FMC Corporation (NYSE:FMC) – Research analysts at Jefferies Group boosted their Q3 2017 earnings per share (EPS) estimates for shares of FMC Corporation in a note issued to investors on Wednesday. Jefferies Group analyst L. Alexander now anticipates that the basic materials company will post earnings of $0.64 per share for the quarter, up from their prior forecast of $0.60. Jefferies Group currently has a “Buy” rating and a $108.00 price objective on the stock. Jefferies Group also issued estimates for FMC Corporation’s FY2018 earnings at $5.50 EPS and FY2019 earnings at $6.15 EPS.

A number of other research firms have also commented on FMC. Piper Jaffray Companies set a $85.00 price objective on shares of FMC Corporation and gave the company a “hold” rating in a research note on Friday, October 6th. Royal Bank Of Canada reaffirmed a “buy” rating and issued a $93.00 price objective on shares of FMC Corporation in a research note on Wednesday. KeyCorp reaffirmed a “buy” rating and issued a $98.00 price objective on shares of FMC Corporation in a research note on Wednesday, October 4th. Robert W. Baird reaffirmed a “hold” rating and issued a $86.00 price objective on shares of FMC Corporation in a research note on Tuesday, September 12th. Finally, Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of FMC Corporation from a “hold” rating to a “strong-buy” rating and set a $103.00 target price on the stock in a research report on Tuesday, October 3rd. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, five have issued a hold rating, fifteen have assigned a buy rating and one has assigned a strong buy rating to the company’s stock. FMC Corporation has an average rating of “Buy” and an average price target of $87.89.

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A number of institutional investors and hedge funds have recently added to or reduced their stakes in the business. RiverPoint Capital Management LLC raised its holdings in FMC Corporation by 4.4% during the first quarter. RiverPoint Capital Management LLC now owns 4,825 shares of the basic materials company’s stock worth $336,000 after buying an additional 205 shares during the last quarter. Raymond James Financial Services Advisors Inc. raised its holdings in FMC Corporation by 4.4% during the first quarter. Raymond James Financial Services Advisors Inc. now owns 5,048 shares of the basic materials company’s stock worth $351,000 after buying an additional 214 shares during the last quarter. KCG Holdings Inc. raised its holdings in FMC Corporation by 3.9% during the first quarter. KCG Holdings Inc. now owns 22,879 shares of the basic materials company’s stock worth $1,592,000 after buying an additional 860 shares during the last quarter. Xact Kapitalforvaltning AB raised its holdings in FMC Corporation by 6.3% during the second quarter. Xact Kapitalforvaltning AB now owns 22,519 shares of the basic materials company’s stock worth $1,645,000 after buying an additional 1,336 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Hanseatic Management Services Inc. raised its holdings in FMC Corporation by 13.3% during the second quarter. Hanseatic Management Services Inc. now owns 14,350 shares of the basic materials company’s stock worth $1,048,000 after buying an additional 1,688 shares during the last quarter. Hedge funds and other institutional investors own 90.39% of the company’s stock.

In other FMC Corporation news, VP Andrea E. Utecht sold 14,174 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction on Tuesday, August 29th. The shares were sold at an average price of $84.00, for a total transaction of $1,190,616.00. Following the transaction, the vice president now owns 131,639 shares in the company, valued at $11,057,676. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which is accessible through this link. Corporate insiders own 1.10% of the company’s stock.

The firm also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Thursday, October 19th. Shareholders of record on Friday, September 29th will be issued a dividend of $0.165 per share. The ex-dividend date is Thursday, September 28th. This represents a $0.66 annualized dividend and a yield of 0.71%. FMC Corporation’s payout ratio is 188.58%.

About FMC Corporation

FMC Corporation is a diversified chemical company serving agricultural, consumer and industrial markets. The Company operates in three business segments: FMC Agricultural Solutions, FMC Health and Nutrition, and FMC Lithium. As of December 31, 2016, the FMC Agricultural Solutions segment developed, marketed and sold three classes of crop protection chemicals: insecticides, herbicides and fungicides.

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