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

Monsanto Company ( MON) pushed the Chemicals industry lower today making it today's featured Chemicals loser. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.7%. By the end of trading, Monsanto Company fell $1.66 (-2.1%) to $76.18 on average volume. Throughout the day, 2.7 million shares of Monsanto Company exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.4 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $75.90-$78 after having opened the day at $77.45 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $77.84. Other company's within the Chemicals industry that declined today were: LyondellBasell Industries ( LYB), down 8.6%, Lizhan Environmental ( LZEN), down 8.5%, Sino Clean Energy ( SCEI), down 6.4%, and Braskem ( BAK), down 3.5%.

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 $41.04 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Currently there are 10 analysts that rate Monsanto Company a buy, one analyst rates it a sell, and seven rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Monsanto Company as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its 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 expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow.

On the positive front, Penford Corporation ( PENX), up 5.2%, TPC Group ( TPCG), up 4.9%, Pure Bioscience ( PURE), up 3.6%, and Yongye International ( YONG), up 3.5%, were all gainers within the chemicals industry with Williams Partners ( WPZ) 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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