Monsanto Company ( MON ) has announced an ex-dividend date of January 02, 2013 and a cash dividend payment of $0.375 per share scheduled for January 25, 2013. Shareholders who purchased MON stock prior to the ex-dividend date are eligible for the cash dividend payment. This represents an 25% increase over the same period a year ago.
The previous trading day's last sale of MON was $93.99, representing a -0.47% decrease from the 52 week high of $94.43 and a 35.75% increase over the 52 week low of $69.24.
MON is a part of the Basic Industries sector, which includes companies such as Syngenta AG ( SYT ) and Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan Inc. ( POT ). MON's current earnings per share, an indicator of a company's profitability, is $3.79. Zacks Investment Research reports MON's forecasted earnings growth in 2013 as 18.48%, compared to an industry average of -3.9%.
For more information on the declaration, record and payment dates, visit the MON Dividend History page.
Interested in gaining exposure to MON through an Exchange Traded Fund [ETF]?
The following ETF(s) have MON as a top-10 holding:
- Market Vectors Agribusiness ETF ( MOO )
- PowerShares Global Agriculture Portfolio ( PAGG )
- Jefferies TR/J CRB Global Commodity Equity Index Fund ( CRBQ )
- iShares MSCI Agriculture Producers Fund ( VEGI )
- Select Sector SPDR Fund - Basic Industries ( XLB ).
The top-performing ETF of this group is VEGI with an increase of 8.63% over the last 100 days. MOO has the highest percent weighting of MON at 8.37%.
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