Mosaic Company (The) (NYSE:MOS) has been given an average recommendation of “Hold” by the eighteen research firms that are covering the firm, Marketbeat.com reports. Four research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, eleven have given a hold rating and three have given a buy rating to the company. The average 12-month target price among brokerages that have updated their coverage on the stock in the last year is C$23.88.

MOS has been the subject of several recent analyst reports. Royal Bank of Canada decreased their target price on shares of Mosaic Company (The) to C$23.00 and set a “sector perform” rating for the company in a research report on Thursday, August 3rd. Stifel Nicolaus reiterated a “hold” rating and issued a $24.00 price objective on shares of Mosaic Company (The) in a report on Thursday, October 12th. Zacks Investment Research cut shares of Mosaic Company (The) from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a report on Tuesday, October 17th. Piper Jaffray Companies set a $23.00 price objective on shares of Mosaic Company (The) and gave the company a “hold” rating in a report on Friday, October 6th. Finally, BMO Capital Markets reiterated a “market perform” rating and issued a $25.00 price objective (down from $26.00) on shares of Mosaic Company (The) in a report on Wednesday, August 2nd.

In other Mosaic Company (The) news, Director Robert L. Lumpkins bought 7,000 shares of Mosaic Company (The) stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, August 21st. The stock was purchased at an average cost of C$19.94 per share, for a total transaction of C$139,580.00. Following the completion of the acquisition, the director now owns 9,339 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately C$186,219.66. The acquisition was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available through this link. Company insiders own 0.38% of the company’s stock.

Large investors have recently modified their holdings of the stock. State Street Corp lifted its position in shares of Mosaic Company (The) by 2.0% in the 2nd quarter. State Street Corp now owns 19,950,012 shares of the company’s stock valued at $455,461,000 after acquiring an additional 397,403 shares in the last quarter. State Board of Administration of Florida Retirement System lifted its position in shares of Mosaic Company (The) by 0.8% in the 2nd quarter. State Board of Administration of Florida Retirement System now owns 517,307 shares of the company’s stock valued at $11,810,000 after acquiring an additional 4,055 shares in the last quarter. Andra AP fonden lifted its position in shares of Mosaic Company (The) by 240.3% in the 2nd quarter. Andra AP fonden now owns 79,300 shares of the company’s stock valued at $1,810,000 after acquiring an additional 56,000 shares in the last quarter. River & Mercantile Asset Management LLP lifted its position in shares of Mosaic Company (The) by 11.2% in the 2nd quarter. River & Mercantile Asset Management LLP now owns 227,100 shares of the company’s stock valued at $5,184,000 after acquiring an additional 22,850 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Commerzbank Aktiengesellschaft FI lifted its position in shares of Mosaic Company (The) by 25.1% in the 2nd quarter. Commerzbank Aktiengesellschaft FI now owns 55,200 shares of the company’s stock valued at $1,260,000 after acquiring an additional 11,080 shares in the last quarter. Institutional investors and hedge funds own 77.81% of the company’s stock.

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Mosaic Company (NYSE MOS) opened at C$22.84 on Friday. Mosaic Company has a 1 year low of C$19.23 and a 1 year high of C$34.36. The company has a quick ratio of 0.90, a current ratio of 1.78 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.37. The company has a market cap of $7,898.60, a PE ratio of 22.06, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 2.68 and a beta of 1.27.

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

The firm also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Thursday, December 21st. Investors of record on Thursday, December 7th will be issued a dividend of $0.025 per share. This represents a $0.10 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 0.44%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Wednesday, December 6th. Mosaic Company (The)’s 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.

Analyst Recommendations for Mosaic Company (The) (NYSE:MOS)

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