Shares of Syngenta AG (NYSE:SYT) gapped up before the market opened on Wednesday . The stock had previously closed at $77.17, but opened at $77.52. Syngenta AG shares last traded at $78.34, with a volume of 395,264 shares.

A number of analysts have weighed in on SYT shares. Raymond James Financial Inc. raised shares of Syngenta AG from a “mkt perform” rating to an “outperform” rating in a report on Friday, July 15th. Zacks Investment Research cut shares of Syngenta AG from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a report on Thursday, April 21st. Finally, Jefferies Group reissued a “buy” rating on shares of Syngenta AG in a report on Thursday, May 19th. Four equities research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and four have given a buy rating to the stock. Syngenta AG currently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and an average price target of $83.73.

The firm has a market cap of $35.97 billion and a price-to-earnings ratio of 26.99. The stock has a 50-day moving average price of $78.44 and a 200 day moving average price of $79.53.

A number of large investors have made changes to their positions in SYT. Gamco Investors INC. ET AL increased its stake in shares of Syngenta AG by 1.2% in the fourth quarter. Gamco Investors INC. ET AL now owns 12,700 shares of the company’s stock valued at $1,000,000 after buying an additional 150 shares in the last quarter. Comerica Bank increased its stake in Syngenta AG by 0.5% in the fourth quarter. Comerica Bank now owns 34,059 shares of the company’s stock worth $2,509,000 after buying an additional 165 shares during the period. US Bancorp DE increased its stake in Syngenta AG by 1.5% in the fourth quarter. US Bancorp DE now owns 25,884 shares of the company’s stock worth $2,038,000 after buying an additional 384 shares during the period. TD Asset Management Inc. increased its stake in Syngenta AG by 11.8% in the fourth quarter. TD Asset Management Inc. now owns 41,515 shares of the company’s stock worth $3,268,000 after buying an additional 4,379 shares during the period. Finally, Suntrust Banks Inc. increased its stake in Syngenta AG by 69.6% in the fourth quarter. Suntrust Banks Inc. now owns 20,244 shares of the company’s stock worth $1,593,000 after buying an additional 8,306 shares during the period.

Syngenta AG is an agribusiness operating in the crop protection and seeds business. The Company is engaged in the discovery, development, manufacture and marketing of a range of products designed to improve crop yields and food quality. The Company operates through five segments: the four geographic regions, Europe, Africa and Middle East, North America, Latin America and Asia Pacific, consisting of the integrated Crop Protection and Seeds business, and the global Lawn and Garden business.

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