Monsanto (MON) - Daily Digest

Posted on 11/13/2012 by Peter Mankowitz

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NEW YORK (AVAFIN) -- During the last trading session, a new 90-day call record for traded contracts was established. There were 4.8 calls traded for every put contract yielding a 0.21 put/call ratio.

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With the use of Monsanto's traits prevalent, both weeds and insects could develop resistance to the firm's weed and bug killing traits over time, as highlighted by a recent study released on corn rootworm resistance in Iowa. Additionaly, Increased generic glyphosate competition likely means Roundup profits have seen their peak.

Shares of Monsanto edged down $0.41 (0.48%) to $85.19. The price of the stock ranged between a low of $84.32 and $86.46 respectively. The trading volume of 3M is above the 90 day average volume of 2M shares. MON is trading below the 50 day moving average. The stock's 52 week low is $67.09 and 52 week high is $91.95. Within the last quarter, the shares have lost -0.90% of their value. The stock has a P/E ratio of 22.58 and a dividend yield of 1.05%.

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