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10 Earnings Stocks for First Week of 2012

5. Monsanto (MON - Get Report) is a provider of agricultural products, including seeds, biotechnology trait products and herbicides, to farmers. Monsanto will announce its first-quarter fiscal 2012 results on Jan.5.

Net income for the quarter is estimated at $93.83 million, or 19 cents per share, compared to $6.00 million, or 1 cent per share, in the same quarter prior fiscal, according to analysts polled by Bloomberg. Sales are seen at $2.04 billion, an increase of 12% from $1.83 billion recorded in the first quarter of fiscal 2011.

Gross margins are expected to increase to 48.20% from 44.70% in the same quarter prior year. Operating profit for the period is seen growing 155.3% to $166 million. EBITDA is seen rising 46% to $322 million from $220 million in the same quarter last year.

Of the 23 analysts covering the stock, 57% recommend a buy and 35% rate a hold. Analysts polled by Bloomberg expect the stock to gain an average 14.6% to $80.70 from current levels over the next 12 months.
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