Mosaic Company (The) (NYSE:MOS) was the target of unusually large options trading activity on Wednesday. Investors acquired 20,537 put options on the stock. This represents an increase of 840% compared to the typical daily volume of 2,185 put options.

Several research analysts have recently weighed in on MOS shares. Credit Suisse Group reiterated a “sell” rating and set a $19.00 price objective on shares of Mosaic Company (The) in a report on Friday, May 5th. Zacks Investment Research lowered shares of Mosaic Company (The) from a “hold” rating to a “strong sell” rating in a report on Tuesday, July 4th. Atlantic Securities upgraded shares of Mosaic Company (The) from an “underweight” rating to a “neutral” rating and set a $26.00 price objective on the stock in a report on Tuesday, May 9th. BidaskClub upgraded shares of Mosaic Company (The) from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Tuesday, June 27th. Finally, Citigroup Inc. cut their price objective on shares of Mosaic Company (The) from $27.00 to $26.00 and set a “neutral” rating on the stock in a report on Wednesday, July 12th. Six equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, eight have given a hold rating and two have issued a buy rating to the company’s stock. Mosaic Company (The) presently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $25.15.

In related news, Director Robert L. Lumpkins acquired 7,000 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction dated Monday, August 21st. The shares were acquired at an average cost of $19.94 per share, for a total transaction of $139,580.00. Following the acquisition, the director now directly owns 9,339 shares in the company, valued at approximately $186,219.66. The acquisition was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is accessible through this hyperlink. Corporate insiders own 0.38% of the company’s stock.

Several hedge funds have recently added to or reduced their stakes in MOS. Cleararc Capital Inc. boosted its stake in Mosaic Company (The) by 0.3% in the first quarter. Cleararc Capital Inc. now owns 8,543 shares of the basic materials company’s stock worth $249,000 after buying an additional 29 shares during the last quarter. Great Lakes Advisors LLC boosted its stake in Mosaic Company (The) by 0.7% in the first quarter. Great Lakes Advisors LLC now owns 16,994 shares of the basic materials company’s stock worth $496,000 after buying an additional 119 shares during the last quarter. Investment Centers of America Inc. boosted its stake in Mosaic Company (The) by 1.7% in the first quarter. Investment Centers of America Inc. now owns 8,121 shares of the basic materials company’s stock worth $238,000 after buying an additional 132 shares during the last quarter. CIBC Asset Management Inc boosted its stake in Mosaic Company (The) by 0.4% in the second quarter. CIBC Asset Management Inc now owns 37,157 shares of the basic materials company’s stock worth $848,000 after buying an additional 149 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Bank of Hawaii boosted its stake in Mosaic Company (The) by 0.5% in the first quarter. Bank of Hawaii now owns 36,209 shares of the basic materials company’s stock worth $1,057,000 after buying an additional 180 shares during the last quarter. 80.64% of the stock is owned by institutional investors.

Mosaic Company (NYSE MOS) opened at 20.37 on Monday. Mosaic Company has a 12-month low of $19.59 and a 12-month high of $34.36. The stock has a market cap of $7.15 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 48.50 and a beta of 1.24. The company has a 50-day moving average of $22.33 and a 200 day moving average of $25.59.

Mosaic Company (The) (NYSE:MOS) last released its quarterly earnings data on Tuesday, August 1st. The basic materials company reported $0.29 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating the Zacks’ consensus estimate 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 company had revenue of $1.75 billion during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $1.75 billion. During the same period last year, the firm posted $0.06 earnings per share. The business’s revenue was up 4.7% on a year-over-year basis. Equities analysts anticipate that Mosaic Company will post $1.07 earnings per share for the current year.

The firm also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Thursday, September 21st. Stockholders of record on Thursday, September 7th will be given a $0.15 dividend. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Wednesday, September 6th. This represents a $0.60 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 2.95%. Mosaic Company (The)’s payout ratio is 142.86%.

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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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