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Mosaic (MOS)

Background: Mosaic 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. Mosaic is a subsidiary of Cargill. Mosaic trades an average of 4.2 million shares per day with a market cap of $24 billion.

52-Week Range: $44.43 to $62.65

Price To Book: 2.04

Mosaic is forecast to record a slightly lower first-quarter earnings result before the market opens on Tuesday. The consensus estimate is currently $1.15 a share, a drop of 2 cents (1.7%) from $1.17 during the equivalent quarter last year.

The last time Mosaic released earnings was July 17, and the closing price was $58.21. Based on a recent price of $57.68, Mosaic shares are lower by 1% since.

Fourteen out of 19 analysts rate Mosaic a buy or strong buy. The company has five analyst hold recommendations, and not one sell rating can be found. The average analyst target price is $66.56.

The widely followed 60-day moving average is trending the 200-day moving average, very bullish while the shares trade above both. Shares recently tested the 60-day average

Shareholders are now receiving $1 annually in dividends, for a yield of 1.74%. In the last three years, the dividends have steadily increased.

The short interest based on the float is small and not a big concern. Short interest is 2.4%, relatively on par for companies in this space. MOS Revenue ChartMOS Revenue data by YCharts

Stock quotes in this article: ZNGA, OCZ, MOS, MON, FB, YHOO 

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