average price of $120.00, for a total value of $343,200.00. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. In the last quarter, insiders have sold 49,236 shares of company stock worth $5,931,934. Company insiders own 0.79% of the company’s stock.

Hedge funds have recently bought and sold shares of the stock. Parametric Portfolio Associates LLC grew its holdings in Monsanto by 2.8% in the 3rd quarter. Parametric Portfolio Associates LLC now owns 926,114 shares of the basic materials company’s stock valued at $110,967,000 after buying an additional 25,101 shares in the last quarter. Steward Partners Investment Advisory LLC acquired a new position in Monsanto in the 3rd quarter valued at $356,000. Public Employees Retirement System of Ohio grew its holdings in Monsanto by 1.0% in the 3rd quarter. Public Employees Retirement System of Ohio now owns 316,002 shares of the basic materials company’s stock valued at $37,863,000 after buying an additional 3,201 shares in the last quarter. Davis Selected Advisers grew its holdings in Monsanto by 0.4% in the 3rd quarter. Davis Selected Advisers now owns 428,111 shares of the basic materials company’s stock valued at $51,296,000 after buying an additional 1,911 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Americafirst Capital Management LLC acquired a new position in Monsanto in the 3rd quarter valued at $148,000. 75.70% of the stock is currently owned by institutional investors and hedge funds.

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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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