Steven Mizell Sells 8,100 Shares of Monsanto (MON) Stock

Monsanto (NYSE:MON) EVP Steven Mizell sold 8,100 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction on Tuesday, January 9th. The stock was sold at an average price of $119.35, for a total value of $966,735.00. Following the transaction, the executive vice president now directly owns 56,743 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $6,772,277.05. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is available through this link.

Shares of Monsanto (NYSE:MON) opened at $119.70 on Friday. Monsanto has a fifty-two week low of $106.74 and a fifty-two week high of $122.79. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.05, a current ratio of 1.28 and a quick ratio of 0.79. The firm has a market capitalization of $52,690.00, a PE ratio of 22.13, a PEG ratio of 1.69 and a beta of 1.04.

Monsanto (NYSE:MON) last posted its earnings results on Thursday, January 4th. The basic materials company reported $0.41 earnings per share for the quarter, missing the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.42 by ($0.01). Monsanto had a net margin of 16.38% and a return on equity of 40.13%. The firm had revenue of $2.66 billion during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $2.77 billion. During the same period in the previous year, the firm posted $0.21 earnings per share. The firm’s revenue for the quarter was up .3% on a year-over-year basis. analysts anticipate that Monsanto will post 5.79 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

The company also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, January 26th. Stockholders of record on Friday, January 5th will be issued a $0.54 dividend. This represents a $2.16 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 1.80%. The ex-dividend date is Thursday, January 4th. Monsanto’s payout ratio is currently 39.93%.

MON has been the subject of a number of recent analyst reports. Wells Fargo & Co lifted their price target on Monsanto from $107.50 to $118.00 and gave the stock a “market perform” rating in a report on Tuesday, October 10th. Zacks Investment Research downgraded Monsanto from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Monday, December 11th. Barclays reaffirmed an “equal weight” rating and set a $124.00 price target (up from $120.00) on shares of Monsanto in a report on Thursday, October 5th. Jefferies Group reaffirmed a “hold” rating and set a $128.00 price target on shares of Monsanto in a report on Friday, September 15th. Finally, BMO Capital Markets reaffirmed a “buy” rating and set a $128.00 price target on shares of Monsanto in a report on Thursday, October 5th. Eleven analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and two have given a buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock has an average rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $126.40.

Several institutional investors have recently bought and sold shares of MON. Federated Investors Inc. PA lifted its holdings in shares of Monsanto by 0.5% in the 2nd quarter. Federated Investors Inc. PA now owns 9,555 shares of the basic materials company’s stock valued at $1,131,000 after purchasing an additional 46 shares during the last quarter. MUFG Securities EMEA plc purchased a new stake in shares of Monsanto in the 2nd quarter valued at about $13,375,000. Key Square Capital Management LLC raised its stake in Monsanto by 4.1% during the 2nd quarter. Key Square Capital Management LLC now owns 517,138 shares of the basic materials company’s stock valued at $61,208,000 after acquiring an additional 20,209 shares during the last quarter. Synovus Financial Corp raised its stake in Monsanto by 1.2% during the 2nd quarter. Synovus Financial Corp now owns 7,211 shares of the basic materials company’s stock valued at $854,000 after acquiring an additional 85 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Northwestern Mutual Investment Management Company LLC raised its stake in Monsanto by 320.1% during the 2nd quarter. Northwestern Mutual Investment Management Company LLC now owns 372,340 shares of the basic materials company’s stock valued at $38,504,000 after acquiring an additional 283,703 shares during the last quarter. 75.34% of the stock is owned by institutional investors and hedge funds.

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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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