Recent insider trends for The Mosaic Company (NYSE:MOS) have caught the attention of investors. Insider data is useful because it can reveal what a company’s executives and largest shareholders feel about a stock. In this case, the data has some interesting things to say about how MOS might perform in the future.
Institutions own 70.18% of The Mosaic Company (MOS)’s shares. The total value of these holdings, in millions, is $7,005. Among active positions in the latest quarter, 245 holders increased their positions by a total of 23.03 million shares, 208 holders decreased the positions by a total of 23.29 million shares, and 72 holders held their positions. This works out to a net decrease in ownership of 258654 shares, and suggests that institutions are feeling bearish about the stock.
Among new and sold out positions, 48 holders initiated new positions by a total of 4.97 million shares and 47 holders exited their positions by a total of 1.74 million shares. This nets out to an increase of 3.23 million shares and is a bullish sign for MOS.
Insider ownership increased by a total of 0 shares, which suggests that MOS’s key executives are feeling more optimistic about the outlook for the stock. The data from the past twelve months tells a similar story: insiders executed 21 buys and 17 sells, and ownership increased by a net of 109871 shares.
Short interest is another tool that analysts use to gauge investor sentiment. It represents the number of a stock’s shares that are being shorted by investors. The Mosaic Company (NYSE:MOS)’s short interest is 15.22 million shares, or 4.35% of the float. This represents an increase of 3% in the number of shares being shorted compared to the previous reading, and implies that investors felt more pessimistic about the stock during the past two weeks.
Supplementing insider data with technical indicators can help an investor form a more complete view on the outlook for a stock. A composite of 13 technical indicators that includes measures such as moving averages and momentum oscillators suggests that MOS is a Strong buy, which implies that MOS is expected to outperform the market based on prior trading patterns.
Institutional ownership trends suggest that the stock is cheap and the insider trading data indicates that insiders are bullish. Technical indicators (also) suggest that The Mosaic Company (NYSE:MOS) is undervalued.