Financial Architects Inc lowered its position in Monsanto Company (NYSE:MON) by 6.0% during the second quarter, according to its most recent disclosure with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The fund owned 1,836 shares of the basic materials company’s stock after selling 117 shares during the period. Financial Architects Inc’s holdings in Monsanto were worth $217,000 as of its most recent SEC filing.

Several other large investors have also recently modified their holdings of the company. BlackRock Inc. increased its stake in shares of Monsanto by 2,390.1% in the first quarter. BlackRock Inc. now owns 26,192,816 shares of the basic materials company’s stock worth $2,965,029,000 after buying an additional 25,140,936 shares during the period. State Street Corp increased its stake in shares of Monsanto by 1.2% in the first quarter. State Street Corp now owns 20,153,966 shares of the basic materials company’s stock worth $2,281,433,000 after buying an additional 234,582 shares during the period. Massachusetts Financial Services Co. MA increased its stake in shares of Monsanto by 3.6% in the first quarter. Massachusetts Financial Services Co. MA now owns 14,299,502 shares of the basic materials company’s stock worth $1,618,703,000 after buying an additional 499,639 shares during the period. Geode Capital Management LLC increased its stake in shares of Monsanto by 7.7% in the first quarter. Geode Capital Management LLC now owns 4,125,879 shares of the basic materials company’s stock worth $466,359,000 after buying an additional 295,452 shares during the period. Finally, Flossbach Von Storch AG increased its stake in shares of Monsanto by 33.9% in the first quarter. Flossbach Von Storch AG now owns 4,089,400 shares of the basic materials company’s stock worth $462,920,000 after buying an additional 1,034,400 shares during the period. Institutional investors and hedge funds own 74.88% of the company’s stock.

Shares of Monsanto Company (MON) traded down 0.01% on Friday, reaching $117.85. 307,560 shares of the company’s stock were exchanged. Monsanto Company has a 12 month low of $97.35 and a 12 month high of $118.97. The firm’s 50 day moving average price is $117.53 and its 200-day moving average price is $114.70. The company has a market capitalization of $51.77 billion, a P/E ratio of 25.45 and a beta of 1.07.

Monsanto (NYSE:MON) last announced its quarterly earnings results on Wednesday, June 28th. The basic materials company reported $1.93 EPS for the quarter, beating the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $1.74 by $0.19. The business had revenue of $4.23 billion during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $4.18 billion. Monsanto had a return on equity of 45.26% and a net margin of 14.11%. The firm’s quarterly revenue was up 1.0% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same quarter in the previous year, the business posted $2.17 EPS. On average, equities analysts anticipate that Monsanto Company will post $4.89 EPS for the current year.

The company also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Friday, July 28th. Investors of record on Friday, July 7th were paid a $0.54 dividend. The ex-dividend date was Wednesday, July 5th. This represents a $2.16 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 1.83%. Monsanto’s payout ratio is 46.75%.

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A number of equities research analysts have recently commented on MON shares. Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of Monsanto from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $132.00 price target for the company in a report on Friday, June 16th. Vetr upgraded shares of Monsanto from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $122.35 price target for the company in a report on Thursday, July 6th. Royal Bank Of Canada reiterated a “hold” rating and set a $120.00 price target on shares of Monsanto in a report on Friday, April 7th. BidaskClub downgraded shares of Monsanto from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a report on Sunday, July 16th. Finally, UBS AG downgraded shares of Monsanto from a “positive” rating to a “neutral” rating in a report on Tuesday, June 27th. Two analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, eleven have assigned a hold rating and eight have issued a buy rating to the company. The company currently has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $123.15.

In related news, SVP Janet M. Holloway sold 7,423 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Tuesday, June 13th. The stock was sold at an average price of $118.00, for a total value of $875,914.00. Following the completion of the sale, the senior vice president now owns 33,645 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $3,970,110. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which is available at this link. Also, SVP Janet M. Holloway sold 3,337 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Friday, June 2nd. The shares were sold at an average price of $118.00, for a total value of $393,766.00. Following the completion of the sale, the senior vice president now directly owns 44,405 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $5,239,790. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. In the last three months, insiders sold 74,470 shares of company stock valued at $8,791,281. 0.79% of the stock is currently owned by company insiders.

About Monsanto

Monsanto Company (Monsanto), along with its subsidiaries, is a provider of agricultural products for farmers. The Company provides seeds, biotechnology trait products, herbicides and digital agriculture tools to farmers. The Company operates through two segments: Seeds and Genomics, and Agricultural Productivity.

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