Monsanto Co (MON)

MON (NYSE:Chemicals) EQUITY
$107.54
pos +0.14
+0.13%
Today's Range: 107.35 - 108.26 | MON Avg Daily Volume: 3,737,900
Last Update: 08/30/16 - 9:33 AM EDT
Volume: 2,426,569
YTD Performance: 9.16%
Open: $107.86
Previous Close: $107.40
52 Week Range: $81.22 - $114.26
Oustanding Shares: 437,575,535
Market Cap: 46,995,612,459
6-Month Chart
TheStreet Ratings Grade for MON
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A+ A A- B+ B B- C+ C C- D+ D D- E+ E E- F
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Analysts Ratings
Historical Rec Current 1 Mo. Ago 2 Mo. Ago 3 Mo. Ago
Strong Buy 7 7 7 7
Moderate Buy 0 0 0 0
Hold 4 6 6 6
Moderate Sell 0 0 0 0
Strong Sell 0 0 0 0
Mean Rec. 1.73 1.92 1.92 1.92
Latest Dividend: 0.54
Latest Dividend Yield: 2.01%
Dividend Ex-Date: 10/05/16
Price Earnings Ratio: 45.32
Price Earnings Comparisons:
MON Sector Avg. S&P 500
45.32 43.10 12.90
Price Performance History (%Change):
3 Mo 1 Yr 3 Y
-1.78% 9.31% 10.58%
GROWTH 12 Mo 3 Yr CAGR
Revenue -5.40 0.10 0.04
Net Income -15.80 0.10 0.03
EPS -7.90 0.30 0.08
Earnings for MON:
EBITDA 4.63B
Revenue 15.00B
Average Earnings Estimates
Qtr (08/16) Qtr (11/16) FY (08/16) FY (08/17)
Average Estimate $-0.02 $0.10 $4.44 $4.90
Number of Analysts 5 1 6 6
High Estimate $0.03 $0.10 $4.46 $5.00
Low Estimate $-0.08 $0.10 $4.40 $4.65
Prior Year $-0.19 $-0.11 $5.73 $4.44
Growth Rate (Year over Year) 89.47% 190.91% -22.48% 10.28%
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U.S. futures were rising across the board on Tuesday while crude prices experienced a decline.

My Takeaways and Observations Real Money Pro($)

The U.S. dollar weakened. The price of crude oil rose again by more than $1 to $44.53. Gold fell by $9 to $1,341. Agricultural commodities were volatile: wheat +6, corn +2, soybean -1 and oats -1. Lumber +1.50 after yesterday's sharp fall. Bonds reversed yesterday's losses, and I lost on my short bond trade/investment! Yields on the 10-year and long bond fell by five basis points. iShares 20+ Year Treasury Bond ETF (TLT) gained more than a beaner. The 2s/10s spread flattened a bit to nearly 80 basis points. Municipals were well-bid, and closed-end muni funds were better. Junk bonds were up modestly. Banks had a second weak day in a row. Insurers and brokerages also were lower as yields fell. Energy stocks rallied. Auto stocks were lower. Ag equipment faded. Retail continued to sparkle, led by Nordstrom (JWN) (small short), Target (TGT) and Foot Locker (FL) (small short). Old tech was moribund. Biotech flat lined. Media was conspicuously lower. Staples were non-descript. Is (T)FANG getting tired? In individual stocks, my long fav DuPont (DD) was down nearly 2% on a European Union "in depth" review of the planned DuPont/Dow (DOW) merger, which could also jeopardize Bayer's quest for Monsanto (MON) . Sanford Bernstein is concerned. Here are some value-added contributions on our site today: Jim "El Capitan" Cramer, like Chauncey Gardiner, is watching. And he also opines on Twitter's "point of intent."  Mark "Summer in the City" Sebastain on volatility.  Eric Jackson on comparing Amazon AMZN (then) to Tesla TSLA (now). Strong analysis!  Guy Ortmann on valuations.  Tom Graff on retail sales and the Fed.  Enjoy the weekend!

Today's Good, Bad and Ugly Real Money Pro($)

Biotech is dancing off of the stock screen, especially the more speculative merchandise. In large cap bio, Celgene (CELG) remains an upside standout. I don't have a dog in the hunt. Apple (AAPL) is still recovering from the earnings report date last week. I will give the stock some leeway before adding to my short. Walmart (WMT) is the world's fair. Amazon's (AMZN) streak is intact, as is Alphabet's (GOOGL) . This is contributing to continued strength of QQQs over SSSs. Twitter (TWTR) -- arguably the world's most hated stock these days -- continues to climb, albeit slowly. I have recently added post-earnings. My favorite large-cap, DuPont (DD) , holds up well and seems to have a mission to reach $70. I will have an update in the next few days. The Bad Bonds are the day's lows. I continue to see a generational bottom in yields, as noted a few weeks ago when the 10-year U.S. note yield breached 1.35%. Energy stocks are finally catching up to the drop in crude oil prices. I don't find en
Aetna and Humana each traded down sharply as antitrust hurdles may block $34 billion merger.
JPMorgan leads the way for Wall Street banks' earnings while the Bank of England decides to leave U.K. interest rates unchanged.
If you've reduced some exposure and raised a little cash, relax.
Looking to short the stock at around $110.

My Takeaways and Observations Real Money Pro($)

The U.S. dollar weakened today. Crude oil dropped two bits to $48.85. Gold was up $10.50 to $1,287, making an assault back at the $1,300 resistance area. Agricultural commodities: wheat -3, corn +7, soybean flat and oats +3.50. Lumber -3.50. Bonds rallied for another day. iShares 20+ Year Treasury Bond ETF (TLT) was up 40 cents. The yield on the 10-year U.S. note dropped by two basis points to a record low 1.61%. The long bond dropped by one basis point to 2.44%. The 2s/10s spread was flat at 91 basis points. Municipals rose and closed-end municipal bond funds continued to rise. High-yield bonds were hit. Blackstone/GSO Strategic Credit Fund (BGB) fell by eight cents. Banks slipped and continue to show signs of rolling over. Financial Select Sector SPDR ETF (XLF) was down 0.5%. I have been adding to the short. Insurance was mixed, but my only long, Hartford Financial Services Group (HIG), climbed by 50 cents.   Brokerages continue to underperform. Retail was mixed to lower. My short, Nordstrom (JWN), was a standout to the downside, off $1.10. Old tech was lower, led by IBM (IBM). Autos also were exhibiting signs of rolling over. Biotech continues its recent weakness, with iShares Nasdaq Biotechnology ETF (IBB) down 1%. Allergan (AGN) was up almost $3, but most others were lower. I have no interest in bottom fishing and the technical recovery mentioned by some appears to be not so much. Agricultural equipment was lower led by short Caterpillar (CAT). Media was mixed, though Disney (DIS) was stronger. Staples were weaker despite a lower U.S. currency -- my fav large-cap short Coca-Cola (KO) was down 45 cents. Energy stocks were mixed, with Exxon Mobil (XOM) up and Schlumberger (SLB) down. TFANG was quiet, though Facebook (FB) was down $3 on a Citron Research negative report. In selected individual securities, Monsanto (MON) and The Mighty Oak -- aka Oaktree Capital Group (OAK) -- were noticeably weaker. Alibaba (BABA) broke bad. My long fav DuPont (DD) was down by nearly a beaner. Country shorts iShares China Large-Cap (FXI) and iShares MSCI United Kingdom (EWU) were lower, going the right way for the manner in which I am positioned. Sector shorts Consumer Staples Select Sector SPDR (XLP) and Material Select Sector SPDR (XLB) - also are going in the right direction. Here are some valuable contributions on our site today: Jim "El Capitan" Cramer on natural gas elbowing out coal.  Ben "Goldfinger" Cross on a possible breakout in the precious metal.  Tim Melvin on three bank stocks to avoid.  James Passeri on Valeant (VRX) and Walgreens (WBA).  Robert "Not Rita" Moreno on a Facebook short. 

My Takeaways and Observations Real Money Pro($)

The U.S. dollar was slightly weaker. Crude oil was up 40 cents to over $50. Gold is unchanged. Agricultural commodities are mixed today after sharp gains: wheat +2, corn -0.50, soybean +2.50 and oats +2.25. Lumber is down $6.50. iShares 20+ Year Treasury Bond ETF (TLT) is up 55 cents. The yield on the 10-year U.S. note and long bond are down a basis point. The 2s/10s spread is unchanged at 94 basis points. Municipals were bid and higher. Closed-end municipal bonds were mixed. High yield was stronger, again. iShares iBoxx High-Yield Corporate Bond ETF (HYG) was up 40 cents and SPDR Barclays High Yield Bond ETF (JNK) was up 15 cents. Blackstone/GSO Strategic Credit Fund's (BGB) streak came to a temporary halt, down a nickel. Banks were mixed with little price change. Insurance stocks were fractionally better, with my long Hartford Financial Services Group (HIG) rallying 35 cents. However, brokerages were hit with some profit-taking. Retail was broadly higher. My short Nordstrom (JWN) was up 80 cents. Remodeling came back from recent drops. Consumer staples were mixed. Kellogg (K) was an upside standout, based on vague rumors that Coca-Cola (KO) is interested in the company. I have no clue.  Energy stocks are on a magnificent streak -- still, following higher crude oil prices. Autos strengthened, with 25-cent gains for Ford (F) and General Motors (GM). Old tech showed nothing. Old media flat-lined. Biotech, which I sold out of and observed the media's love affair with after gains in the space, was conspicuously to the downside. VRX lower and so was most of the sector. iShares Nasdaq Biotechnology ETF (IBB) was  down $6, or 2.2%. Agricultural equipment was unchanged. (T)FANG was lower save Telsa (TSLA) due to the Ron Baron Bounce! NOSH's tasty bits included O'Reilly Automotive (ORLY) and Home Depot (HD). In individual stocks, Potash (POT) continues higher, Oaktree Capital Group (OAK) saw a second nice advance in a row, Monsanto (MON) looks like it might be rolling over (but it's a newsy stock), DuPont (DD) is a monster, and Apple (AAPL), my Trade of the Week, was up again today. I am about to short more. Here are some good, value-added commentary on our site: Jim "El Capitan" Cramer looks toward the skies.  Tom Graff looks at the gloomy domestic economy.  Melvin, millennials and homes.   Rev Shark on portfolio positioning.  Muhammad Ali rubbed off on "Diamond" James Gentile.  Or maybe it was Randy Newman's "short people." 
Just about everyone I know is now long Monsanto (MON).

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