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

Monsanto Company ( MON) pushed the Chemicals industry lower today making it today's featured Chemicals laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day down 1.1%. By the end of trading, Monsanto Company fell $1.69 (-1.6%) to $101.58 on average volume. Throughout the day, 2,719,897 shares of Monsanto Company exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2,714,100 shares. The stock ranged in price between $101.40-$103.50 after having opened the day at $103.37 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $103.27. Other companies within the Chemicals industry that declined today were: Axiall ( AXLL), down 21.8%, Methes Energies International ( MEIL), down 11.3%, Koppers Holdings ( KOP), down 7.9% and Flexible Solutions International ( FSI), down 6.3%.

Monsanto Company, together with its subsidiaries, provides agricultural products for farmers worldwide. It operates in two segments, Seeds and Genomics, and Agricultural Productivity. Monsanto Company has a market cap of $54.9 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are up 9.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 11 analysts that rate Monsanto Company a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 4 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, increase in stock price during the past year, notable return on equity and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

On the positive front, Solazyme ( SZYM), up 3.3%, Green Plains Renewable Energy ( GPRE), up 3.3%, Penford Corporation ( PENX), up 2.6% and Yongye International ( YONG), up 1.7%.

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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