National Pension Service raised its position in Monsanto Co. (NYSE:MON) by 8.6% during the third quarter, according to its most recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The institutional investor owned 287,008 shares of the company’s stock after buying an additional 22,777 shares during the period. National Pension Service owned 0.07% of Monsanto worth $29,332,000 at the end of the most recent reporting period.

Other large investors have also added to or reduced their stakes in the company. WFG Advisors LP raised its stake in Monsanto by 18.6% in the second quarter. WFG Advisors LP now owns 1,009 shares of the company’s stock worth $104,000 after buying an additional 158 shares in the last quarter. Signaturefd LLC increased its position in Monsanto by 62.1% in the second quarter. Signaturefd LLC now owns 1,083 shares of the company’s stock worth $112,000 after buying an additional 415 shares during the last quarter. Mycio Wealth Partners LLC increased its position in Monsanto by 1.1% in the second quarter. Mycio Wealth Partners LLC now owns 1,094 shares of the company’s stock worth $113,000 after buying an additional 12 shares during the last quarter. Pinkerton Retirement Specialists LLC increased its position in Monsanto by 1,179.1% in the second quarter. Pinkerton Retirement Specialists LLC now owns 1,100 shares of the company’s stock worth $114,000 after buying an additional 1,014 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Enterprise Financial Services Corp increased its position in Monsanto by 4.5% in the second quarter. Enterprise Financial Services Corp now owns 1,335 shares of the company’s stock worth $138,000 after buying an additional 57 shares during the last quarter. 73.94% of the stock is currently owned by institutional investors.

Institutional Ownership by Quarter for Monsanto (NYSE:MON)

Shares of Monsanto Co. (NYSE:MON) traded up 0.29% during trading on Tuesday, hitting $102.33. The stock had a trading volume of 146,922 shares. Monsanto Co. has a 1-year low of $83.73 and a 1-year high of $114.26. The company has a market cap of $44.82 billion, a PE ratio of 34.25 and a beta of 1.01. The firm’s 50 day moving average is $100.97 and its 200 day moving average is $104.18.

Monsanto (NYSE:MON) last announced its quarterly earnings data on Wednesday, October 5th. The company reported $0.07 earnings per share for the quarter, beating the consensus estimate of ($0.02) by $0.09. Monsanto had a return on equity of 46.07% and a net margin of 9.89%. The business earned $2.56 billion during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $2.38 billion. During the same period in the prior year, the company earned ($0.19) earnings per share. Monsanto’s revenue was up 8.8% compared to the same quarter last year. Equities research analysts anticipate that Monsanto Co. will post $4.73 EPS for the current fiscal year.

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A number of research firms recently issued reports on MON. S&P Equity Research reiterated a “positive” rating on shares of Monsanto in a report on Thursday, September 15th. Monness Crespi & Hardt decreased their price objective on Monsanto from $130.00 to $128.00 and set a “buy” rating for the company in a report on Monday, October 3rd. Vetr upgraded Monsanto from a “buy” rating to a “strong-buy” rating and set a $117.09 price objective for the company in a report on Wednesday, August 3rd. TheStreet downgraded Monsanto from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Monday, September 12th. Finally, Deutsche Bank AG increased their price objective on Monsanto from $118.00 to $128.00 and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a report on Thursday, September 15th. Three equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, eight have issued a hold rating and fifteen have given a buy rating to the company. The company has an average rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $114.06.

In related news, Director Charles S. Mcmillan bought 3,500 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction on Monday, October 10th. The shares were purchased at an average price of $103.23 per share, for a total transaction of $361,305.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the director now directly owns 64,009 shares in the company, valued at approximately $6,607,649.07. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which is available at this link. Also, EVP Kerry J. Preete sold 2,745 shares of the stock in a transaction on Thursday, November 17th. The stock was sold at an average price of $100.96, for a total value of $277,135.20. Following the sale, the executive vice president now owns 50,056 shares in the company, valued at approximately $5,053,653.76. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Company insiders own 0.88% of the company’s stock.

Monsanto Company Profile

Monsanto Company (Monsanto), along with its subsidiaries, is a provider of agricultural products for farmers. The Company provides seeds, biotechnology trait products, herbicides and precision agriculture tools to farmers. The Company operates through two segments: Seeds and Genomics, and Agricultural Productivity.

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