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Monsanto Company (NYSE: MON) – Is this large market cap stock undervalued?

Monsanto Company (NYSE: MON), is firmly in the large market cap category with market cap of 45603.86. To be considered a large market cap stock companies have to be valued at more than $10 billion. The current price for Monsanto Company is 103.52 (with a change from open of -0.38%), this in conjunction with a target price of 115.87. Volume today has so far reached 1784419, with an average volume of about 4164.58. The GAP for this stock, is 0.45%.

The P/E ratio is 43.52, bringing the forward P/E to a value of 20.79. The current EPS for Monsanto Company, is 2.38, with a EPS growth for this year coming to a value of -8.60%. Performance has been interesting with performance year to date coming to 6.83%.

Looking further into the growth statistics for Monsanto Company, EPS is looking like it will grow 11.62% in the next year. Looking even further it is projected to be 6.68%. Quarter over quarter is -31.90% for EPS growth and for sales growth quarter over quarter it is -8.50%. Looking at past EPS growth statistics we see that for the past five years it has been 19.10%. Sales growth for the past five years has in fact been 7.40%.

Looking at the ownership, we see that the insider ownership is at 0.20% and institutional ownership is 81.10%. Shares outstanding is 440.83, while shares float is at a value of 436.24. Float short for Monsanto Company is 0.92% and the short ratio is 0.97.

In terms of debt, long term debt/equity is 1.56, while the total debt/equity comes to 2.06. The ability to meet these debts, means that the current ratio is 1.5, and the quick ratio is 0.9. The most recent gross margin is 51.70% and their operating margin is 15.60%. The profit margin is 7.80%.

Monsanto Company has seen returns on assets of 5.00%, and on investment, 16.60%. Return on equity is 20.80%. Price/Earnings to growth ratio is 6.52. Price/Sales ratio is at a value of 3.43, with Price/book ratio coming to 8.85 and Price/cash is 35.71, and finally Price/Free cash Flow is 28.31.

The simple moving averages are -2.07% and 6.54% for 20 day and 200 day simple moving average respectively. For the 52 week high and low the 52 week high is -8.91% and the 52 week low is 30.47%.

Monsanto Company has a dividend yield of 2.09%, with a current price of 103.52. The ability to pay this means the payout ratio is 86.10%. This is in an industry, Agricultural Chemicals, with equally high dividends from other companies in this sector, which it is Basic Materials. Monsanto Company is based in USA.

Performance in the Agricultural Chemicals industry means that Monsanto Company has seen performance for the past week of -3.12%, with performance for the month coming to -0.75%. Looking at the data for the quarter it is at a value of -4.88%, and for the half year the performance is 17.53%. Volatility for this week is 2.06% and for the month this is 1.60%.

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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