Mosaic (MOS) Given Media Sentiment Score of 0.15

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Press coverage about Mosaic (NYSE:MOS) has been trending somewhat positive this week, according to Accern. The research firm identifies positive and negative press coverage by analyzing more than 20 million news and blog sources. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Mosaic earned a media sentiment score of 0.15 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned news articles about the basic materials company an impact score of 46.6503500981976 out of 100, meaning that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the near future.

Here are some of the news stories that may have effected Accern’s rankings:

Mosaic traded down $0.20, hitting $29.48, during trading on Thursday, Marketbeat reports. 3,718,700 shares of the company’s stock traded hands, compared to its average volume of 4,677,474. Mosaic has a 52 week low of $19.23 and a 52 week high of $29.95. The company has a quick ratio of 0.80, a current ratio of 1.73 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.45. The firm has a market capitalization of $11.35 billion, a P/E ratio of 27.05, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 2.86 and a beta of 1.26.

Mosaic (NYSE:MOS) last released its quarterly earnings data on Monday, May 7th. The basic materials company reported $0.20 EPS for the quarter, missing the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.28 by ($0.08). Mosaic had a negative net margin of 0.82% and a positive return on equity of 4.44%. The business had revenue of $1.93 billion for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $1.85 billion. During the same quarter last year, the business earned $0.04 EPS. Mosaic’s revenue for the quarter was up 22.5% compared to the same quarter last year. analysts anticipate that Mosaic will post 1.47 EPS for the current year.

The firm also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Thursday, June 21st. Shareholders of record on Thursday, June 7th will be given a dividend of $0.025 per share. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Wednesday, June 6th. This represents a $0.10 annualized dividend and a yield of 0.34%. Mosaic’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is currently 9.17%.

A number of analysts have commented on the stock. Cowen upped their target price on shares of Mosaic from $32.00 to $35.00 and gave the company an “outperform” rating in a report on Friday, May 18th. Credit Suisse Group upped their target price on shares of Mosaic from $20.00 to $22.00 and gave the company an “underperform” rating in a report on Wednesday, May 9th. BMO Capital Markets upped their target price on shares of Mosaic from $26.00 to $28.00 and gave the company a “market perform” rating in a report on Wednesday, May 9th. Royal Bank of Canada raised shares of Mosaic from a “sector perform” rating to an “outperform” rating and reduced their price objective for the stock from $32.00 to $30.00 in a research note on Thursday, May 10th. Finally, Zacks Investment Research cut shares of Mosaic from a “hold” rating to a “strong sell” rating in a research note on Tuesday, May 1st. Four research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, eight have given a hold rating and six have given a buy rating to the company’s stock. The company has an average rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $27.37.

In other Mosaic news, Director Robert L. Lumpkins acquired 4,655 shares of the stock in a transaction on Wednesday, May 2nd. The stock was acquired at an average price of $27.14 per share, for a total transaction of $126,336.70. Following the completion of the transaction, the director now directly owns 13,994 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $379,797.16. The purchase was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available through this hyperlink. 0.45% of the stock is owned by company insiders.

Mosaic Company Profile

The Mosaic Company, through its subsidiaries, produces and markets concentrated phosphate and potash crop nutrients worldwide. The company operates through three segments: Phosphates, Potash, and International Distribution. It owns and operates mines, which produce concentrated phosphate crop nutrients, such as diammonium phosphate, monoammonium phosphate, and ammoniated phosphate products; and phosphate-based animal feed ingredients primarily under the Biofos and Nexfos brand names.

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