Mosaic Co. (NYSE:MOS)’s share price traded down 2.1% on Friday . The company traded as low as $28.24 and last traded at $28.28, with a volume of 3,892,404 shares. The stock had previously closed at $28.89.

Several research firms recently commented on MOS. Vertical Research lowered Mosaic from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Thursday, April 21st. Vetr lowered Mosaic from a “buy” rating to a “sell” rating and set a $24.50 target price for the company. in a research note on Wednesday, July 13th. CIBC lowered Mosaic from a “sector perform” rating to a “sector underperform” rating and set a $25.00 target price for the company. in a research note on Monday, April 4th. Barclays PLC lowered Mosaic from an “equal weight” rating to an “underweight” rating and set a $22.00 target price for the company. in a research note on Tuesday, April 19th. Finally, Stifel Nicolaus lowered Mosaic from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Tuesday, May 31st. Eight equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, fourteen have assigned a hold rating and three have issued a buy rating to the stock. The company presently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average price target of €29.71 ($33.01).

The stock has a market cap of $9.89 billion and a PE ratio of 10.45. The stock’s 50 day moving average is $26.98 and its 200 day moving average is $26.41.

Mosaic (NYSE:MOS) last announced its quarterly earnings data on Wednesday, May 4th. The company reported $0.14 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, hitting the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.14. The firm had revenue of $1.70 billion for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $1.56 billion. During the same quarter in the prior year, the business posted $0.70 earnings per share. Mosaic’s revenue was down 21.7% on a year-over-year basis. On average, equities analysts expect that Mosaic Co. will post $0.87 EPS for the current fiscal year.

In other Mosaic news, VP Anthony T. Brausen sold 19,716 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction dated Thursday, June 2nd. The stock was sold at an average price of €25.72 ($28.58), for a total transaction of €507,095.52 ($563,439.47). Following the transaction, the vice president now directly owns 46,607 shares in the company, valued at €1,198,732.04 ($1,331,924.49). The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which is available through this link. Also, CFO Richard L. Mack sold 36,629 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction dated Friday, May 13th. The shares were sold at an average price of €25.43 ($28.26), for a total value of €931,475.47 ($1,034,972.74). Following the transaction, the chief financial officer now owns 94,524 shares in the company, valued at €2,403,745.32 ($2,670,828.13). The disclosure for this sale can be found here.

A number of institutional investors recently bought and sold shares of the stock. Sei Investments Co. raised its position in Mosaic by 35.2% in the fourth quarter. Sei Investments Co. now owns 52,491 shares of the company’s stock valued at $1,448,000 after buying an additional 13,667 shares during the period. Henderson Group PLC raised its position in Mosaic by 1.5% in the fourth quarter. Henderson Group PLC now owns 53,607 shares of the company’s stock valued at $1,479,000 after buying an additional 800 shares during the period. Robeco Institutional Asset Management B.V. raised its position in Mosaic by 34.2% in the fourth quarter. Robeco Institutional Asset Management B.V. now owns 314,365 shares of the company’s stock valued at $8,673,000 after buying an additional 80,068 shares during the period. Vanguard Group Inc. raised its position in Mosaic by 24.2% in the fourth quarter. Vanguard Group Inc. now owns 23,216,866 shares of the company’s stock valued at $640,554,000 after buying an additional 4,530,002 shares during the period. Finally, GAM Holding AG raised its position in Mosaic by 54.5% in the fourth quarter. GAM Holding AG now owns 154,465 shares of the company’s stock valued at $4,262,000 after buying an additional 54,492 shares during the period.

The Mosaic Company is a producer and marketer of concentrated phosphate and potash crop nutrients. The Company’s segments include Phosphates, Potash and International Distribution. Its Phosphates Segment sells phosphate-based crop nutrients and animal feed ingredients throughout North America and internationally.

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