Signature Estate & Investment Advisors LLC grew its stake in Monsanto Company (NYSE:MON) by 6.6% in the 2nd quarter, according to its most recent disclosure with the Securities & Exchange Commission. The firm owned 132,950 shares of the basic materials company’s stock after buying an additional 8,248 shares during the quarter. Monsanto accounts for about 1.9% of Signature Estate & Investment Advisors LLC’s investment portfolio, making the stock its 20th biggest holding. Signature Estate & Investment Advisors LLC’s holdings in Monsanto were worth $15,736,000 as of its most recent filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission.

Other institutional investors also recently added to or reduced their stakes in the company. Pinnacle Financial Partners Inc. acquired a new position in shares of Monsanto in the second quarter valued at approximately $114,000. Bruderman Asset Management LLC acquired a new position in shares of Monsanto in the second quarter valued at approximately $116,000. Acrospire Investment Management LLC acquired a new position in shares of Monsanto in the first quarter valued at approximately $113,000. Armbruster Capital Management Inc. boosted its holdings in shares of Monsanto by 12.2% in the second quarter. Armbruster Capital Management Inc. now owns 1,147 shares of the basic materials company’s stock valued at $136,000 after buying an additional 125 shares during the period. Finally, JNBA Financial Advisors boosted its holdings in shares of Monsanto by 3.9% in the first quarter. JNBA Financial Advisors now owns 1,193 shares of the basic materials company’s stock valued at $135,000 after buying an additional 45 shares during the period. Institutional investors own 74.80% of the company’s stock.

In other Monsanto news, EVP Steven Mizell sold 11,300 shares of Monsanto stock in a transaction on Monday, July 3rd. The shares were sold at an average price of $118.57, for a total transaction of $1,339,841.00. Following the transaction, the executive vice president now directly owns 55,011 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $6,522,654.27. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available through this hyperlink. Also, EVP Robert T. Fraley sold 52,410 shares of Monsanto stock in a transaction on Monday, July 10th. The stock was sold at an average price of $117.95, for a total transaction of $6,181,759.50. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. In the last three months, insiders sold 89,210 shares of company stock valued at $10,582,280. 0.79% of the stock is currently owned by insiders.

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Monsanto Company (NYSE MON) traded up 0.13% during mid-day trading on Friday, reaching $119.82. 2,310,993 shares of the company’s stock traded hands. Monsanto Company has a 12 month low of $97.35 and a 12 month high of $120.00. The company has a 50 day moving average price of $117.37 and a 200-day moving average price of $116.53. The stock has a market cap of $52.64 billion, a P/E ratio of 25.88 and a beta of 1.07.

Monsanto (NYSE:MON) last posted its quarterly earnings results on Wednesday, June 28th. The basic materials company reported $1.93 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating the consensus estimate of $1.74 by $0.19. Monsanto had a net margin of 14.11% and a return on equity of 45.26%. The business had revenue of $4.23 billion during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $4.18 billion. During the same quarter last year, the firm posted $2.17 EPS. Monsanto’s revenue was up 1.0% compared to the same quarter last year. On average, analysts anticipate that Monsanto Company will post $4.90 EPS for the current year.

The firm also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, October 27th. Investors of record on Friday, October 6th will be given a $0.54 dividend. This represents a $2.16 annualized dividend and a yield of 1.80%. The ex-dividend date is Thursday, October 5th. Monsanto’s payout ratio is currently 46.75%.

MON has been the subject of several research analyst reports. Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of Monsanto from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $131.00 price target for the company in a report on Monday, September 4th. BMO Capital Markets reiterated a “buy” rating and issued a $128.00 price target on shares of Monsanto in a report on Friday, September 1st. BidaskClub cut shares of Monsanto from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a report on Sunday, July 16th. Finally, Vetr upgraded shares of Monsanto from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $122.35 price target for the company in a report on Wednesday, July 12th. Nine research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and eight have issued a buy rating to the stock. Monsanto has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $125.53.

About Monsanto

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

Institutional Ownership by Quarter for Monsanto (NYSE:MON)

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