News articles about Mosaic (NYSE:MOS) have trended somewhat positive this week, according to Accern Sentiment. Accern rates the sentiment of press coverage by monitoring more than twenty million blog and news sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Mosaic earned a news sentiment score of 0.15 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave news headlines about the basic materials company an impact score of 46.6087227144522 out of 100, meaning that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the near term.

These are some of the news headlines that may have impacted Accern Sentiment’s analysis:

Shares of Mosaic (NYSE MOS) traded down $0.13 during trading on Wednesday, reaching $24.69. 5,562,531 shares of the company’s stock were exchanged, compared to its average volume of 4,487,273. The firm has a market capitalization of $8,369.01, a P/E ratio of 23.37, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 2.49 and a beta of 1.31. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.37, a current ratio of 1.78 and a quick ratio of 0.90. Mosaic has a 12-month low of $19.23 and a 12-month high of $34.36.

Mosaic (NYSE:MOS) last announced its quarterly earnings data on Tuesday, October 31st. The basic materials company reported $0.43 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, topping analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.25 by $0.18. The firm had revenue of $1.98 billion for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $1.93 billion. Mosaic had a net margin of 4.68% and a return on equity of 3.61%. The business’s revenue for the quarter was up 1.7% on a year-over-year basis. During the same period in the prior year, the company posted $0.41 earnings per share. research analysts forecast that Mosaic will post 1.01 earnings per share for the current year.

The company also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Thursday, December 21st. Shareholders of record on Thursday, December 7th will be paid a dividend of $0.025 per share. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Wednesday, December 6th. This represents a $0.10 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 0.41%. Mosaic’s payout ratio is 10.42%.

Several equities analysts recently commented on MOS shares. Vertical Research upgraded shares of Mosaic from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Thursday, August 17th. BMO Capital Markets restated a “hold” rating and issued a $25.00 price target on shares of Mosaic in a research note on Friday, September 8th. Piper Jaffray Companies set a $23.00 price target on shares of Mosaic and gave the company a “hold” rating in a research note on Friday, October 6th. started coverage on shares of Mosaic in a research note on Wednesday, October 11th. They issued a “buy” rating and a $24.80 price target on the stock. Finally, Stifel Nicolaus restated a “hold” rating and issued a $24.00 price target on shares of Mosaic in a research note on Thursday, October 12th. Four analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, ten have given a hold rating and four have assigned a buy rating to the stock. Mosaic currently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $23.98.

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Mosaic 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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