Monsanto (NYSE:MON) – Investment analysts at Jefferies Group lifted their Q2 2018 earnings estimates for Monsanto in a research report issued to clients and investors on Friday. Jefferies Group analyst L. Alexander now expects that the basic materials company will post earnings per share of $3.50 for the quarter, up from their prior estimate of $3.29. Jefferies Group currently has a “Hold” rating and a $128.00 price target on the stock. Jefferies Group also issued estimates for Monsanto’s FY2019 earnings at $7.00 EPS and FY2020 earnings at $7.30 EPS.

Monsanto (NYSE:MON) last issued its earnings results on Thursday, January 4th. The basic materials company reported $0.41 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, missing the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.42 by ($0.01). The company had revenue of $2.66 billion for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $2.77 billion. Monsanto had a net margin of 16.38% and a return on equity of 40.13%. The firm’s revenue for the quarter was up .3% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same period in the prior year, the firm posted $0.21 earnings per share.

A number of other analysts have also issued reports on the stock. Zacks Investment Research lowered shares of Monsanto from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Monday, December 11th. Royal Bank of Canada reaffirmed a “hold” rating and issued a $128.00 price objective on shares of Monsanto in a research note on Wednesday, November 15th. Macquarie lowered shares of Monsanto from an “outperform” rating to a “neutral” rating in a research note on Wednesday, October 4th. Wells Fargo & Co upped their price objective on shares of Monsanto from $107.50 to $118.00 and gave the stock a “market perform” rating in a research note on Tuesday, October 10th. Finally, BMO Capital Markets reaffirmed a “buy” rating and issued a $128.00 price objective on shares of Monsanto in a research note on Thursday, October 5th. Eleven equities research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and two have assigned a buy rating to the company. The company currently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $126.40.

Shares of Monsanto (MON) traded down $0.51 on Monday, hitting $118.81. 945,286 shares of the stock were exchanged, compared to its average volume of 3,000,000. The stock has a market capitalization of $52,300.00, a price-to-earnings ratio of 21.96, a P/E/G ratio of 1.69 and a beta of 1.04. Monsanto has a 1 year low of $106.74 and a 1 year high of $122.79. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.05, a current ratio of 1.28 and a quick ratio of 0.79.

Hedge funds have recently added to or reduced their stakes in the business. Vanguard Group Inc. increased its holdings in shares of Monsanto by 2.6% during the second quarter. Vanguard Group Inc. now owns 30,725,725 shares of the basic materials company’s stock valued at $3,636,697,000 after acquiring an additional 784,418 shares in the last quarter. BlackRock Inc. increased its holdings in shares of Monsanto by 6.5% during the second quarter. BlackRock Inc. now owns 27,898,255 shares of the basic materials company’s stock valued at $3,302,038,000 after acquiring an additional 1,705,439 shares in the last quarter. State Street Corp increased its holdings in shares of Monsanto by 0.6% during the second quarter. State Street Corp now owns 20,276,780 shares of the basic materials company’s stock valued at $2,399,965,000 after acquiring an additional 122,814 shares in the last quarter. Capital International Investors increased its holdings in shares of Monsanto by 10.3% during the third quarter. Capital International Investors now owns 9,344,430 shares of the basic materials company’s stock valued at $1,119,650,000 after acquiring an additional 872,377 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Northern Trust Corp increased its holdings in shares of Monsanto by 0.7% during the second quarter. Northern Trust Corp now owns 7,092,929 shares of the basic materials company’s stock valued at $839,519,000 after acquiring an additional 47,725 shares in the last quarter. 75.34% of the stock is owned by institutional investors and hedge funds.

In other Monsanto news, CFO Pierre Courduroux sold 4,320 shares of the stock in a transaction dated Thursday, October 19th. The shares were sold at an average price of $122.00, for a total transaction of $527,040.00. Following the completion of the sale, the chief financial officer now directly owns 48,388 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $5,903,336. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is accessible through this link. Also, VP Nicole M. Ringenberg sold 7,890 shares of the stock in a transaction dated Monday, October 16th. The shares were sold at an average price of $122.25, for a total transaction of $964,552.50. Following the sale, the vice president now directly owns 38,600 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $4,718,850. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Corporate insiders own 0.70% of the company’s stock.

The company also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, January 26th. Shareholders of record on Friday, January 5th will be given a dividend of $0.54 per share. This represents a $2.16 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 1.82%. The ex-dividend date is Thursday, January 4th. Monsanto’s payout ratio is 39.93%.

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Monsanto Company Profile

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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