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 1.2%. By the end of trading, Monsanto Company rose $2.01 (1.8%) to $111.91 on average volume. Throughout the day, 2,986,419 shares of Monsanto Company exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2,753,600 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $109.92-$112.01 after having opened the day at $110.63 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $109.90. Other companies within the Chemicals industry that increased today were: American Pacific Corporation ( APFC), up 8.7%, REX American Resources ( REX), up 6.6%, OCI Partners ( OCIP), up 5.5% and Rentech ( RTK), up 5.1%.

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 $58.1 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 24.1, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 16.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 11 analysts that rate Monsanto Company a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 3 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, increase in stock price during the past year and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

On the negative front, Synthesis Energy Sys ( SYMX), down 4.1%, Gevo ( GEVO), down 2.7%, Sociedad Quimica Y Minera De Chile ( SQM), down 2.2% and Mosaic ( MOS), down 1.9% , were all laggards within the chemicals industry with Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan ( POT) 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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