Monsanto Company (NYSE:MON)‘s stock had its “equal weight” rating restated by equities researchers at Barclays PLC in a research note issued to investors on Thursday. They presently have a $124.00 price objective on the basic materials company’s stock, up from their previous price objective of $120.00. Barclays PLC’s target price points to a potential upside of 3.45% from the stock’s previous close.

Several other equities analysts also recently commented on MON. UBS AG downgraded Monsanto from a “positive” rating to a “neutral” rating in a report on Tuesday, June 27th. Susquehanna Bancshares Inc reiterated a “neutral” rating and set a $128.00 price target (up previously from $125.00) on shares of Monsanto in a report on Tuesday, June 27th. Vetr upgraded Monsanto from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $122.35 price target on the stock in a report on Tuesday, June 27th. Royal Bank Of Canada reiterated a “sector perform” rating and set a $128.00 price target (up previously from $120.00) on shares of Monsanto in a report on Thursday, June 29th. Finally, BidaskClub upgraded Monsanto from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Thursday, June 29th. Ten equities research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and seven have issued a buy rating to the company’s stock. The company has an average rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $125.64.

Monsanto (NYSE MON) traded down 0.24% during midday trading on Thursday, reaching $119.57. 680,813 shares of the company’s stock traded hands. Monsanto has a 52 week low of $97.35 and a 52 week high of $120.50. The stock has a market capitalization of $52.53 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 25.83 and a beta of 1.07. The company’s 50-day moving average price is $118.18 and its 200 day moving average price is $117.00. Monsanto also saw some unusual options trading on Wednesday. Investors bought 63,484 put options on the stock. This represents an increase of approximately 1,793% compared to the typical daily volume of 3,354 put options.

Monsanto (NYSE:MON) last announced its quarterly earnings results on Wednesday, October 4th. The basic materials company reported $0.20 EPS for the quarter, beating the consensus estimate 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 the consensus estimate of $2.51 billion. During the same quarter last year, the company posted $0.07 earnings per share. The company’s revenue for the quarter was up 4.8% compared to the same quarter last year. On average, equities research analysts expect that Monsanto will post $5.65 earnings per share for the current year.

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In other news, VP Duraiswami Narain sold 2,860 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction on Monday, September 25th. The shares were sold at an average price of $120.00, for a total value of $343,200.00. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which is available at this hyperlink. Also, COO Brett D. Begemann sold 22,640 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction on Monday, September 25th. The stock was sold at an average price of $120.03, for a total transaction of $2,717,479.20. Following the completion of the sale, the chief operating officer now owns 85,439 shares in the company, valued at approximately $10,255,243.17. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. In the last 90 days, insiders sold 77,910 shares of company stock worth $9,242,439. 0.79% of the stock is currently owned by corporate insiders.

Institutional investors and hedge funds have recently bought and sold shares of the business. Pinnacle Financial Partners Inc. acquired a new stake in Monsanto during the second quarter worth $114,000. Bruderman Asset Management LLC acquired a new stake in Monsanto during the second quarter worth $116,000. Tower Research Capital LLC TRC boosted its stake in Monsanto by 230.1% during the second quarter. Tower Research Capital LLC TRC now owns 1,076 shares of the basic materials company’s stock worth $128,000 after buying an additional 750 shares in the last quarter. JNBA Financial Advisors boosted its stake in Monsanto by 3.9% during the first quarter. JNBA Financial Advisors now owns 1,193 shares of the basic materials company’s stock worth $135,000 after buying an additional 45 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Armbruster Capital Management Inc. boosted its stake in Monsanto by 12.2% during the second quarter. Armbruster Capital Management Inc. now owns 1,147 shares of the basic materials company’s stock worth $136,000 after buying an additional 125 shares in the last quarter. Hedge funds and other institutional investors own 74.81% of the company’s stock.

About Monsanto

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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