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

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Monsanto Company ( MON) pushed the Chemicals industry higher today making it today's featured chemicals winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.8%. By the end of trading, Monsanto Company rose $1.20 (1.2%) to $104.18 on average volume. Throughout the day, 2,976,965 shares of Monsanto Company exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2,939,200 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $102.59-$105.00 after having opened the day at $103.18 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $102.98. Other companies within the Chemicals industry that increased today were: Marrone Bio Innovations ( MBII), up 13.2%, Tronox ( TROX), up 9.1%, Arabian American Development Company ( ARSD), up 7.9% and Intrepid Potash ( IPI), up 6.9%.

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 8.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 12 analysts that rate Monsanto Company a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 2 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, notable return on equity, expanding profit margins and reasonable valuation levels. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

On the negative front, Gulf Resources ( GURE), down 8.1%, Flexible Solutions International ( FSI), down 4.4%, Axiall ( AXLL), down 3.2% and Georgia Gulf ( GGC), down 3.2% , were all laggards within the chemicals industry with Eastman Chemical Company ( EMN) being today's chemicals industry laggard.

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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