Investors Buy Monsanto (MON) on Weakness

Investors bought shares of Monsanto (NYSE:MON) on weakness during trading on Monday. $108.49 million flowed into the stock on the tick-up and $34.36 million flowed out of the stock on the tick-down, for a money net flow of $74.13 million into the stock. Of all stocks tracked, Monsanto had the 3rd highest net in-flow for the day. Monsanto traded down ($0.36) for the day and closed at $123.15

Several equities research analysts have recently issued reports on MON shares. Zacks Investment Research downgraded shares of Monsanto from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Monday, December 11th. Wells Fargo & Co reissued a “market perform” rating and set a $128.00 price objective (up previously from $118.00) on shares of Monsanto in a research report on Wednesday, January 17th. Deutsche Bank reissued a “buy” rating on shares of Monsanto in a research report on Tuesday, January 16th. Finally, Royal Bank of Canada reissued a “hold” rating and set a $128.00 price objective on shares of Monsanto in a research report on Wednesday, November 15th. Eleven research 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.

The company has a market capitalization of $54,480.00, a PE ratio of 22.84, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 1.77 and a beta of 0.95. The company has a current ratio of 1.28, a quick ratio of 0.79 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.05.

Monsanto (NYSE:MON) last released its earnings results on Thursday, January 4th. The basic materials company reported $0.41 earnings per share for the quarter, missing analysts’ consensus estimates 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 net margin of 16.38% and a return on equity of 40.13%. The firm’s revenue for the quarter was up .3% on a year-over-year basis. During the same period last year, the business posted $0.21 EPS. equities research analysts predict that Monsanto will post 5.76 EPS for the current year.

The firm also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, April 27th. Investors of record on Friday, April 6th will be given a $0.54 dividend. This represents a $2.16 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 1.75%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Thursday, April 5th. Monsanto’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is currently 39.93%.

In related news, EVP Steven Mizell sold 8,100 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction 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 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 can be accessed through the SEC website. 0.70% of the stock is currently owned by company insiders.

Institutional investors have recently added to or reduced their stakes in the stock. Gradient Investments LLC acquired a new stake in Monsanto in the fourth quarter valued at $108,000. Americafirst Capital Management LLC acquired a new stake in Monsanto in the third quarter valued at $148,000. Elkfork Partners LLC acquired a new stake in Monsanto in the fourth quarter valued at $162,000. Truewealth LLC acquired a new stake in Monsanto in the fourth quarter valued at $163,000. Finally, Flinton Capital Management LLC lifted its stake in Monsanto by 90.9% in the fourth quarter. Flinton Capital Management LLC now owns 1,764 shares of the basic materials company’s stock valued at $206,000 after acquiring an additional 840 shares during the last quarter. 76.25% 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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