Based on the aggregated intelligence of 115,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, agricultural-products company Monsanto (NYSE:MON) has earned a respected four-star ranking. Although five-star stocks have been the best performers, our data has shown that four-star stocks still outshine the market by a significant margin and shouldn't be taken lightly; conversely, low-rated stocks have woefully lagged the market average.

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, Mo. (2000)

Market Cap

$64.3 Billion


Agricultural Chemicals

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$11.0 Billion


CEO Hugh Grant (since 2003)
CFO Terrell Crews (since 2000)

Return on Equity (Average, Past Three Years)



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CAPS Members Bullish on MON Also Bullish on:

PotashCorp (NYSE:POT)
Mosaic (NYSE:MOS)

CAPS Members Bearish on MON Also Bearish on:

First Solar (NASDAQ:FSLR)
Research In Motion (NASDAQ:RIMM)

Sources: Capital IQ (a division of Standard & Poor's) and Motley Fool CAPS.

Over on CAPS, 537 of the 570 All-Star members who have rated Monsanto -- some 94% -- believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These Foolish bulls include FRINEDOFFOXY and mammothmoney, both of whom are ranked in the top 20% of our community.

In late June, FRINEDOFFOXY wrote: "Worldwide growth in food needs, especially grains, will continue to demand seed grains which maximize production. MON is dominant in this area."

A pitch two weeks earlier by mammothmoney agrees with that bullish line of thinking, highlighting several of the stock's long-term tailwinds: "Short supply of food worldwide (e.g. using corn for ethanol), the abnormally severe weather worldwide (China, US, Burma), and mismanagement by governments has led to a shortage in grains and corn. Monsanto should see higher growth as countries are scrambling to devote more resources to increasing the dearth in food supplies."

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