Are FMC’s Biggest Shareholders Feeling More Confident About Future Growth?

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After five and a half months of trading action in 2012, FMC Corp.’s (NYSE:FMC) shares are up 17.48 percent. On Thursday, the company announced the acquisition of U.K-based Phytone Ltd., a natural colors producer. The financial details were not undisclosed.

FMC said with Phytone, it is part of its continuous plan to broaden the company’s new natural colors product lineup, according to Bloomberg and that it sees this market exceeding $1 billion by 2015.

With the Phytone acquisition and its opportunity to broaden its reach in the natural colors market, will FMC Corp.’s largest shareholders increase their holdings? 390 institutional firms indicated owning shares of FMC Corp. (NYSE:FMC) in Q1 2012. These firms reported owning a total of 62.168 million shares on 03/31/2012. The shares closed at $52.93 on 03/31/2012.

Here are the ten largest positions in FMC Corp. at the end of March 31st, 2012.

Capital World Investors held 8,555,000 shares on 03/31/2012 worth $905,632,305. This brought the portfolio total to 0.32%.

Vanguard Group Inc held 4,075,880 shares on 03/31/2012 worth $431,472,659. This brought the portfolio total to 0.06%.

FMR LLC held 3,590,706 shares on 03/31/2012 worth $380,112,139. This brought the portfolio total to 0.07%.

State Street Corp held 2,625,497 shares on 03/31/2012 worth $277,935,114. This brought the portfolio total to 0.04%.

RS Investment Management Co LLC held 2,280,758 shares on 03/31/2012 worth $241,441,043. This brought the portfolio total to 2.19%.

Blackrock Advisors LLC held 2,176,843 shares on 03/31/2012 worth $230,440,601. This brought the portfolio total to 0.23%.

Ubs global Asset Management Americas Inc held 1,922,406 shares on 03/31/2012 worth $203,505,900. This brought the portfolio total to 0.29%.

Blackrock Institutional Trust Company N.A. held 1,777,232 shares on 03/31/2012 worth $188,137,781. This brought the portfolio total to 0.04%.

Wellington Management Co LLP held 1,672,860 shares on 03/31/2012 worth $177,088,961. This brought the portfolio total to 0.06%.

JPMorgan Chase & Co held 1,595,886 shares on 03/31/2012 worth $168,940,493. This brought the portfolio total to 0.07%.

About the company: FMC Corporation produces diverse chemical solutions, applications, and products. The Company’s principal business segments are industrial chemicals, specialty chemicals, and agricultural products.

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