Mosaic Company (The) (NYSE:MOS) was the recipient of unusually large options trading on Wednesday. Traders bought 574 call options on the stock. This is an increase of 160% compared to the average volume of 221 call options.

A number of brokerages have issued reports on MOS. BidaskClub downgraded Mosaic Company (The) from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research report on Friday, July 28th. Royal Bank Of Canada reiterated a “hold” rating and set a $26.00 price target on shares of Mosaic Company (The) in a research report on Wednesday, July 12th. Citigroup Inc lowered their price target on Mosaic Company (The) from $27.00 to $26.00 and set a “neutral” rating on the stock in a research report on Wednesday, July 12th. BMO Capital Markets reiterated a “market perform” rating and set a $25.00 price target (down previously from $26.00) on shares of Mosaic Company (The) in a research report on Wednesday, August 2nd. Finally, Cleveland Research upgraded Mosaic Company (The) from a “neutral” rating to a “buy” rating in a research report on Wednesday. Four equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, ten have given a hold rating and four have assigned a buy rating to the company’s stock. Mosaic Company (The) currently has an average rating of “Hold” and an average price target of C$23.91.

Mosaic Company (NYSE MOS) opened at C$22.38 on Friday. The stock has a market cap of $7.88 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 22.02, a P/E/G ratio of 2.68 and a beta of 1.27. The company has a quick ratio of 0.88, a current ratio of 1.78 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.37.

Mosaic Company (The) (NYSE:MOS) last posted its quarterly earnings results on Tuesday, October 31st. The company reported C$0.43 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, topping the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of C$0.25 by C$0.18. The firm had revenue of C$1.98 billion for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of C$1.93 billion. Mosaic Company (The) had a net margin of 4.68% and a return on equity of 3.61%. The firm’s quarterly revenue was up 1.7% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same quarter in the previous year, the business posted $0.41 earnings per share. analysts forecast that Mosaic Company will post 0.88 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

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

In related news, Director Robert L. Lumpkins bought 7,000 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, August 21st. The shares were purchased at an average cost of C$19.94 per share, with a total value of C$139,580.00. Following the completion of the acquisition, the director now directly owns 9,339 shares in the company, valued at C$186,219.66. The purchase was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available through the SEC website. 0.38% of the stock is owned by company insiders.

Institutional investors have recently bought and sold shares of the stock. YorkBridge Wealth Partners LLC boosted its stake in Mosaic Company (The) by 13,636.4% in the 3rd quarter. YorkBridge Wealth Partners LLC now owns 6,044 shares of the company’s stock worth $130,000 after purchasing an additional 6,000 shares during the period. Pacer Advisors Inc. boosted its stake in Mosaic Company (The) by 8.7% in the 2nd quarter. Pacer Advisors Inc. now owns 7,366 shares of the company’s stock worth $168,000 after purchasing an additional 587 shares during the period. CrestPoint Capital Management LLC acquired a new position in Mosaic Company (The) in the 2nd quarter worth approximately $208,000. Greenwood Capital Associates LLC boosted its stake in Mosaic Company (The) by 30.5% in the 2nd quarter. Greenwood Capital Associates LLC now owns 9,445 shares of the company’s stock worth $216,000 after purchasing an additional 2,210 shares during the period. Finally, Westover Capital Advisors LLC acquired a new position in Mosaic Company (The) in the 2nd quarter worth approximately $218,000. 77.23% of the stock is owned by hedge funds and other institutional investors.

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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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