The Case for and Against The Mosaic Company (MOS)

The Mosaic Company (MOS) is an interesting player in the Basic Materials space, with a focus on Agricultural Chemicals. The stock has been active on the tape, currently trading at $25.72, up from yesterday’s close by 2.02%. Given the stock’s recent action, it seemed like a good time to take a closer look at the company’s recent data.

Fundamental Analysis

The Mosaic Company (MOS) currently trades with a market capitalization of $8.95 Billion. That value represents a market adjusting for revenues that have been growing by 1.67 % on a quarterly year/year basis as of the company’s last quarterly report.

You can get a sense of how sustainable that is by a levered free cash flow of $46.2 Million over the past twelve months. Generally speaking, earnings are expected to fall in coming quarters. Analysts are forecasting earnings of $0.29 on a per share basis this quarter. Perhaps, that suggests something about why 0.21% of the outstanding share supply is held by institutional investors.



Technical Analysis

Sometimes, we can understand most about a stock by simply looking at how it has been trading. Looking at the stock’s movement on the chart, The Mosaic Company recorded a 52-week high of $34.04. It is now trading 8.32% off that level. The stock is trading $25.63 its 50-day moving average by -0.09%. The stock carved out a 52-week low down at $19.23.

In recent action, The Mosaic Company (MOS) has made a move of +0.70% over the past month, which has come on Strong relative transaction volume. Over the trailing year, the stock is underperforming the S&P 500 by 13.35, and it’s gotten there by action that has been more volatile on a day-to-day basis than most other stocks on the exchange. In terms of the mechanics underlying that movement, traders will want to note that the stock is trading on a float of 4.76% with $316.23 Million sitting short, betting on future declines. That suggests something of the likelihood of a short squeeze in shares of MOS.

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