UBS Maintains a 'Neutral' on Monsanto (MON); Highlights From Corn Belt Seed Conference

February 17, 2012 2:31 PM EST
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UBS maintains a 'Neutral' on Monsanto (NYSE: MON) price target raised from $72 to $80.

UBS analyst says, "CRW (corn root worm) resistance highlighted: In attending the Corn Belt Seed Conference in Indiana last week, Purdue University entomologists discussed CRW resistance to Cry3Bb1. Interpreting their presentation, resistance is not a major issue today, but it is not going away and it is something that must be more effectively managed."

"Based on our informal survey of conference attendees, it appears seed suppliers are trimming discounts this year because of the continued strong farm economy, and on the margin, seed availability. Consequently, we believe price realizations will be greater than most investors expect, leading to more EPS surprises in F12. We remain at $3.60 and expect MON to beat consensus of $3.50."

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Shares of Monsanto closed at $79.01 yesterday.

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