EP Wealth Advisors LLC boosted its holdings in Monsanto Company (NYSE:MON) by 0.0% in the second quarter, according to its most recent Form 13F filing with the SEC. The fund owned 2,593 shares of the basic materials company’s stock after purchasing an additional 1 shares during the period. EP Wealth Advisors LLC’s holdings in Monsanto were worth $307,000 at the end of the most recent reporting period.

A number of other institutional investors and hedge funds have also modified their holdings of MON. Pinnacle Financial Partners Inc. purchased a new position in Monsanto in the second quarter valued at about $114,000. Bruderman Asset Management LLC bought a new position in Monsanto during the 2nd quarter worth approximately $116,000. Tower Research Capital LLC TRC lifted its holdings in Monsanto by 230.1% during the 2nd quarter. Tower Research Capital LLC TRC now owns 1,076 shares of the basic materials company’s stock worth $128,000 after buying an additional 750 shares during the last quarter. JNBA Financial Advisors lifted its holdings in Monsanto by 3.9% during the 1st quarter. JNBA Financial Advisors now owns 1,193 shares of the basic materials company’s stock worth $135,000 after buying an additional 45 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Armbruster Capital Management Inc. lifted its holdings in Monsanto by 12.2% during the 2nd quarter. Armbruster Capital Management Inc. now owns 1,147 shares of the basic materials company’s stock worth $136,000 after buying an additional 125 shares during the last quarter. 74.77% of the stock is owned by hedge funds and other institutional investors.

Monsanto Company (NYSE MON) traded up 0.03% during mid-day trading on Monday, reaching $122.34. The company had a trading volume of 805,802 shares. Monsanto Company has a 52-week low of $97.35 and a 52-week high of $122.80. The company’s 50 day moving average is $118.79 and its 200 day moving average is $117.33. The stock has a market capitalization of $53.77 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 24.04 and a beta of 1.07.

Monsanto (NYSE:MON) last posted its quarterly earnings data on Wednesday, October 4th. The basic materials company reported $0.20 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, topping the consensus estimate of ($0.41) by $0.61. Monsanto had a return on equity of 42.40% and a net margin of 15.44%. The firm had revenue of $2.69 billion for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $2.51 billion. During the same quarter in the prior year, the business earned $0.07 EPS. The business’s revenue for the quarter was up 4.8% compared to the same quarter last year. Equities analysts predict that Monsanto Company will post $5.71 earnings per share for the current year.

The company also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, October 27th. Shareholders of record on Friday, October 6th will be issued a dividend of $0.54 per share. This represents a $2.16 annualized dividend and a yield of 1.77%. The ex-dividend date is Thursday, October 5th. Monsanto’s dividend payout ratio is 42.27%.

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A number of research firms have commented on MON. UBS AG downgraded Monsanto from a “positive” rating to a “neutral” rating in a report on Tuesday, June 27th. Wells Fargo & Company increased their target price on Monsanto from $107.50 to $118.00 and gave the stock a “market perform” rating in a report on Tuesday, October 10th. Barclays PLC reaffirmed an “equal weight” rating and set a $124.00 target price (up previously from $120.00) on shares of Monsanto in a report on Thursday, October 5th. BMO Capital Markets reaffirmed a “buy” rating and set a $128.00 target price on shares of Monsanto in a report on Thursday, October 5th. Finally, Royal Bank Of Canada reaffirmed a “hold” rating and set a $128.00 target price on shares of Monsanto in a report on Wednesday, August 2nd. Eleven research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and four have issued a buy rating to the company. The stock has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $124.61.

In other Monsanto news, VP Duraiswami Narain sold 2,860 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction on Monday, September 25th. The stock was sold at an average price of $120.00, for a total transaction of $343,200.00. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which is available at this link. Also, COO Brett D. Begemann sold 22,640 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction on Monday, September 25th. The stock was sold at an average price of $120.03, for a total value of $2,717,479.20. Following the transaction, the chief operating officer now directly owns 85,439 shares in the company, valued at approximately $10,255,243.17. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. In the last ninety days, insiders have sold 37,026 shares of company stock worth $4,440,341. Company insiders own 0.79% of the company’s stock.

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.

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