NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- DuPont (DD) - Get Report stock closed lower by 3.20% to $52.99 in Monday's trading session, ahead of the company's 2015 fourth quarter financial results, which are due out before tomorrow's market open.
Analysts are expecting the company to post a year-over-year decline in both earnings and revenue for the quarter amid weak commodity prices. JPMorgan doesn't expect farmers' cash receipts to improve until 2018 at the earliest, according to the Wall Street Journal.
DuPont has been forecast to report earnings of 26 cents per share on revenue of $5.53 billion for the most recent quarter.
Last year, the company posted adjusted earnings of 71 cents per share on revenue of $7.38 billion for the 2014 fourth quarter.
This will be DuPont's first earnings release since announcing last month that it will merge with Dow Chemical (DOW). Investors will look to the earnings report for answers to questions such as whether the companies might still alter the structure of the deal, the Journal reported.
Separately, TheStreet Ratings team rates the stock as a "buy" with a ratings score of B-.
DuPont's strengths such as its largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, notable return on equity and expanding profit margins outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.
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