Mosaic Co (MOS): Have You Been Keeping An Eye On This Indicator?

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Mosaic Co (NYSE:MOS) shareholders have witnessed a decrease in enthusiasm from smart money lately.

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Consequently, we’re going to take a peek at the key action surrounding Mosaic Co (NYSE:MOS).

Hedge fund activity in Mosaic Co (NYSE:MOS)

At year’s end, a total of 35 of the hedge funds we track were long in this stock, a change of -10% from the third quarter. With hedgies’ positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists a few notable hedge fund managers who were increasing their stakes meaningfully.

When looking at the hedgies we track, SAC Capital Advisors, managed by Steven Cohen, holds the biggest position in Mosaic Co (NYSE:MOS). SAC Capital Advisors has a $121.9 million position in the stock, comprising 0.6% of its 13F portfolio. Coming in second is Sean Cullinan of Point State Capital, with a $61.9 million position; the fund has 0.9% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Remaining hedge funds that are bullish include Phill Gross and Robert Atchinson’s Adage Capital Management, Richard Chilton’s Chilton Investment Company and Malcolm Fairbairn’s Ascend Capital.

Due to the fact that Mosaic Co (NYSE:MOS) has faced declining sentiment from the smart money, it’s safe to say that there exists a select few hedgies who were dropping their full holdings last quarter. At the top of the heap, Michael Kaufman’s MAK Capital One cut the biggest investment of all the hedgies we watch, valued at about $94.9 million in stock.. Michael Karsch’s fund, Karsch Capital Management, also dropped its stock, about $55.1 million worth. These transactions are interesting, as aggregate hedge fund interest was cut by 4 funds last quarter.

Insider trading activity in Mosaic Co (NYSE:MOS)

Insider trading activity, especially when it’s bullish, is best served when the company in question has seen transactions within the past half-year. Over the latest six-month time period, Mosaic Co (NYSE:MOS) has seen 2 unique insiders buying, and zero insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).

Let’s also examine hedge fund and insider activity in other stocks similar to Mosaic Co (NYSE:MOS). These stocks are Monsanto Company (NYSE:MON), CF Industries Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:CF), Agrium Inc. (USA) (NYSE:AGU), Syngenta AG (ADR) (NYSE:SYT), and Potash Corp./Saskatchewan (USA) (NYSE:POT). This group of stocks are the members of the agricultural chemicals industry and their market caps resemble MOS’s market cap.

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