Insider Selling: Monsanto Company (NYSE:MON) VP Sells 7,890 Shares of Stock

Monsanto Company (NYSE:MON) VP Nicole M. Ringenberg sold 7,890 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, October 16th. The stock was sold at an average price of $122.25, for a total value of $964,552.50. Following the sale, the vice president now owns 38,600 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $4,718,850. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is available at this link.

Monsanto Company (NYSE MON) opened at 121.52 on Friday. The firm has a market capitalization of $53.41 billion, a PE ratio of 23.88 and a beta of 1.07. The company has a 50-day moving average price of $119.82 and a 200-day moving average price of $117.73. Monsanto Company has a 12-month low of $97.35 and a 12-month high of $122.80.

Monsanto (NYSE:MON) last released its earnings results on Wednesday, October 4th. The basic materials company reported $0.20 EPS for the quarter, topping the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of ($0.41) by $0.61. The firm had revenue of $2.69 billion during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $2.51 billion. Monsanto had a net margin of 15.44% and a return on equity of 42.40%. Monsanto’s revenue for the quarter was up 4.8% on a year-over-year basis. During the same period in the previous year, the company earned $0.07 EPS. On average, analysts predict that Monsanto Company will post $5.70 earnings per share for the current year.

The company also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Friday, October 27th. Shareholders of record on Friday, October 6th were paid a $0.54 dividend. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Thursday, October 5th. This represents a $2.16 annualized dividend and a yield of 1.78%. Monsanto’s payout ratio is currently 42.27%.

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A number of hedge funds have recently added to or reduced their stakes in the business. Intact Investment Management Inc. purchased a new stake in shares of Monsanto during the 3rd quarter valued at $239,000. Crossmark Global Holdings Inc. purchased a new stake in shares of Monsanto during the 3rd quarter valued at $3,409,000. Parkside Financial Bank & Trust grew its stake in shares of Monsanto by 10.2% during the 3rd quarter. Parkside Financial Bank & Trust now owns 4,865 shares of the basic materials company’s stock valued at $583,000 after buying an additional 452 shares during the period. Athos Capital Ltd grew its stake in shares of Monsanto by 469.1% during the 3rd quarter. Athos Capital Ltd now owns 142,286 shares of the basic materials company’s stock valued at $16,091,000 after buying an additional 117,286 shares during the period. Finally, Callahan Advisors LLC grew its stake in shares of Monsanto by 9.8% during the 3rd quarter. Callahan Advisors LLC now owns 60,023 shares of the basic materials company’s stock valued at $7,192,000 after buying an additional 5,335 shares during the period. 74.67% of the stock is owned by hedge funds and other institutional investors.

Several equities research analysts have commented on the company. BMO Capital Markets reiterated a “buy” rating and set a $128.00 price objective on shares of Monsanto in a research note on Thursday, October 5th. Barclays PLC reiterated an “equal weight” rating and set a $124.00 price objective (up from $120.00) on shares of Monsanto in a research note on Thursday, October 5th. Macquarie lowered Monsanto from an “outperform” rating to a “neutral” rating in a research note on Wednesday, October 4th. Wells Fargo & Company upped their price target on Monsanto from $107.50 to $118.00 and gave the company a “market perform” rating in a research report on Tuesday, October 10th. Finally, Zacks Investment Research lowered Monsanto from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Tuesday, July 4th. Eleven equities research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and four have assigned a buy rating to the company. Monsanto currently has an average rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $124.61.

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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