The agriculture behemoth reported quarterly earnings Tuesday morning that blew past analysts' estimates, helped by growth from its Latin American corn business and early momentum in the United States.
Monsanto's stock rocketed more than 4% higher, nearly breaching the $100 mark -- a level not touched since 2008!
Shares pulled back a bit as the day wore on, which may partly be due to the company's guidance. While Monsanto upped its outlook, the numbers were still a little shy of what analysts are hoping for.
"We've achieved a successful start to the year, with contributions from multiple areas that speaks to the strength of our global business," said Monsanto CEO Hugh Grant.
Last year, the Midwestern United States faced its worst drought in 56 years, hurting crops and sending corn prices surging to record highs. At the same time, Monsanto said it was seeing strong U.S. orders in the latest quarter.
Corn is a big part of Monsanto's growth, with fiscal third quarter sales of corn seeds and traits rising 27% to $1.1 billion.
StockTwits popped with traders' comments.
That may be another reason the stock has pulled back from its earlier high. Until the planting (and growing) is underway, investors may not want to count their kernels before they're popped.
Truer words were never spoken.
Investors are a fickle bunch and to quote Jerry Maguire, they want companies to "Show me the money!" So far, it seems like Monsanto is on the right track.
Investors will have to wait until the end of the month to see if fertilizer giant Potash (POT) can jump on the bandwagon.
Tuesday brings the unofficial start to third-quarter earnings season, with aluminum producer Alcoa (AA) and KFC-owner Yum Brands (YUM) reporting after the closing bell.
Alcoa is typically considered the kick-off to earnings since it's the first major Dow (INDU) component to report. It's also considered a bellwether of the economy because of its global reach.
But Yum may actually grab the spotlight because of its large presence in China, where report MORECatherine Tymkiw - Oct 9, 2012 11:55 AM ET
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