Mosaic Co (MOS) Receives Consensus Rating of "Hold" from Analysts

Lloyd Doyle
December 7, 2017

State Treasurer State of MI boosted its holdings in Mosaic by 0.3% in the 2nd quarter. As per Wednesday, December 2, the company rating was downgraded by RBC Capital Markets. Westover Capital Advisors LLC purchased a new stake in Mosaic in the second quarter valued at approximately $218,000. It also increased its holding in Vanguard S&P 500 Etf (VOO) by 1,575 shares in the quarter, for a total of 38,595 shares, and has risen its stake in Ball Corp (NYSE:BLL). The average 1 year price objective among brokers that have issued ratings on the stock in the last year is $24.07. Pacer Advisors Inc. lifted its position in Mosaic by 8.7% during the second quarter. The basic materials company reported $0.43 earnings per share for the quarter, topping the consensus estimate of $0.25 by $0.18. Institutional investors and hedge funds own 76.94% of the company's stock.

Technical traders may be staring at recent indicator levels on shares of The Mosaic Company (MOS). 3,406,610 shares of the company's stock were exchanged. The Mosaic Company's average EBITDA per Share Growth Rate was -7.5 percent during the past 12 months. ON has price to earnings growth (PEG) ratio of 0.75 and Forward P/E of 11.52. These up or down trends are telling the direction of stock price on basis of moving averages.

Mosaic (NYSE:MOS) last posted its earnings results on Tuesday, May 2nd. The Return on Equity (ROE) value stands at 3.4%. The business had revenue of $1.98 billion during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $1.93 billion. They expect $0.27 earnings per share, up 3.85% or $0.01 from last year's $0.26 per share. During the same period in the previous year, the company posted $0.41 EPS.

The business also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Thursday, December 21st. A company with a high P/E ratio usually indicated positive future performance and investors are willing to pay more for this company's shares. Stock Popped Today" published on November 07, 2017 as well as Cnbc.com's news article titled: "Disney, 21st Century Fox talks have gotten a 2nd wind, deal still possible: "Report" with publication date: "December 02, 2017. Mosaic's payout ratio is presently 130.95%.


In order to put MOS's recent price performance into context, we need to get a sense of how the stock moves in relation to the overall market. For WU, the company now has 1.03 billion of cash on the books. Zacks Investment Research upgraded Mosaic from a "hold" rating to a "buy" rating and set a $26.00 target price on the stock in a research note on Tuesday, November 14th. Stifel Nicolaus reiterated a "hold" rating and set a $24.00 target price on shares of Mosaic in a research report on Thursday, October 12th. Finally, BMO Capital Markets reissued a "hold" rating and set a $25.00 price target on shares of Mosaic in a research note on Friday, September 8th. Cleveland Research raised shares of Mosaic from a "neutral" rating to a "buy" rating in a report on Wednesday, November 1st. Their average price target spell out an upbeat performance - a 7% and would give MOS a market capitalization of almost $8.97B.

In other news, CFO Richard L. Mack bought 7,500 shares of the stock in a transaction that occurred on Thursday, May 4th. Aviance Capital Partners LLC now owns 30,671 shares of the basic materials company's stock valued at $700,000 after purchasing an additional 419 shares in the last quarter. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available through this hyperlink. The shares were sold at an average price of $23.39, for a total transaction of $25,729.00. Shares are now up over the past year, outperforming the broad market by -100% and outperformed a peer group of similar companies by 288%. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Creative Planning now owns 15,106 shares of the basic materials company's stock valued at $345,000 after acquiring an additional 5,034 shares during the period.

The Mosaic Company, through its subsidiaries, produces and markets concentrated phosphate and potash crop nutrients worldwide.

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