Janus Henderson Group PLC Purchases 851,369 Shares of Monsanto Company (MON)

Janus Henderson Group PLC boosted its position in Monsanto Company (NYSE:MON) by 57.1% during the third quarter, according to the company in its most recent disclosure with the Securities & Exchange Commission. The fund owned 2,342,693 shares of the basic materials company’s stock after buying an additional 851,369 shares during the period. Janus Henderson Group PLC owned approximately 0.53% of Monsanto worth $280,696,000 as of its most recent filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission.

A number of other hedge funds and other institutional investors have also recently modified their holdings of the stock. Vanguard Group Inc. boosted its position in Monsanto by 2.6% in 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 buying an additional 784,418 shares during the last quarter. BlackRock Inc. lifted its holdings in Monsanto by 6.5% in 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 during the period. State Street Corp lifted its holdings in Monsanto by 0.6% in 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 during the period. Northern Trust Corp lifted its holdings in Monsanto by 0.7% in 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 during the period. Finally, Flossbach Von Storch AG lifted its holdings in Monsanto by 7.5% in the second quarter. Flossbach Von Storch AG now owns 4,397,000 shares of the basic materials company’s stock valued at $520,429,000 after acquiring an additional 307,600 shares during the period. Hedge funds and other institutional investors own 75.70% of the company’s stock.

In related news, VP Duraiswami Narain sold 2,860 shares of the stock in a transaction on Monday, September 25th. The stock was sold at an average price of $120.00, for a total value of $343,200.00. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through this link. Also, EVP Steven Mizell sold 11,526 shares of the stock in a transaction on Monday, October 9th. The shares were sold at an average price of $119.70, for a total value of $1,379,662.20. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Over the last ninety days, insiders have sold 49,236 shares of company stock valued at $5,931,934. Corporate insiders own 0.79% of the company’s stock.

Monsanto Company (NYSE MON) opened at $117.30 on Friday. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.12, a quick ratio of 0.83 and a current ratio of 1.35. The firm has a market capitalization of $51,635.46, a P/E ratio of 21.21, a PEG ratio of 1.69 and a beta of 1.04. Monsanto Company has a 52 week low of $104.08 and a 52 week high of $122.79.

Monsanto (NYSE:MON) last announced its earnings results on Wednesday, October 4th. The basic materials company reported $0.20 earnings per share for the quarter, topping the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of ($0.41) by $0.61. The business had revenue of $2.69 billion during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $2.51 billion. Monsanto had a return on equity of 42.40% and a net margin of 15.44%. The business’s quarterly revenue was up 4.8% on a year-over-year basis. During the same period in the prior year, the company posted $0.07 EPS. research analysts anticipate that Monsanto Company will post 5.74 earnings per share for the current year.

The firm also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, January 26th. Stockholders of record on Friday, January 5th will be paid a dividend of $0.54 per share. This represents a $2.16 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 1.84%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Thursday, January 4th. Monsanto’s payout ratio is 42.27%.

A number of research analysts have issued reports on the company. UBS downgraded Monsanto from a “buy” rating to a “neutral” rating and set a $128.00 price target for the company. in a report on Friday, August 18th. Zacks Investment Research downgraded Monsanto from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Wednesday, August 30th. Wells Fargo & Company boosted their price target on Monsanto from $107.50 to $118.00 and gave the company a “market perform” rating in a report on Tuesday, October 10th. Royal Bank Of Canada reissued a “hold” rating and issued a $128.00 price target on shares of Monsanto in a report on Wednesday, November 15th. Finally, Macquarie downgraded Monsanto from an “outperform” rating to a “neutral” rating in a report on Wednesday, October 4th. Eleven research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and four have issued a buy rating to the stock. The stock presently has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $124.61.

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About Monsanto

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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