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Is this Large Market Cap Stock target price reasonable for Monsanto Company (NYSE:MON)?

The company in question is, Monsanto Company (NYSE:MON) currently with a stock price of 103.82 (-0.40% today). The market cap for Monsanto Company is 45898.72, and is in the sector Basic Materials, and Agricultural Chemicals industry. The target price for Monsanto Company is 112.71. Currently Monsanto Company is trading with a P/E of 43.85, and a forward P/E of 20.91. Average volume for Monsanto Company is 4484.28 and so far today it is 1073285.

Performance in the last year for Monsanto Company has been 3.78%. For EPS growth, Monsanto Company has seen a growth of -8.60%, and is looking to grow in the next year to 11.80%. More long term stats show that EPS growth has been 19.10% over the last five years and could be 6.68% for the next five years. Monsanto Company has seen sales growth quarter over quarter at -8.50%, with EPS growth quarter over quarter at -31.90%. The 20-day simple moving average is -1.24%, with the 200-day simple moving average coming to 8.38%.

Since the IPO date for Monsanto Company on the 10/18/2000, Monsanto Company has seen performance year to date to be 7.63%. With Monsanto Company trading at 103.82, the dividend yield is 2.07%, and the EPS is 2.38.

So could Monsanto Company, be undervalued? Well as said before P/E is 43.85. The PEG is 6.57, P/S is 3.45 and the P/B is at 8.92. The P/cash is 35.94, with P/free cash flow at 28.49.

Monsanto Company ability to deal with debt shows that the current ratio is 1.5, and the quick ratio is 0.9. This is with long term debt/equity at 1.56, and total debt/equity at 2.06.

In terms of margins, Monsanto Company has a gross margin of 51.70%, an operating margin of 15.60% and a profit margin of 7.80%.Payout ratio for Monsanto Company is 86.10%. Return on assets come to 5.00% with return on investment coming to 16.60%.

Insider ownership for Monsanto Company, is at 0.20% and institutional ownership comes to 79.90%. Outstanding shares are at 440.36. While shares float is 436.26. The float short is currently 1.01%, and short ratio is 0.98.

Disclaimer: Remember there is a risk to your investment, this is not a recommendation, nor personal advice, never invest more than you are able too loose.

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