Monsanto (NYSE:MON), the world’s largest seed company, reported fourth quarter results on Wednesday. The company narrowed its quarterly loss to $112 million (loss 21 cents per share), compared to $143 million (loss 26 cents per share) in the same period last year. Monsanto has now beaten estimates consecutively for the last four quarters.
Shares sank to $58.89 on Monday, a new low for the year, but closed more than 5% higher on Wednesday due to the up beat results. As the chart shows below, shares are now approaching their 50-day MA, a level that has acted as resistance for the past two months. Will shares be able to breakthrough this time?
Revenue increased 21.2% to $3.59 billion in the third quarter, while Monsanto expects earnings to grow by around 15% for next year. Competitors such as Syngenta (NYSE:SYT) and DuPont (NYSE:DD) also closed higher on the news. Dow Chemical (NYSE:DOW), which also makes herbicides, surged more than 7% Wednesday.
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