• China, Pigs, and Water: The Unlikely Combination

    By Hyuncha Cho - September 3, 2013 | Tickers: MON, SFD, SOYB

    I know it’s fun and perhaps even fascinating to talk about the Syria oil crisis. But to me, there may be an even bigger crisis lurking underneath the fastest growing economy. China has expanded relentlessly, and as a result, the cost to the environment has been devastating. So, not so surprisingly, the Chinese government has come up with a 180 billion dollar plan, in order to tackle the issue more »

  • A MONster of an Opportunity

    By Joseph Solitro - August 15, 2013 | Tickers: MON, SYT

    While the market sits near all-time highs, looking for a fresh investment opportunity is not an easy task. It's rarely smart to buy a stock at its 52-week high, so instead, we must search for the names who have pulled back. The global powerhouse Monsanto (NYSE: MON) has declined 11% over the last three months and has the appearance of an incredible value play. Let's dig deeper and more »

  • Profiting from Farming

    By Declan Fallon - August 15, 2013 | Tickers: ARG, MON, POT, DOW

    Weak economies often leads to a boost in rural industries as former workers look for more affordable living and better quality of life outside of the suburbs. The sharp rise in the number of farmers markets around the country reflects an increased demand for locally sourced produce, and a source of revenue and opportunity for smaller farms, often excluded from the traditional supply chain of larger supermarkets served by industrial more »

  • Investing In Agriculture Gives ‘Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is’ A Whole New Meaning

    By Awais Malik - August 13, 2013 | Tickers: DD, MON, DOW

    Unlike last year, 2013 is bringing much needed good news for the agriculture sector. After enduring a drought ridden summer of 2012, crop production looks healthier this year. Corn production is forecasted to be at 13.8 billion bushels, up 28% in 2012 while Soybean follows in close behind at 8%. A steady climb in U.S. farm income has increased demand for biotech seeds and pesticides which has triggered more »

  • This Company Loves You! Should You Love It Back?

    By AnnaLisa Kraft - August 12, 2013 | Tickers: DD, MON, SYT

    In response to a CNBC Squawk Box question about billionaire investor Nelson Peltz's new big stake in the company, DuPont (NYSE: DD) CEO Ellen Kullman riposted, "We love all our investors!"

    Although Peltz hasn't confirmed his stake in the company CNBC's Andrew Ross Sorkin said he had confirmed with sources that Peltz was continuing to buy a large stake in the chemicals giant. Peltz, head of Trian more »

  • How to Trade Agriculture Stocks Now

    By Ash Sharma - August 5, 2013 | Tickers: AGU, MON, POT, MOS

    A recent announcement by Russian potash producer Uralkali that it is exiting from Belarusian Potash Company, or BPC, joint venture has caused a significant correction in fertilizer stocks across the globe. Uralkali is the world's largest potash supplier with ~10.5 mt estimated sales for 2013. Until now, potash exports were dominated by Eastern European and North American companies, and their export joint ventures BPC and Canpotex were main more »

  • Bain Capital’s Hedge Fund Bet On These Stocks

    By Meena Krishnamsetty - August 1, 2013 | Tickers: MON, PPG, ULTA

    In late July, Brookside Capital, which serves as a long/short equity hedge fund within the larger Bain Capital asset management organization, filed its 13F for the second quarter of 2013 with the SEC. This filing discloses many of the fund’s long equity positions in U.S. stocks as of the end of June.

    Insider Monkey tracks 13Fs, both as part of our work researching investment strategies (for example more »

  • Focusing on Daily Bread for Farmers and Investors

    By Michael Ugulini - August 1, 2013 | Tickers: DD, MON, MOS

    Global concerns about sustainable agriculture that can consistently feed a hungry world show no signs of abating. The need for more productive farming to meet increasing worldwide demand is evident. What major companies are addressing these issues?  

    DuPont's (NYSE: DD) agriculture division is focusing on products that promote higher crop yields and more nourishing foods.

    Reading the signs of the times 

    Becoming more of a high-tech science-based organization, DuPont more »

  • Will People's Hunger for Food Satisfy Your Hunger for Good Investments?

    By Paul Sangrey - August 1, 2013 | Tickers: AGRO, DE, MON, MOS

    The world's population will grow by about 2 billion people by 2050, according to the UN. Furthermore, as incomes rise, we'll see a rise in demand for food, as more people can afford both adequate nutrition, and more and nicer food than they actually need. With a major secular trend like this, the question automatically becomes: How can you as an investor ride the wave of increasing demand more »

  • Which Chemical Giant Can Make You Really Rich?

    By Marina Avilkina - July 2, 2013 | Tickers: DD, MON, DOW

    Chemical giants DuPont (NYSE: DD) and Dow Chemical (NYSE: DOW) are witnessing a transition in the sources of their revenue. That is why DuPont and Dow Chemical bet on agriculture to fuel their billion-dollar companies. While assessing their entry into the agricultural sector, I will also be keeping Monsanto (NYSE: MON) in the picture to provide a benchmark for the standings of both peers in the agricultural industry. With production more »

  • Why Biotechnology Is Set to Bloom and Boom

    By Colin Tweel - June 27, 2013 | Tickers: GPRE, MON

    The biotech sector has been growing rapidly in recent months; the NASDAQ biotech index is up 45% since a year ago, and the Arca biotech index is up 35% over the same time frame. Biotech companies solve some of the world's most pressing problems, including exploding food and energy demand. Several companies are poised to turn this demand into profit -- and offer investors excellent opportunities.

    The World's Most more »

  • 3 Fertilizer Companies Favoring Expansion

    By Shweta Dubey - June 27, 2013 | Tickers: DD, MON, POT, MOS

    Editor's Note: This article has been amended to more accurately reflect the details of Potash Corp's dividend and future plans. Motley Fool apologizes for the errors.

    The world population is expected to increase from 7 billion in 2012 to about 7.2 billion in 2014. With the increase in population, the global demand for agricultural products is on the rise. To increase the quantity of the agricultural produce more »

  • Bet the Farm With These Companies

    By Mark Yagalla - June 26, 2013 | Tickers: DE, MON, MOS

    Investors should always look at the big picture and have a long-term time horizon. The reality is that people need to eat. With that comes the need for more food and better farming technology.

    Investors George Soros and Jim Rogers have been big fans of owning farmland and farming-related stocks. As investors look ahead, here are three stocks that will benefit from the agricultural boom.

    You need a tractor to more »

  • This MLP Offers Almost Double-Digit Yield

    By Nur Tarkak - June 17, 2013 | Tickers: AGU, MON, POT, TNH

    Terra Nitrogen (NYSE: TNH) is one of the least known master limited partnerships in the market. Terra Nitrogen Company looks attractive at 9.32% yield with an annualized dividend of a whopping $18.72 per share. The current yield definitely outperforms the 10-year and 20-year US Treasury rates at 2.19% and 2.99%, respectively. This is also higher than the 10-year and 30-year US Municipal bond rates at 2 more »

  • Why Headline Risk is Bad for This Stock

    By AnnaLisa Kraft - June 17, 2013 | Tickers: DE, MON, WFM

    "The rich will eat organic and the poor will eat poison," went one comment in reply to a story quoting New York Times food columnist Mark Bittman that labeling genetically modified foods isn't a"radical, communist plot."

    It used to be the Food section of a newspaper was for homey recipes. Now, it's full of food politics stories from the front page.

    Big deal over a little label more »

  • Can a Killing Be Made From These Pest Killers?

    By Arturo Cuevas - June 12, 2013 | Tickers: AVD, MON, ROL

    Pests that threaten both crops and humans have always been a bane for mankind. Investing in equities tied with pest control hence can be as rewarding as the benefits they bring in terms of improved agricultural productivity and the protection they provide to populations’ well-being.

    One such probable choice is American Vanguard (NYSE: AVD), a company with a diversified interest in specialty and agricultural products for the crop protection, turf more »

  • Lots of Potential, Both Positive And Negative

    By Matthew Frankel - June 12, 2013 | Tickers: MON, POT, SYT

    Generally speaking, I believe that uncertainties in the market are one of the best creators of investment opportunities. For example, the market was uncertain of the effects of Green Mountain Coffee’s K-Cup patents expiring, and this allowed investors to scoop up shares for around $17, or 78% less than the current price, just months later. Another example of this is Monsanto (NYSE: MON) who are being hit by a more »

  • Why You Should Invest in the Leaders of the Agriculture Industry

    By Damian Illia - June 11, 2013 | Tickers: IPI, MON, SYT

    World population growth is putting an ever increasing stress on food producers. The situation is aggravated by irregular rain patterns and soil degradation. In order to meet the rising demand, since the 1960’s, farmers have turned to genetically modified seeds, pesticides, and nutrients. Hence, Monsanto (NYSE: MON), Intrepid Potash (NYSE: IPI), and Syngenta (NYSE: SYT) serve a meaningful purpose for the society.

    Protect investment

    Earlier, granddad visited the farm more »

  • Monsanto's Growing Yields

    By John Miller - June 11, 2013 | Tickers: DD, MON, POT, DOW

    Monsanto (NYSE: MON) exemplifies the increasing population, expanding food demand, and growing food production story. The company’s main segment, corn seed, continues to capitalize on this megatrend by providing higher yielding hybrids to farmers. Growth in their soybean platforms, while flat recently, will rise through increased licensing and the introduction of new higher yielding products. Additionally, the company’s strong balance sheet provides stability, opportunities for reinvestment, and growing more »

  • 3 Businesses We Can’t Live Without and 2 You Should Own

    By Ken McGaha - June 6, 2013 | Tickers: DD, MON, SYT

    Everyone must eat to survive. As the population grows and development increases, there is less land to cultivate the rising amount of food required to feed the population. Investors who act now have the opportunity to acquire food production companies at prices roughly equal to the average valuation of the broad market. Fill your plates with these stocks.

    A global industry dominated by three businesses

    While there are a plethora more »

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