Deutsche Bank reaffirmed their buy rating on shares of Monsanto (NYSE:MON) in a research note released on Tuesday morning.

MON has been the topic of a number of other research reports. Royal Bank of Canada restated a hold rating and issued a $128.00 price target on shares of Monsanto in a research report on Wednesday, November 15th. Macquarie downgraded shares of Monsanto from an outperform rating to a neutral rating in a research report on Wednesday, October 4th. BMO Capital Markets reiterated a buy rating and set a $128.00 target price on shares of Monsanto in a research report on Thursday, October 5th. Barclays reiterated an equal weight rating and set a $124.00 target price (up previously from $120.00) on shares of Monsanto in a research report on Thursday, October 5th. Finally, Zacks Investment Research downgraded shares of Monsanto from a buy rating to a hold rating in a research report on Monday, December 11th. Eleven research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and three have assigned a buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock has an average rating of Hold and a consensus target price of $127.30.

Shares of Monsanto (NYSE MON) traded up $1.80 during midday trading on Tuesday, hitting $120.66. 6,986,210 shares of the stock were exchanged, compared to its average volume of 3,940,800. The firm has a market cap of $53,110.00, a P/E ratio of 22.30, a P/E/G ratio of 1.70 and a beta of 1.04. Monsanto has a 1 year low of $106.97 and a 1 year high of $122.79. The company has a quick ratio of 0.79, a current ratio of 1.28 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.05.

Monsanto (NYSE:MON) last issued its quarterly 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 firm had revenue of $2.66 billion during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $2.77 billion. Monsanto had a return on equity of 40.13% and a net margin of 16.38%. The firm’s revenue for the quarter was up .3% on a year-over-year basis. During the same quarter last year, the firm posted $0.21 EPS. sell-side analysts expect that Monsanto will post 5.76 earnings per share for the current year.

The firm also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, January 26th. Shareholders of record on Friday, January 5th will be issued a dividend of $0.54 per share. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Thursday, January 4th. This represents a $2.16 annualized dividend and a yield of 1.79%. Monsanto’s payout ratio is 39.93%.

In other Monsanto news, EVP Steven Mizell sold 8,100 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction on Tuesday, January 9th. The shares were sold at an average price of $119.35, for a total transaction of $966,735.00. Following the transaction, the executive vice president now owns 56,743 shares in the company, valued at $6,772,277.05. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which is accessible through this link. Corporate insiders own 0.79% of the company’s stock.

A number of institutional investors and hedge funds have recently added to or reduced their stakes in the business. Personal Capital Advisors Corp raised its holdings in Monsanto by 9.8% during the fourth quarter. Personal Capital Advisors Corp now owns 202,371 shares of the basic materials company’s stock worth $23,633,000 after buying an additional 18,004 shares during the last quarter. State of Alaska Department of Revenue raised its holdings in Monsanto by 41.7% during the fourth quarter. State of Alaska Department of Revenue now owns 161,990 shares of the basic materials company’s stock worth $18,915,000 after buying an additional 47,698 shares during the last quarter. Havens Advisors LLC raised its holdings in Monsanto by 14.0% during the fourth quarter. Havens Advisors LLC now owns 98,000 shares of the basic materials company’s stock worth $11,444,000 after buying an additional 12,000 shares during the last quarter. Schwab Charles Investment Management Inc. raised its holdings in Monsanto by 3.5% during the fourth quarter. Schwab Charles Investment Management Inc. now owns 1,628,413 shares of the basic materials company’s stock worth $190,167,000 after buying an additional 54,336 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Creative Planning raised its holdings in Monsanto by 4.2% during the fourth quarter. Creative Planning now owns 26,559 shares of the basic materials company’s stock worth $3,102,000 after buying an additional 1,061 shares during the last quarter. Hedge funds and other institutional investors own 75.37% of the company’s stock.

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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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