Shares of Mosaic Company (The) (NYSE:MOS) have been given a consensus broker rating score of 3.08 (Hold) from the thirteen brokers that cover the company, Zacks Investment Research reports. One research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating and twelve have issued a hold rating on the company. Mosaic Company (The)’s rating score has improved by 5.2% from 90 days ago as a result of a number of analysts’ upgrades and downgrades.

Brokers have set a 12-month consensus target price of $26.09 for the company and are expecting that the company will post $0.26 earnings per share for the current quarter, according to Zacks. Zacks has also assigned Mosaic Company (The) an industry rank of 41 out of 265 based on the ratings given to its competitors.

Several research firms have recently weighed in on MOS. BidaskClub lowered Mosaic Company (The) from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research note on Friday, July 28th. Royal Bank Of Canada lowered their price objective on Mosaic Company (The) from $26.00 to $25.00 and set a “sector perform” rating on the stock in a research note on Friday, July 14th. Stifel Nicolaus reiterated a “hold” rating and issued a $27.00 price objective on shares of Mosaic Company (The) in a research note on Friday, July 14th. Citigroup Inc. lowered their price objective on Mosaic Company (The) from $27.00 to $26.00 and set a “neutral” rating on the stock in a research note on Wednesday, July 12th. Finally, Zacks Investment Research upgraded Mosaic Company (The) from a “strong sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Wednesday, July 12th.

In other news, Director Robert L. Lumpkins acquired 7,000 shares of Mosaic Company (The) stock in a transaction on Monday, August 21st. The shares were purchased at an average price of C$19.94 per share, with a total value of C$139,580.00. Following the acquisition, the director now owns 9,339 shares in the company, valued at C$186,219.66. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which is available through this link. 0.38% of the stock is currently owned by corporate insiders.

A number of large investors have recently bought and sold shares of the business. BNP Paribas Arbitrage SA lifted its holdings in Mosaic Company (The) by 14.3% during the 3rd quarter. BNP Paribas Arbitrage SA now owns 472,470 shares of the company’s stock worth $10,201,000 after buying an additional 59,028 shares in the last quarter. FDx Advisors Inc. lifted its holdings in Mosaic Company (The) by 8.2% during the 3rd quarter. FDx Advisors Inc. now owns 86,488 shares of the company’s stock worth $1,867,000 after buying an additional 6,533 shares in the last quarter. Alps Advisors Inc. lifted its holdings in Mosaic Company (The) by 17.4% during the 3rd quarter. Alps Advisors Inc. now owns 2,336,343 shares of the company’s stock worth $50,442,000 after buying an additional 346,093 shares in the last quarter. Stoneridge Investment Partners LLC lifted its holdings in Mosaic Company (The) by 23.4% during the 3rd quarter. Stoneridge Investment Partners LLC now owns 195,392 shares of the company’s stock worth $4,219,000 after buying an additional 37,084 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Becker Capital Management Inc. lifted its holdings in Mosaic Company (The) by 1.5% during the 3rd quarter. Becker Capital Management Inc. now owns 1,550,251 shares of the company’s stock worth $33,470,000 after buying an additional 22,615 shares in the last quarter. 77.23% of the stock is currently owned by hedge funds and other institutional investors.

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Mosaic Company (MOS) traded down C$0.26 during mid-day trading on Friday, hitting C$22.38. 4,462,348 shares of the company’s stock traded hands, compared to its average volume of 4,089,657. The firm has a market capitalization of $7.88 billion, a PE ratio of 22.02 and a beta of 1.27.

Mosaic Company (The) (NYSE:MOS) last released its quarterly earnings data on Tuesday, October 31st. The company reported C$0.43 earnings per share for the quarter, beating the 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 company had revenue of C$1.98 billion for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of C$1.93 billion. During the same period in the prior year, the company posted $0.41 EPS. The company’s revenue was up 1.7% compared to the same quarter last year. equities research analysts expect that Mosaic Company will post 0.88 earnings per share for the current year.

The company also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Thursday, December 21st. Shareholders of record on Thursday, December 7th will be issued a dividend of $0.025 per share. This represents a $0.10 annualized dividend and a yield of 0.45%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Wednesday, December 6th. Mosaic Company (The)’s dividend payout ratio is 62.50%.

Mosaic Company (The) Company 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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