Mosaic Co. (NYSE:MOS) shares were 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 trading hands. The stock had previously closed at $28.89.

A number of research analysts have recently weighed in on MOS shares. Credit Suisse Group AG lowered their price target on Mosaic from $25.00 to $24.00 in a report on Wednesday, March 30th. Vetr upgraded Mosaic from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $29.16 price target on the stock in a report on Monday, May 2nd. Brean Capital restated a “buy” rating on shares of Mosaic in a research note on Thursday, March 31st. Vertical Group downgraded Mosaic from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Saturday, April 23rd. Finally, Vertical Research downgraded Mosaic from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Thursday, April 21st. Eight equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, fourteen have assigned a hold rating and three have given a buy rating to the company. Mosaic presently has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of €29.71 ($33.01).

The company has a market cap of $9.89 billion and a P/E ratio of 10.45. The firm’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 for the quarter, meeting the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.14. The company earned $1.70 billion during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $1.56 billion. During the same quarter in the previous year, the business earned $0.70 EPS. Mosaic’s revenue was down 21.7% on a year-over-year basis. Equities research analysts predict that Mosaic Co. will post $0.87 earnings per share for the current year.

In other 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 value of €507,095.52 ($563,439.47). Following the completion of the transaction, the vice president now owns 46,607 shares in the company, valued at approximately €1,198,732.04 ($1,331,924.49). The sale was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available through this hyperlink. 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 completion of the transaction, the chief financial officer now owns 94,524 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately €2,403,745.32 ($2,670,828.13). The disclosure for this sale can be found here.

A number of large investors have recently modified their holdings of MOS. Deere & Co. increased its stake in shares of Mosaic by 39.4% in the fourth quarter. Deere & Co. now owns 39,505 shares of the company’s stock valued at $1,090,000 after buying an additional 11,160 shares during the period. Mitsubishi UFJ Kokusai Asset Management CO. LTD. increased its stake in shares of Mosaic by 2.2% in the fourth quarter. Mitsubishi UFJ Kokusai Asset Management CO. LTD. now owns 42,617 shares of the company’s stock valued at $1,176,000 after buying an additional 916 shares during the period. Pekin Singer Strauss Asset Management IL increased its stake in shares of Mosaic by 0.5% in the fourth quarter. Pekin Singer Strauss Asset Management IL now owns 490,964 shares of the company’s stock valued at $13,546,000 after buying an additional 2,294 shares during the period. Wells Fargo & Company MN increased its stake in shares of Mosaic by 0.7% in the fourth quarter. Wells Fargo & Company MN now owns 503,113 shares of the company’s stock valued at $13,880,000 after buying an additional 3,313 shares during the period. Finally, Mutual of America Capital Management LLC increased its stake in shares of Mosaic by 2.9% in the fourth quarter. Mutual of America Capital Management LLC now owns 38,293 shares of the company’s stock valued at $1,057,000 after buying an additional 1,093 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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