Based on the aggregated intelligence of 160,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, seed giant Monsanto (NYSE: 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

$38.8 billion


Fertilizers and agricultural chemicals

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$10.8 billion


Chairman/CEO Hugh Grant
CFO Carl Casale

Trailing-12-Month Return on Assets



$471 million / $2 billion

Dividend Yield



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

On CAPS, 96.5% of the 658 All-Star members who have rated Monsanto believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include IsleGirl2010 and dswinters, both of whom are ranked in the top 10% of our community.

Just last week, IsleGirl2010 touched on the tailwinds working in Monsanto's favor:

We all need to eat and supplies are getting limited as population grows, land become scarce and ethanol production. Science steps in but people are still squeamish. Good investors love that because it allows them to get in at max value and low cost.

In a pitch from last month, dswinters also helped fertilize the bull case:

Macro stats are just too large to ignore. Growing population has to eat. They also have to eat for cheap. Monsanto has products that have the capability of feeding lots of people for a relatively "low" cost. Calories are needed to live and they have the ability to price their products at a relative premium due to the technology. In addition, they dumped most of their "bad" assets to Solutia and are a new company.

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Fool contributor Brian Pacampara owns no position in any of the companies mentioned. Monsanto is a Motley Fool Inside Value pick. The Fool's disclosure policy always gets a perfect score.