NEW YORK (

TheStreet

) --

Monsanto Company

(NYSE:

MON

) hit a new 52-week high Thursday as it is currently trading at $81.64, above its previous 52-week high of $81.43 with 415,491 shares traded as of 10 a.m. ET. Average volume has been 3.9 million shares over the past 30 days.

Monsanto has a market cap of $42.89 billion and is part of the

basic materials

sector and

chemicals

industry. Shares are up 16.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

Monsanto Company, together with its subsidiaries, provides agricultural products for farmers in the United States and internationally. It operates in two segments, Seeds and Genomics, and Agricultural Productivity. The company has a P/E ratio of 25.3, above the average chemicals industry P/E ratio of 25.1 and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7.

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TheStreet Ratings rates Monsanto as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income and good cash flow from operations. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results. You can view the full

Monsanto Ratings Report

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