Investors purchased shares of Monsanto Co. (NYSE:MON) on weakness during trading hours on Wednesday. $110.74 million flowed into the stock on the tick-up and $72.27 million flowed out of the stock on the tick-down, for a money net flow of $38.47 million into the stock. Of all equities tracked, Monsanto had the 17th highest net in-flow for the day. Monsanto traded down ($1.26) for the day and closed at $104.36

MON has been the subject of a number of recent analyst reports. Vertical Research upgraded shares of Monsanto from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research report on Monday, May 23rd. Goldman Sachs Group Inc. set a $92.00 target price on shares of Monsanto and gave the stock a “sell” rating in a research report on Monday, June 27th. Sanford C. Bernstein set a $90.00 target price on shares of Monsanto and gave the stock a “sell” rating in a research report on Wednesday, July 13th. Citigroup Inc. reiterated a “neutral” rating and set a $112.00 target price (up previously from $94.00) on shares of Monsanto in a research report on Friday, July 1st. Finally, Piper Jaffray Cos. reiterated an “overweight” rating and set a $127.00 target price (up previously from $95.00) on shares of Monsanto in a research report on Monday, June 13th. Four investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, seven have given a hold rating, fifteen have assigned a buy rating and one has given a strong buy rating to the company. The stock has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $108.40.

The stock’s 50 day moving average price is $104.78 and its 200-day moving average price is $96.42. The firm has a market cap of $45.67 billion and a P/E ratio of 45.93.

Monsanto (NYSE:MON) last released its earnings results on Wednesday, June 29th. The company reported $2.17 earnings per share for the quarter, missing analysts’ consensus estimates of $2.40 by $0.23. The business had revenue of $4.19 billion for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $4.49 billion. During the same period in the previous year, the company earned $2.39 earnings per share. The business’s revenue for the quarter was down 8.5% on a year-over-year basis. Analysts predict that Monsanto Co. will post $4.46 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The company also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Friday, July 29th. Shareholders of record on Friday, July 8th were given a dividend of $0.54 per share. This represents a $2.16 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 2.07%. The ex-dividend date was Wednesday, July 6th.

In other Monsanto news, CEO Michael K. Stern sold 12,797 shares of the stock in a transaction that occurred on Wednesday, July 13th. The shares were sold at an average price of $101.77, for a total transaction of $1,302,350.69. Following the completion of the sale, the chief executive officer now owns 21,583 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $2,196,501.91. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is accessible through the SEC website. Also, COO Brett D. Begemann sold 27,980 shares of the stock in a transaction that occurred on Thursday, July 14th. The shares were sold at an average price of $103.62, for a total transaction of $2,899,287.60. Following the sale, the chief operating officer now directly owns 102,480 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $10,618,977.60. The disclosure for this sale can be found here.

Several institutional investors have bought and sold shares of the company. BlackRock Advisors LLC boosted its position in Monsanto by 49.9% in the fourth quarter. BlackRock Advisors LLC now owns 1,138,888 shares of the company’s stock worth $112,203,000 after buying an additional 379,225 shares during the last quarter. Dimensional Fund Advisors LP boosted its position in Monsanto by 5.2% in the fourth quarter. Dimensional Fund Advisors LP now owns 982,183 shares of the company’s stock worth $96,767,000 after buying an additional 48,863 shares during the last quarter. US Bancorp DE boosted its position in Monsanto by 0.4% in the fourth quarter. US Bancorp DE now owns 344,555 shares of the company’s stock worth $33,946,000 after buying an additional 1,297 shares during the last quarter. KBC Group NV boosted its position in Monsanto by 13.8% in the fourth quarter. KBC Group NV now owns 129,250 shares of the company’s stock worth $12,733,000 after buying an additional 15,681 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Mitsubishi UFJ Kokusai Asset Management CO. LTD. boosted its position in Monsanto by 3.8% in the fourth quarter. Mitsubishi UFJ Kokusai Asset Management CO. LTD. now owns 62,266 shares of the company’s stock worth $6,134,000 after buying an additional 2,303 shares during the last quarter.

Monsanto Company (Monsanto) is a provider of agricultural products for farmers. The Company’s seeds, biotechnology trait products, and herbicides provide farmers with solutions that improve productivity, reduce the costs of farming, and produce better foods for consumers and better feed for animals. It manages business in two segments: Seeds and Genomics, and Agricultural Productivity.

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