News articles about Monsanto (NYSE:MON) have trended somewhat positive on Saturday, Accern reports. The research firm identifies positive and negative media coverage by reviewing more than twenty million news and blog sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Monsanto earned a media sentiment score of 0.08 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave news headlines about the basic materials company an impact score of 44.6021498548501 out of 100, meaning that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the next several days.

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

Several brokerages have recently issued reports on MON. Wells Fargo & Co restated a “market perform” rating and set a $128.00 price target (up previously from $118.00) on shares of Monsanto in a research note on Wednesday. Deutsche Bank restated a “buy” rating on shares of Monsanto in a research note on Tuesday. Barclays restated an “equal weight” rating and set a $124.00 price target (up previously from $120.00) on shares of Monsanto in a research note on Thursday, October 5th. BMO Capital Markets restated a “buy” rating and set a $128.00 price target on shares of Monsanto in a research note on Thursday, October 5th. Finally, Macquarie lowered shares of Monsanto from an “outperform” rating to a “neutral” rating in a research note on Wednesday, October 4th. Eleven investment analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and three have issued a buy rating to the company. The company currently has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $127.30.

Monsanto (MON) traded up $1.80 on Friday, reaching $120.66. 6,983,227 shares of the company traded hands, compared to its average volume of 3,070,000. The company has a market cap of $53,110.00, a P/E ratio of 22.30, a PEG ratio of 1.70 and a beta of 1.04. Monsanto has a 52 week low of $106.97 and a 52 week high of $122.79. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.05, a quick ratio of 0.79 and a current ratio of 1.28.

Monsanto (NYSE:MON) last released its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, January 4th. The basic materials company reported $0.41 EPS for the quarter, missing the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.42 by ($0.01). The business had revenue of $2.66 billion during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $2.77 billion. Monsanto had a return on equity of 40.13% and a net margin of 16.38%. The firm’s quarterly revenue was up .3% on a year-over-year basis. During the same period last year, the business posted $0.21 earnings per share. equities analysts anticipate that Monsanto will post 5.76 earnings per share for the current year.

The firm also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, January 26th. Investors of record on Friday, January 5th will be issued a $0.54 dividend. This represents a $2.16 annualized dividend and a yield of 1.79%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Thursday, January 4th. Monsanto’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is presently 39.93%.

In related news, EVP Steven Mizell sold 8,100 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Tuesday, January 9th. The shares were sold at an average price of $119.35, for a total value of $966,735.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the executive vice president now directly owns 56,743 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $6,772,277.05. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which can be accessed through this link. 0.79% of the stock is currently owned by company insiders.

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Monsanto Company Profile

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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