Vigilant Capital Management LLC maintained its position in shares of Monsanto Company (NYSE:MON) during the second quarter, according to its most recent 13F filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The fund owned 5,225 shares of the basic materials company’s stock at the end of the second quarter. Vigilant Capital Management LLC’s holdings in Monsanto were worth $618,000 as of its most recent SEC filing.

A number of other hedge funds and other institutional investors have also recently made changes to their positions in MON. BlackRock Inc. increased its position 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 valued at $2,965,029,000 after buying an additional 25,140,936 shares during the period. State Street Corp increased its position 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 valued at $2,281,433,000 after buying an additional 234,582 shares during the period. Massachusetts Financial Services Co. MA increased its position 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 valued at $1,618,703,000 after buying an additional 499,639 shares during the period. Geode Capital Management LLC increased its position 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 valued at $466,359,000 after buying an additional 295,452 shares during the period. Finally, Flossbach Von Storch AG increased its position 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 valued at $462,920,000 after buying an additional 1,034,400 shares during the period. Hedge funds and other institutional investors own 75.31% of the company’s stock.

Monsanto Company (NYSE:MON) traded down 0.33% during trading on Friday, reaching $116.55. 1,012,471 shares of the company’s stock were exchanged. The firm has a market cap of $51.20 billion, a P/E ratio of 25.17 and a beta of 1.07. Monsanto Company has a 52-week low of $97.35 and a 52-week high of $118.97. The stock’s 50 day moving average price is $117.47 and its 200 day moving average price is $115.08.

Monsanto (NYSE:MON) last released its quarterly earnings results on Wednesday, June 28th. The basic materials company reported $1.93 EPS for the quarter, topping analysts’ consensus estimates of $1.74 by $0.19. Monsanto had a net margin of 14.11% and a return on equity of 45.26%. The business had revenue of $4.23 billion for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $4.18 billion. During the same period last year, the firm earned $2.17 earnings per share. Monsanto’s revenue for the quarter was up 1.0% compared to the same quarter last year. Equities research analysts anticipate that Monsanto Company will post $4.89 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The firm also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, October 27th. Investors of record on Friday, October 6th will be given a dividend of $0.54 per share. This represents a $2.16 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 1.85%. The ex-dividend date is Thursday, October 5th. Monsanto’s dividend payout ratio is 46.75%.

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MON has been the topic of several research reports. Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of Monsanto from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $132.00 price objective on the stock 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 objective on the stock in a report on Wednesday, July 12th. BidaskClub downgraded shares of Monsanto from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a report on Sunday, July 16th. Royal Bank Of Canada restated a “sector perform” rating and set a $128.00 price objective (up previously from $120.00) on shares of Monsanto in a report on Thursday, June 29th. 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 issued a hold rating and eight have issued a buy rating to the company’s stock. Monsanto currently has an average rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $123.15.

In related news, EVP Robert T. Fraley sold 52,410 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction dated Monday, July 10th. The shares were sold at an average price of $117.95, for a total transaction of $6,181,759.50. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which is available through this link. Also, EVP Steven Mizell sold 11,300 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction dated Monday, July 3rd. The stock was sold at an average price of $118.57, for a total transaction of $1,339,841.00. Following the transaction, the executive vice president now directly owns 55,011 shares in the company, valued at $6,522,654.27. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Over the last ninety days, insiders have sold 74,470 shares of company stock worth $8,791,281. 0.79% of the stock is owned by 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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