Monsanto (MON) Shares Sold by Ameritas Investment Partners Inc

Lloyd Doyle
December 30, 2017

Lazard Asset Management Llc decreased its stake in Monsanto Co (MON) by 33.34% based on its latest 2017Q3 regulatory filing with the SEC. Pitcairn Com reported 6,680 shares. PSquared Asset Management AG now owns 1,274,320 shares of the basic materials company's stock valued at $150,829,000 after buying an additional 898,395 shares in the last quarter. Monsanto Co now has $51.25 billion valuation. The stock increased 0.55% or $0.64 during the last trading session, reaching $116.91. The shares were sold at an average price of $122.25, for a total transaction of $964,552.50. The stock of Monsanto Company (NYSE:MON) earned "Buy" rating by Deutsche Bank on Wednesday, September 30. It has underperformed by 1.24% the S&P500. The company has market cap of $3.07 billion. The companyÂ's Advanced Technology Group segment provides servo-control components to the commercial aerospace, aircraft, and government related industries; and medical and industrial markets. It has a 27.65 P/E ratio.

Investors of record on Friday, January 5th will be issued a $0.54 dividend. Its up 0.10, from 1.18 in 2017Q2. It is negative, as 48 investors sold Monday shares while 342 reduced holdings.

A number of institutional investors and hedge funds have recently added to or reduced their stakes in the stock. 321.42 million shares or 4.04% more from 308.94 million shares in 2017Q2 were reported. Boston holds 35,866 shares or 0.01% of its portfolio. Spectrum Mngmt Gru reported 400 shares stake. The shares were sold at an average price of $110.00, for a total transaction of $623,700.00. First Foundation Advsrs reported 49,125 shares. Dean Assocs Llc has invested 0.1% of its portfolio in Monsanto Company (NYSE:MON). Fiduciary accumulated 4,967 shares. Sit Investment Assocs Inc has invested 0.01% in Monsanto Company (NYSE:MON). During the same period last year, the firm earned $0.07 EPS. equities research analysts anticipate that Monsanto will post 5.74 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

Monsanto Company (NYSE:MON) now has a Weekly Volatility of 0.62% percent while its Monthly Volatility is at 0.81% percent. Brown Advisory accumulated 168,337 shares or 0.07% of the stock. Numina Management Lc holds 0.97% or 60,000 shares. Mutual Of America Capital Mgmt Ltd Llc owns 53,094 shares. Cornerstone Cap Mngmt Limited Liability Company holds 0.07% in Monsanto Company (NYSE:MON) or 75,385 shares.


The stock's current distance from 20-Day Simple Moving Average (SMA20) is -0.9% where SMA50 and SMA200 are -2.12% and -1.05% respectively.

Since September 25, 2017, it had 0 insider purchases, and 5 sales for $5.93 million activity. 11,526 shares were sold by MIZELL STEVEN, worth $1.38M. The insider Narain Duraiswami sold 2,860 shares worth $343,200. The firm owned 13,310 shares of the basic materials company's stock after selling 12,439 shares during the period. Also, CFO Pierre Courduroux sold 4,320 shares of the stock in a transaction dated Thursday, October 19th.

More important recent Monsanto Company (NYSE:MON) news were published by: Reuters.com which released: "Monsanto offers cash to U.S. farmers who use controversial chemical" on December 11, 2017, also Businesswire.com published article titled: "Monsanto Announces Significant Progress on Commitments in 2017 Sustainability ...", Twst.com published: "Monsanto Company: Monsanto Earns 3rd Consecutive Digital Edge Award for ..." on December 20, 2017. Meiji Yasuda Asset Management holds 44,339 shares. Wells Fargo And Mn holds 0% or 47,368 shares. Therefore 52% are positive. CLSA upgraded shares of Monsanto Company from an "underperform" rating to an "outperform" rating in a report on Friday, January 6th. The firm has "Hold" rating given on Monday, August 14 by Jefferies. CLSA downgraded the shares of Monday in report on Thursday, September 15 to "Underperform" rating. Berkshire Hathaway Inc bought 831,685 shares as the company's stock rose 6.51% with the market.

Monsanto Company (MON) has an annual dividend of $2.16, while its annual dividend yield is 1.86%. Twelve analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and three have given a buy rating to the stock. As per Monday, October 9, the company rating was maintained by RBC Capital Markets. The rating was maintained by Stifel Nicolaus on Friday, October 9 with "Buy". Barclays restated an "equal weight" rating and issued a $124.00 target price (up previously from $120.00) on shares of Monsanto in a report on Thursday, October 5th. The rating was upgraded by Goldman Sachs to "Neutral" on Tuesday, September 27. Metropolitan Life Ins Com has 227,646 shares for 0.17% of their portfolio. Rothschild Investment Corp Il stated it has 58,602 shares or 0.79% of all its holdings. The basic materials company reported $0.20 earnings per share for the quarter, topping analysts' consensus estimates of ($0.41) by $0.61. Monsanto now has a consensus rating of "Hold" and an average price target of $124.61.

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