Mosaic Co. (NYSE:MOS) traded down 4.5% during mid-day trading on Thursday . The company traded as low as $27.43 and last traded at $27.57, with a volume of 3,722,113 shares trading hands. The stock had previously closed at $28.88.

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

The firm has a market cap of $9.45 billion and a P/E ratio of 9.98. The firm has a 50-day moving average of $27.03 and a 200 day moving average of $26.50.

Mosaic (NYSE:MOS) last released its earnings results on Wednesday, May 4th. The company reported $0.14 earnings per share for the quarter, meeting the consensus estimate of $0.14. The firm earned $1.70 billion during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $1.56 billion. The business’s revenue was down 21.7% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same period in the prior year, the firm earned $0.70 earnings per share. Analysts expect that Mosaic Co. will post $0.86 earnings per share for the current year.

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

Other institutional investors recently made changes to their positions in the company. Flippin Bruce & Porter Inc. increased its position in shares of Mosaic by 11.3% in the fourth quarter. Flippin Bruce & Porter Inc. now owns 36,752 shares of the company’s stock worth $1,014,000 after buying an additional 3,745 shares in the last quarter. Mutual of America Capital Management LLC boosted its stake in 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 last quarter. Airain ltd acquired a new stake in Mosaic during the fourth quarter valued at $1,064,000. Trexquant Investment LP acquired a new stake in Mosaic during the fourth quarter valued at $1,090,000. Finally, Deere & Co. boosted its stake in 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 last quarter.

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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