Mosaic Company (The) (NYSE:MOS) was the target of some unusual options trading on Tuesday. Stock investors bought 574 call options on the stock. This represents an increase of 160% compared to the average volume of 221 call options.

MOS has been the topic of several recent analyst reports. Morgan Stanley cut their target price on Mosaic Company (The) from $27.00 to $25.00 and set an “equal weight” rating on the stock in a research note on Monday, August 7th. Royal Bank Of Canada cut their target price on Mosaic Company (The) from $26.00 to $25.00 and set a “sector perform” rating on the stock in a research note on Friday, July 14th. Zacks Investment Research upgraded Mosaic Company (The) from a “strong sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Wednesday, July 12th. Stifel Nicolaus reiterated a “hold” rating and set a $27.00 target price on shares of Mosaic Company (The) in a research note on Friday, July 14th. Finally, BMO Capital Markets reiterated a “hold” rating and set a $25.00 target price on shares of Mosaic Company (The) in a research note on Friday, September 8th. Six research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, eight have given a hold rating and two have issued a buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock currently has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $25.15.

Mosaic Company (MOS) opened at 20.46 on Friday. The company has a 50-day moving average price of $20.81 and a 200-day moving average price of $24.38. The company has a market capitalization of $7.18 billion, a PE ratio of 48.71 and a beta of 1.27. Mosaic Company has a one year low of $19.23 and a one year high of $34.36.

Mosaic Company (The) (NYSE:MOS) last announced its quarterly earnings data on Tuesday, August 1st. The basic materials company reported $0.29 earnings per share for the quarter, beating analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.25 by $0.04. The firm had revenue of $1.75 billion for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $1.75 billion. Mosaic Company (The) had a net margin of 2.07% and a return on equity of 3.31%. The business’s quarterly revenue was up 4.7% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same period in the previous year, the company earned $0.06 earnings per share. Analysts expect that Mosaic Company will post $0.76 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

The business also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Thursday, September 21st. Stockholders of record on Thursday, September 7th will be issued a dividend of $0.15 per share. This represents a $0.60 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 2.93%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Wednesday, September 6th. Mosaic Company (The)’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is presently 142.86%.

In other Mosaic Company (The) news, Director Robert L. Lumpkins bought 7,000 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction on Monday, August 21st. The shares were acquired at an average cost of $19.94 per share, for a total transaction of $139,580.00. Following the purchase, the director now owns 9,339 shares in the company, valued at approximately $186,219.66. The purchase was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is available through this hyperlink. Company insiders own 0.38% of the company’s stock.

A number of large investors have recently bought and sold shares of the business. Turner Investments LLC purchased a new stake in Mosaic Company (The) in the first quarter valued at $158,000. Pacer Advisors Inc. boosted its holdings in Mosaic Company (The) by 8.7% in the second quarter. Pacer Advisors Inc. now owns 7,366 shares of the basic materials company’s stock valued at $168,000 after purchasing an additional 587 shares during the last quarter. Bronfman E.L. Rothschild L.P. boosted its holdings in Mosaic Company (The) by 878.3% in the first quarter. Bronfman E.L. Rothschild L.P. now owns 6,007 shares of the basic materials company’s stock valued at $175,000 after purchasing an additional 5,393 shares during the last quarter. CrestPoint Capital Management LLC purchased a new stake in Mosaic Company (The) in the second quarter valued at $208,000. Finally, Greenwood Capital Associates LLC purchased a new stake in Mosaic Company (The) in the first quarter valued at $211,000. 76.81% of the stock is currently owned by institutional investors.

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About Mosaic Company (The)

The Mosaic Company is a producer and marketer of concentrated phosphate and potash crop nutrients. The Company operates through three segments: Phosphates, Potash and International Distribution. The Company is a supplier of phosphate- and potash-based crop nutrients and animal feed ingredients. The Phosphates segment owns and operates mines and production facilities in Florida, which produce concentrated phosphate crop nutrients and phosphate-based animal feed ingredients, and processing plants in Louisiana, which produce concentrated phosphate crop nutrients.

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