4-Star Stocks Poised to Pop: Monsanto

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Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, seed giant Monsanto (NYS: MON) has earned a respected four-star ranking.

With that in mind, let's take a closer look at Monsanto's business and see what CAPS investors are saying about the stock right now.

Monsanto facts

Headquarters (founded)St. Louis (2000)
Market Cap$41 billion
IndustryAgricultural chemicals
Trailing-12-Month Revenue$13 billion
ManagementChairman/CEO Hugh Grant
CFO Pierre Courduroux
Return on Equity (average, past 3 years)13.9%
Cash/Debt$3.4 billion / $2.2 billion
Dividend Yield1.5%
Competitors

Sources: S&P Capital IQ and Motley Fool CAPS.

On CAPS, 96% of the 2,983 members who have rated Monsanto believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward.  

Earlier this month, one of those Fools, Jonnyyuma, brought Monsanto's global growth prospects to our community's attention:

I am confident that Monsanto will grow their share in more countries worldwide than just the US. They have entered the wheat market and promise to bring technology to a technology starving crop. Vegetables is a crop that I don't think they have figured out yet, but the growth potential is huge there as Monsanto's global share is relatively small. It appears that they have a better strategy on India and China, relative to a few years ago.

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At the time this article was published Fool contributor Brian Pacampara owns no position in any of the companies mentioned. Motley Fool newsletter services have recommended creating a modified stock repair against synthetic long position in Monsanto and buying shares of Syngenta. Try any of our Foolish newsletter services free for 30 days.We Fools may not all hold the same opinions, but we all believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. The Fool's disclosure policy always gets a perfect score.

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