Investors purchased shares of Monsanto Co. (NYSE:MON) on weakness during trading on Wednesday. $51.92 million flowed into the stock on the tick-up and $22.92 million flowed out of the stock on the tick-down, for a money net flow of $29.00 million into the stock. Of all equities tracked, Monsanto had the 11th highest net in-flow for the day. Monsanto traded down ($0.56) for the day and closed at $105.94

Several research firms recently weighed in on MON. Piper Jaffray Cos. reissued an “overweight” rating on shares of Monsanto in a research note on Saturday, May 14th. Vetr raised shares of Monsanto from a “buy” rating to a “strong-buy” rating and set a $116.55 target price for the company in a research note on Monday, June 27th. Citigroup Inc. reissued a “neutral” rating and issued a $112.00 target price on shares of Monsanto in a research note on Monday, July 18th. Deutsche Bank AG reissued a “buy” rating and issued a $100.00 target price on shares of Monsanto in a research note on Wednesday, May 25th. Finally, Goldman Sachs Group Inc. set a $92.00 target price on shares of Monsanto and gave the company a “sell” rating in a research note on Monday, June 27th. Four analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, six have given a hold rating, sixteen have issued a buy rating and one has assigned a strong buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock currently has an average rating of “Buy” and a consensus target price of $109.69.

The stock has a market cap of $46.36 billion and a P/E ratio of 46.63. The firm has a 50 day moving average of $104.50 and a 200-day moving average of $96.95.

Monsanto (NYSE:MON) last posted its quarterly earnings results on Wednesday, June 29th. The company reported $2.17 earnings per share for the quarter, missing the consensus estimate of $2.40 by $0.23. The firm earned $4.19 billion during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $4.49 billion. The business’s revenue for the quarter was down 8.5% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same period last year, the firm earned $2.39 EPS. On average, equities analysts anticipate that Monsanto Co. will post $4.46 EPS for the current year.

The company also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Friday, July 29th. Stockholders of record on Friday, July 8th were paid a dividend of $0.54 per share. The ex-dividend date was Wednesday, July 6th. This represents a $2.16 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 2.04%.

In other Monsanto news, CEO Michael K. Stern sold 12,797 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction dated Wednesday, July 13th. The stock was sold at an average price of $101.77, for a total value of $1,302,350.69. Following the completion of the transaction, the chief executive officer now owns 21,583 shares in the company, valued at approximately $2,196,501.91. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which can be accessed through the SEC website. Also, COO Brett D. Begemann sold 27,980 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction dated Thursday, July 14th. The stock was sold at an average price of $103.62, for a total value of $2,899,287.60. Following the completion of the transaction, the chief operating officer now 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.

A number of hedge funds and institutional investors recently modified their holdings of the company. Atlantic Trust Group LLC increased its position in shares of Monsanto by 6.5% in the fourth quarter. Atlantic Trust Group LLC now owns 17,579 shares of the company’s stock valued at $1,732,000 after buying an additional 1,079 shares in the last quarter. US Bancorp DE increased its position in shares of Monsanto by 0.4% in the fourth quarter. US Bancorp DE now owns 344,555 shares of the company’s stock valued at $33,946,000 after buying an additional 1,297 shares in the last quarter. Advisors Asset Management Inc. increased its position in shares of Monsanto by 42.9% in the fourth quarter. Advisors Asset Management Inc. now owns 37,014 shares of the company’s stock valued at $3,647,000 after buying an additional 11,109 shares in the last quarter. KBC Group NV increased its position in shares of Monsanto by 13.8% in the fourth quarter. KBC Group NV now owns 129,250 shares of the company’s stock valued at $12,733,000 after buying an additional 15,681 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Morningstar Investment Services LLC increased its position in shares of Monsanto by 65.4% in the fourth quarter. Morningstar Investment Services LLC now owns 42,914 shares of the company’s stock valued at $4,228,000 after buying an additional 16,971 shares in 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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