Mosaic Company (The) (NYSE:MOS) was the target of some unusual options trading activity on Tuesday. Investors acquired 574 call options on the company. This represents an increase of 160% compared to the average volume of 221 call options.

In other news, Director Robert L. Lumpkins acquired 7,000 shares of Mosaic Company (The) stock in a transaction dated Monday, August 21st. The shares were acquired at an average cost of $19.94 per share, for a total transaction of $139,580.00. Following the acquisition, the director now owns 9,339 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $186,219.66. The acquisition was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is accessible through the SEC website. 0.38% of the stock is currently owned by company insiders.

A number of institutional investors and hedge funds have recently bought and sold shares of the stock. W. E. Donoghue & Co. LLC acquired a new stake in Mosaic Company (The) in the second quarter valued at $15,880,000. Sentry Investment Management LLC raised its holdings in Mosaic Company (The) by 1.0% in the second quarter. Sentry Investment Management LLC now owns 23,662 shares of the basic materials company’s stock valued at $540,000 after acquiring an additional 223 shares in the last quarter. Toronto Dominion Bank raised its holdings in shares of Mosaic Company (The) by 25.6% during the second quarter. Toronto Dominion Bank now owns 119,685 shares of the basic materials company’s stock worth $2,731,000 after purchasing an additional 24,373 shares during the period. Afam Capital Inc. raised its holdings in shares of Mosaic Company (The) by 39.1% during the second quarter. Afam Capital Inc. now owns 161,882 shares of the basic materials company’s stock worth $3,696,000 after purchasing an additional 45,534 shares during the period. Finally, Auxier Asset Management raised its holdings in shares of Mosaic Company (The) by 0.4% during the second quarter. Auxier Asset Management now owns 84,731 shares of the basic materials company’s stock worth $1,934,000 after purchasing an additional 300 shares during the period. 76.81% of the stock is currently owned by hedge funds and other institutional investors.

A number of brokerages have recently weighed in on MOS. BMO Capital Markets restated a “hold” rating and issued a $25.00 price objective on shares of Mosaic Company (The) in a report on Friday, September 8th. Vertical Research upgraded shares of Mosaic Company (The) from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Thursday, August 17th. BidaskClub lowered shares of Mosaic Company (The) from a “sell” rating to a “strong sell” rating in a report on Friday, August 11th. Stifel Nicolaus restated a “hold” rating and issued a $24.00 price objective (down from $27.00) on shares of Mosaic Company (The) in a report on Tuesday, August 8th. Finally, Royal Bank Of Canada restated a “sector perform” rating and issued a $23.00 price objective (down from $25.00) on shares of Mosaic Company (The) in a report on Tuesday, August 8th. Six research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, eight have assigned a hold rating and two have issued a buy rating to the company. Mosaic Company (The) has an average rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $25.15.

Shares of Mosaic Company (NYSE:MOS) opened at 20.46 on Friday. The company’s 50-day moving average is $20.81 and its 200 day moving average is $24.38. Mosaic Company has a 52 week low of $19.23 and a 52 week high of $34.36. The firm has a market capitalization of $7.18 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 48.71 and a beta of 1.27.

Mosaic Company (The) (NYSE:MOS) last posted its quarterly earnings results on Tuesday, August 1st. The basic materials company reported $0.29 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating the consensus estimate of $0.25 by $0.04. The firm had revenue of $1.75 billion for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $1.75 billion. Mosaic Company (The) had a net margin of 2.07% and a return on equity of 3.31%. The firm’s quarterly revenue was up 4.7% on a year-over-year basis. During the same period in the prior year, the company posted $0.06 earnings per share. Analysts anticipate that Mosaic Company will post $0.76 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The business also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Thursday, September 21st. Investors of record on Thursday, September 7th will be issued a $0.15 dividend. The ex-dividend date is Wednesday, September 6th. This represents a $0.60 annualized dividend and a yield of 2.93%. Mosaic Company (The)’s dividend payout ratio is presently 142.86%.

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About Mosaic Company (The)

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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