Mosaic Co. (NYSE:MOS)’s share price rose 2.1% on Tuesday . The stock traded as high as $28.06 and last traded at $27.18, with a volume of 4,393,710 shares. The stock had previously closed at $26.63.

MOS has been the topic of several recent research reports. HSBC cut shares of Mosaic from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating and lowered their price objective for the stock from $35.00 to $26.50 in a research note on Monday, April 11th. Cowen and Company cut shares of Mosaic from a “market perform” rating to an “underperform” rating and set a $23.00 price objective on the stock. in a research note on Thursday, April 14th. Scotiabank cut shares of Mosaic from an “outperform” rating to a “sector perform” rating in a research note on Thursday, April 14th. Barclays PLC cut shares of Mosaic from an “equal weight” rating to an “underweight” rating and set a $22.00 price objective on the stock. in a research note on Tuesday, April 19th. Finally, Vetr cut shares of Mosaic from a “strong-buy” rating to a “hold” rating and set a $29.16 price objective on the stock. in a research note on Tuesday, April 19th. Nine equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, thirteen have assigned a hold rating and three have given a buy rating to the company. The company presently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of €29.08 ($32.31).

The company has a market capitalization of $9.15 billion and a PE ratio of 16.474. The stock’s 50 day moving average price is $27.06 and its 200 day moving average price is $26.56.

Mosaic (NYSE:MOS) last announced its earnings results on Tuesday, August 2nd. The company reported $0.06 earnings per share for the quarter, missing the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.12 by $0.06. The firm earned $1.70 billion during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $1.81 billion. Mosaic’s revenue for the quarter was down 32.7% on a year-over-year basis. During the same period last year, the firm posted $1.05 earnings per share. On average, equities research analysts predict that Mosaic Co. will post $0.73 EPS for the current fiscal year.

In other news, VP Anthony T. Brausen sold 19,716 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction that occurred on 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 completion of the transaction, the vice president now directly owns 46,607 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately €1,198,732.04 ($1,331,924.49). The sale was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which is available at this link. Also, CFO Richard L. Mack sold 36,629 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Friday, May 13th. The stock was 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 directly owns 94,524 shares of the company’s stock, valued at €2,403,745.32 ($2,670,828.13). The disclosure for this sale can be found here.

A number of hedge funds and institutional investors have recently bought and sold shares of MOS. Flippin Bruce & Porter Inc. increased its position in Mosaic by 11.3% in the fourth quarter. Flippin Bruce & Porter Inc. now owns 36,752 shares of the company’s stock valued at $1,014,000 after buying an additional 3,745 shares in the last quarter. Mutual of America Capital Management LLC increased its position 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 in the last quarter. Airain ltd purchased a new position in Mosaic during the fourth quarter valued at approximately $1,064,000. Trexquant Investment LP purchased a new position in Mosaic during the fourth quarter valued at approximately $1,090,000. Finally, Deere & Co. increased its position 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 in 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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