Monsanto (MON) Holdings Lifted by Valeo Financial Advisors LLC

Valeo Financial Advisors LLC raised its holdings in Monsanto (NYSE:MON) by 16.6% in the fourth quarter, according to its most recent 13F filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The firm owned 11,700 shares of the basic materials company’s stock after purchasing an additional 1,667 shares during the quarter. Valeo Financial Advisors LLC’s holdings in Monsanto were worth $1,366,000 as of its most recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).

A number of other large investors have also made changes to their positions in the business. Rhumbline Advisers lifted its position in shares of Monsanto by 1.9% during the 4th quarter. Rhumbline Advisers now owns 774,396 shares of the basic materials company’s stock valued at $90,434,000 after buying an additional 14,646 shares during the last quarter. Raymond James Financial Services Advisors Inc. lifted its position in shares of Monsanto by 14.4% during the 4th quarter. Raymond James Financial Services Advisors Inc. now owns 49,168 shares of the basic materials company’s stock valued at $5,742,000 after buying an additional 6,172 shares during the last quarter. Arizona State Retirement System lifted its position in shares of Monsanto by 3.6% during the 4th quarter. Arizona State Retirement System now owns 147,956 shares of the basic materials company’s stock valued at $17,278,000 after buying an additional 5,198 shares during the last quarter. State of Wisconsin Investment Board lifted its position in shares of Monsanto by 34.9% during the 4th quarter. State of Wisconsin Investment Board now owns 1,064,577 shares of the basic materials company’s stock valued at $124,321,000 after buying an additional 275,679 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Toronto Dominion Bank lifted its position in shares of Monsanto by 12.1% during the 4th quarter. Toronto Dominion Bank now owns 1,136,846 shares of the basic materials company’s stock valued at $132,762,000 after buying an additional 122,533 shares during the last quarter. Hedge funds and other institutional investors own 73.70% of the company’s stock.

Monsanto (MON) opened at $120.79 on Monday. The firm has a market capitalization of $53,244.33, a PE ratio of 21.08, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 1.73 and a beta of 1.01. 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 has a one year low of $108.51 and a one year high of $123.15.

Monsanto (NYSE:MON) last announced its earnings results on Thursday, January 4th. The basic materials company reported $0.41 earnings per share for the quarter, missing analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.42 by ($0.01). The business had revenue of $2.66 billion during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $2.77 billion. Monsanto had a return on equity of 40.13% and a net margin of 16.38%. Monsanto’s revenue was up .3% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same quarter in the prior year, the company earned $0.21 earnings per share. equities analysts predict that Monsanto will post 5.76 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

The firm also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, April 27th. Shareholders of record on Friday, April 6th will be paid a $0.54 dividend. The ex-dividend date is Thursday, April 5th. This represents a $2.16 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 1.79%. Monsanto’s dividend payout ratio is currently 39.85%.

A number of analysts recently issued reports on MON shares. Zacks Investment Research cut Monsanto from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Monday, December 11th. Wells Fargo & Co reissued a “market perform” rating and set a $128.00 price objective (up previously from $118.00) on shares of Monsanto in a report on Wednesday, January 17th. Deutsche Bank reissued a “buy” rating on shares of Monsanto in a report on Tuesday, January 16th. Finally, Royal Bank of Canada reissued a “hold” rating and set a $128.00 price objective on shares of Monsanto in a report on Wednesday, November 15th. Eleven investment analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and three have given a buy rating to the company’s stock. Monsanto has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $127.30.

In other news, EVP Steven Mizell sold 8,100 shares of the stock in a transaction dated Tuesday, January 9th. The stock was sold at an average price of $119.35, for a total transaction of $966,735.00. Following the transaction, the executive vice president now directly owns 56,743 shares in the company, valued at approximately $6,772,277.05. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available through the SEC website. 0.70% of the stock is owned by corporate insiders.

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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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