Top Materials Stocks of 2012: Agrium (No. 4)

Shares of Agrium are up 48.65% year to date. The company is the largest agricultural retailer in the world, with 1,250 stores, and competes with some of the companies with the largest market capitalization in this space, such as CF Industries , PotashCorp , and Mosaic . In this video, Motley Fool materials analyst Taylor Muckerman tells us what advantages Agrium has over its competition, and how it is benefiting from the current imbalance in supply and demand.

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Joel South has no positions in the stocks mentioned above. Taylor Muckerman has no positions in the stocks mentioned above. The Motley Fool owns shares of CF Industries Holdings. Motley Fool newsletter services recommend Monsanto Company. 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 Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.

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