Monsanto Company (MON): Today's Featured Chemicals Loser

The chemicals industry closed the day down 0.2%. BioFuel Energy Corporation ( BIOF), KMG Chemicals Inc ( KMGB), Metabolix Inc ( MBLX), and Lightbridge ( LTBR) were all decliners today within the chemicals industry with Monsanto Company ( MON) being today's featured chemicals loser. Monsanto Company fell 46 cents (-0.6%) to $73.18 on average volume. Throughout the day, 5.2 million shares of Monsanto Company exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.4 million shares.

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. Monsanto Company has a market cap of $39.4 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 24.9, equal to the average chemicals industry P/E ratio and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 5.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Monsanto as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its impressive record of earnings per share growth, revenue growth and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that we feel that the company's cash flow from its operations has been weak overall.

On the positive front, Pure Bioscience Inc ( PURE), Gushan Environmental Energy ( GU), Clean Diesel Technologies Inc ( CDTI), and China Green Agriculture Inc ( CGA) were all gainers within the chemicals industry with CF Industries Holdings Inc ( CF) being today's featured chemicals industry winner.

For investors not wanting singular stock exposure, ETFs may be of interest. Investors who are bullish on the chemicals industry could consider Materials Select Sector SPDR ( XLB) while those bearish on the chemicals industry could consider ProShares Short Basic Materials Fd ( SBM).

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