What are Agriculture Stocks?
The agriculture stock sector is made up of a diverse group of individual stocks. These stocks are primarily involved in fertilizers, feed products, food products, seeds, genetically modified seeds, and chemical products. The agriculture sector has been one of the leading and growing sectors in the stock market for the past 20 years. Below is a list of the most active and frequently traded agriculture stocks in the world:
• Potash Corp. of Saskatchewan, Inc. (NYSE:POT)
• Monsanto Co. (NYSE:MON)
• Agrium Inc. (NYSE:AGU)
• Mosaic Company (NYSE:MOS)
• CF Industries Holdings Inc. (NYSE:CF)
• Intrepid Potash, Inc. (NYSE:IPI)
• Syngenta AG (NYSE:SYT)
• Archer Daniels Midland Company (NYSE:ADM)
• Market Vectors Agribusiness ETF (NYSE:MOO)
There are a few important characteristics to know when trading many of the leading agriculture stocks. These stocks often have a tendency to trade much like commodity stocks, therefore, the agriculture stocks are usually effected by the strength in the U.S. Dollar. If and when the U.S. Dollar declines these leading agriculture stocks will often trade higher. In the past 10 years, the U.S. Dollar Index has declined by nearly 40.0 percent and the trend in the agriculture stocks has been higher since that time. The opposite effect will often occur when the U.S. Dollar is strong, the agriculture stocks will generally come under selling pressure.
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