What Will Happen to Monsanto Company Next? The Stock Just Had Huge Bullish Options Activity

 What Will Happen to Monsanto Company Next? The Stock Just Had Huge Bullish Options Activity

In today’s session Monsanto Company (MON) registered an unusually high (214) contracts volume of call trades. Someone, most probably a professional was a very active buyer of the December, 2016 call, expecting serious MON increase. With 214 contracts traded and 57884 open interest for the Dec, 16 contract, it seems this is a quite bullish bet. The option with symbol: MON161216C00105000 closed last at: $0.41 or 25.5% down. About 150,297 shares traded hands. Monsanto Company (NYSE:MON) has risen 8.93% since April 27, 2016 and is uptrending. It has outperformed by 3.70% the S&P500.

Analysts await Monsanto Company (NYSE:MON) to report earnings on January, 5 before the open. They expect $-0.04 earnings per share, up 63.64% or $0.07 from last year’s $-0.11 per share. After $0.07 actual earnings per share reported by Monsanto Company for the previous quarter, Wall Street now forecasts -157.14% negative EPS growth.

Monsanto Company (NYSE:MON) Ratings Coverage

Out of 21 analysts covering Monsanto Company (NYSE:MON), 14 rate it a “Buy”, 1 “Sell”, while 6 “Hold”. This means 67% are positive. $134 is the highest target while $83 is the lowest. The $112.06 average target is 9.18% above today’s ($102.64) stock price. Monsanto Company has been the topic of 40 analyst reports since August 25, 2015 according to StockzIntelligence Inc. The firm has “Sell” rating given on Monday, April 11 by Goldman Sachs. Barclays Capital maintained Monsanto Company (NYSE:MON) on Thursday, October 6 with “Equal-Weight” rating. The stock of Monsanto Company (NYSE:MON) has “Buy” rating given on Tuesday, August 25 by Canaccord Genuity. The firm has “Buy” rating given on Friday, October 9 by Stifel Nicolaus. The rating was maintained by Deutsche Bank with “Buy” on Thursday, October 8. Piper Jaffray maintained the shares of MON in a report on Thursday, August 27 with “Overweight” rating. Citigroup maintained Monsanto Company (NYSE:MON) on Friday, August 19 with “Neutral” rating. The stock has “Neutral” rating given by Citigroup on Thursday, April 7. The rating was reinitiated by Morgan Stanley with “Overweight” on Thursday, August 27. Barclays Capital maintained it with “Equal Weight” rating and $100.0 target price in Thursday, January 7 report.

According to Zacks Investment Research, “Monsanto is a leading global provider of technology-based solutions and agricultural products for growers and downstream customers, such as grain processors and consumers, in the agricultural markets. The combination of its herbicides, seeds and related genetic trait products provides growers with integrated solutions to more efficiently and cost effectively produce crops at higher yields, while controlling weeds, insects and diseases. Its base business, led by Roundup and coupled with the latest tools in biotechnology, genomics and molecular breeding.”

Insitutional Activity: The institutional sentiment increased to 1.02 in Q2 2016. Its up 0.11, from 0.91 in 2016Q1. The ratio increased, as 88 funds sold all Monsanto Company shares owned while 334 reduced positions. 142 funds bought stakes while 243 increased positions. They now own 338.57 million shares or 4.89% less from 355.97 million shares in 2016Q1.
Dorsey And Whitney Trust Com Ltd Liability Corp last reported 2,080 shares in the company. Moreover, Hikari Power Limited has 0.45% invested in Monsanto Company (NYSE:MON) for 37,500 shares. Moreover, Advisor Prtn Limited Liability has 0.23% invested in Monsanto Company (NYSE:MON) for 6,238 shares. Davide Leone Partners Llp last reported 417,000 shares in the company. Dimensional Fund Lp holds 985,227 shares or 0.06% of its portfolio. Voya Inv Management Limited Liability last reported 247,930 shares in the company. Boothbay Fund Mngmt Ltd accumulated 2,043 shares or 0.1% of the stock. Hyman Charles D accumulated 6,550 shares or 0.1% of the stock. Lenox Wealth Mngmt holds 0.01% or 115 shares in its portfolio. Brown Advisory Secs Ltd Co has 2,033 shares for 0.07% of their US portfolio. Lazard Asset Management Limited Company holds 0.2% or 857,265 shares in its portfolio. Hengehold Capital Ltd Co accumulated 2,163 shares or 0.07% of the stock. Prudential Finance, a New Jersey-based fund reported 619,028 shares. The California-based Destination Wealth Mgmt has invested 0.62% in Monsanto Company (NYSE:MON). Park Corporation Oh last reported 3,098 shares in the company.

Insider Transactions: Since October 10, 2016, the stock had 1 buy, and 3 insider sales for $8.18 million net activity. 2,745 shares were sold by Preete Kerry J, worth $277,145. $8.23M worth of Monsanto Company (NYSE:MON) shares were sold by FRALEY ROBERT T. 3,500 shares with value of $361,319 were bought by MCMILLAN CHARLES S on Monday, October 10. 310 shares were sold by MIZELL STEVEN, worth $31,958.

Monsanto Company , along with its subsidiaries, is a well-known provider of agricultural products for farmers. The company has a market cap of $45.11 billion. The Firm provides seeds, biotechnology trait products, herbicides and precision agriculture tools to farmers. It has a 34.16 P/E ratio. The Firm operates through two divisions: Seeds and Genomics, and Agricultural Productivity.

MON Company Profile

Monsanto Company (Monsanto), incorporated on February 9, 2000, along with its subsidiaries, is a well-known provider of agricultural products for farmers. The Firm provides seeds, biotechnology trait products, herbicides and precision agriculture tools to farmers. The Firm operates through two divisions: Seeds and Genomics, and Agricultural Productivity.

More notable recent Monsanto Company (NYSE:MON) news were published by: Wsj.com which released: “Monsanto to Buy European Farm Software Company” on November 21, 2016, also Businesswire.com with their article: “Monsanto Executive to Address Investors at Upcoming Investor Event” published on November 22, 2016, Ft.com published: “Bayer-Monsanto deal is a bet on GM crop expansion” on November 27, 2016. More interesting news about Monsanto Company (NYSE:MON) were released by: Tucson.com and their article: “Details of Monsanto deal with Pima County are released” published on November 18, 2016 as well as Tucson.com‘s news article titled: “Critics decry tax breaks as Monsanto plans Marana greenhouse” with publication date: November 19, 2016.

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