What’s Next for Mosaic Co After Today’s Bearish Options Activity?

 What's Next for Mosaic Co After Today's Bearish Options Activity?

In today’s session Mosaic Co (MOS) recorded an unusually high (1,147) contracts volume of put trades. Someone, most probably a professional was a very active buyer of the October, 2016 put, expecting serious MOS decrease. With 1,147 contracts traded and 2354 open interest for the Oct, 16 contract, it seems this is a quite bearish bet. The option with symbol: MOS161021P00023500 closed last at: $0.65 or 0% . About 1.37M shares traded hands. Mosaic Co (NYSE:MOS) has declined 20.01% since March 15, 2016 and is downtrending. It has underperformed by 25.49% the S&P500.

Analysts await Mosaic Co (NYSE:MOS) to report earnings on November, 1. They expect $0.15 EPS, down 75.81% or $0.47 from last year’s $0.62 per share. MOS’s profit will be $51.80M for 38.37 P/E if the $0.15 EPS becomes a reality. After $0.06 actual EPS reported by Mosaic Co for the previous quarter, Wall Street now forecasts 150.00% EPS growth.

Mosaic Co (NYSE:MOS) Ratings Coverage

Out of 18 analysts covering The Mosaic Company (NYSE:MOS), 2 rate it a “Buy”, 6 “Sell”, while 10 “Hold”. This means 11% are positive. The Mosaic Company has been the topic of 47 analyst reports since July 22, 2015 according to StockzIntelligence Inc. The stock of Mosaic Co (NYSE:MOS) earned “Neutral” rating by Goldman Sachs on Monday, January 18. The stock of Mosaic Co (NYSE:MOS) has “Mkt Perform” rating given on Friday, September 11 by Bernstein. Vertical Research downgraded the stock to “Hold” rating in Thursday, April 21 report. The rating was downgraded by Barclays Capital on Tuesday, April 19 to “Underweight”. Stifel Nicolaus maintained the stock with “Buy” rating in Thursday, November 5 report. Barclays Capital maintained it with “Equal-Weight” rating and $43 target price in Monday, October 5 report. The rating was downgraded by BMO Capital Markets to “Market Perform” on Friday, January 8. The company was downgraded on Wednesday, March 16 by Morgan Stanley. The stock has “Outperform” rating given by RBC Capital Markets on Wednesday, October 21. RBC Capital Markets maintained the stock with “Outperform” rating in Wednesday, November 4 report.

According to Zacks Investment Research, “The Mosaic Company is one of the world’s leading producers and marketers of concentrated phosphate and potash crop nutrients. For the global agriculture industry, Mosaic is a single source for phosphates, potash, nitrogen fertilizers and feed ingredients.”

Insitutional Activity: The institutional sentiment increased to 1.49 in 2016 Q2. Its up 0.19, from 1.3 in 2016Q1. The ratio improved, as 50 funds sold all Mosaic Co shares owned while 131 reduced positions. 70 funds bought stakes while 200 increased positions. They now own 300.01 million shares or 0.68% more from 297.98 million shares in 2016Q1.
Teachers Retirement Systems Of The State Of Kentucky, a Kentucky-based fund reported 48,100 shares. Moors Cabot has 43,385 shares for 0.2% of their US portfolio. Moreover, Norinchukin Bancorp The has 0.01% invested in Mosaic Co (NYSE:MOS) for 18,349 shares. The Wisconsin-based Johnson Financial Group Inc has invested 0.23% in Mosaic Co (NYSE:MOS). Jolley Asset Management Ltd has 2.53% invested in the company for 119,966 shares. Moreover, Envestnet Asset Mngmt has 0.01% invested in Mosaic Co (NYSE:MOS) for 52,974 shares. Los Angeles Mngmt And Equity has 1.01 million shares for 0.23% of their US portfolio. Geneva Advsrs holds 0.02% of its portfolio in Mosaic Co (NYSE:MOS) for 33,196 shares. Deutsche Retail Bank Ag has 0.07% invested in the company for 3.95 million shares. The Illinois-based Jump Trading Ltd Llc has invested 0.01% in Mosaic Co (NYSE:MOS). Smith Asset Management Grp Incorporated L P accumulated 0% or 2,230 shares. Blackrock Inv Limited Liability holds 0.03% or 768,414 shares in its portfolio. National Bank Of Montreal Can has invested 0.01% of its portfolio in Mosaic Co (NYSE:MOS). California State Teachers Retirement System has invested 0.04% of its portfolio in Mosaic Co (NYSE:MOS). Citigroup, a New York-based fund reported 63,954 shares.

Insider Transactions: Since June 2, 2016, the stock had 0 insider buys, and 1 insider sale for $507,080 net activity. Shares for $507,080 were sold by BRAUSEN ANTHONY T.

The Mosaic Company is a producer and marketer of concentrated phosphate and potash crop nutrients. The company has a market cap of $7.95 billion. The Company’s divisions include Phosphates, Potash and International Distribution. It has a 14.53 P/E ratio. The Company’s Phosphates Segment sells phosphate crop nutrients and animal feed ingredients throughout North America and internationally.

MOS Company Profile

The Mosaic Company (Mosaic), incorporated on March 25, 2004, is a producer and marketer of concentrated phosphate and potash crop nutrients. The Company’s divisions include Phosphates, Potash and International Distribution. The Company’s Phosphates Segment sells phosphate crop nutrients and animal feed ingredients throughout North America and internationally. The Company’s Potash Segment sells potash throughout North America and internationally, principally as fertilizer, and also for use in industrial applications. The Company’s International Distribution Segment consists of sales offices, crop nutrient blending and bagging facilities, port terminals and warehouses in Brazil, Paraguay, India and China.

More recent Mosaic Co (NYSE:MOS) news were published by: Prnewswire.com which released: “Mosaic Announces 2016 Third Quarter Earnings Release And Conference Call” on October 13, 2016. Also Bloomberg.com published the news titled: “Mosaic’s Radioactive Sinkhole Problem Could Mean Mine Delays” on September 27, 2016. Equitiesfocus.com‘s news article titled: “Mosaic Co (NYSE:MOS) Per-Share Dividend At $0.275” with publication date: October 18, 2016 was also an interesting one.

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