Mosaic Company (The) (NYSE:MOS) has been given an average rating of “Hold” by the seventeen research firms that are covering the firm, MarketBeat Ratings reports. Seven investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, eight have given a hold rating and two have issued a buy rating on the company. The average 12 month price objective among analysts that have updated their coverage on the stock in the last year is $24.75.

A number of equities research analysts recently weighed in on the company. Citigroup Inc. dropped their price target 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. Royal Bank Of Canada set a $26.00 price target on Mosaic Company (The) and gave the company a “hold” rating in a research note on Saturday, June 10th. Credit Suisse Group set a $20.00 price target on Mosaic Company (The) and gave the company a “sell” rating in a research note on Saturday, April 15th. BMO Capital Markets set a $26.00 price objective on Mosaic Company (The) and gave the stock a “hold” rating in a research report on Saturday, May 6th. Finally, BidaskClub cut Mosaic Company (The) from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research report on Friday, July 28th.

Shares of Mosaic Company (MOS) opened at 21.97 on Monday. The stock has a 50 day moving average of $23.32 and a 200 day moving average of $26.87. The firm has a market cap of $7.71 billion, a P/E ratio of 52.31 and a beta of 1.24. Mosaic Company has a 52 week low of $21.78 and a 52 week high of $34.36.

Mosaic Company (The) (NYSE:MOS) last posted its quarterly earnings results on Tuesday, August 1st. The basic materials company reported $0.29 earnings per share for the quarter, beating analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.25 by $0.04. Mosaic Company (The) had a return on equity of 3.31% and a net margin of 2.07%. The business had revenue of $1.75 billion for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $1.75 billion. During the same quarter in the prior year, the business earned $0.06 EPS. The firm’s revenue for the quarter was up 4.7% on a year-over-year basis. Equities analysts forecast that Mosaic Company will post $1.07 earnings per share for the current year.

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In related news, Director Nancy E. Cooper sold 1,100 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction dated Tuesday, May 16th. The stock was sold at an average price of $23.39, for a total value of $25,729.00. Following the sale, the director now directly owns 8,260 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $193,201.40. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is accessible through this link. Company insiders own 0.38% of the company’s stock.

Several hedge funds have recently made changes to their positions in the stock. Federated Investors Inc. PA raised its stake in shares of Mosaic Company (The) by 2,361.3% in the fourth quarter. Federated Investors Inc. PA now owns 9,279 shares of the basic materials company’s stock worth $272,000 after buying an additional 8,902 shares during the last quarter. FMR LLC raised its stake in shares of Mosaic Company (The) by 73.3% in the fourth quarter. FMR LLC now owns 1,878,626 shares of the basic materials company’s stock worth $55,101,000 after buying an additional 794,368 shares during the last quarter. Janus Capital Management LLC raised its stake in shares of Mosaic Company (The) by 3.3% in the fourth quarter. Janus Capital Management LLC now owns 34,129 shares of the basic materials company’s stock worth $1,001,000 after buying an additional 1,094 shares during the last quarter. Putnam Investments LLC purchased a new stake in shares of Mosaic Company (The) during the fourth quarter worth approximately $205,000. Finally, Norges Bank purchased a new stake in shares of Mosaic Company (The) during the fourth quarter worth approximately $23,099,000. 82.40% of the stock is currently owned by hedge funds and other institutional investors.

About Mosaic Company (The)

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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