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The best agriculture stocks depend on your portfolio and investment goals – while volatility can be ideal for day traders, long-term investors in India and around the world will want to look to stocks with steadier gains over time.
8 agriculture stocks to watch
We round up a selection of stocks in or related to the farm industry, weighting the list more heavily towards popular mid- and large-cap US stocks.
- FMC Corporation (FMC)
- CF Industries (CF)
- Archer-Daniels-Midland Company (ADM)
- Deere-and-Company (DE)
- The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company (SMG)
- Corteva (CTVA)
- Beyond Meat (BYND)
- Bunge (BG)
3 tools to help identify new investments
We’ve compiled a list of agriculture stocks to keep an eye on, but the stock market is volatile and trends can change daily.
If you’re actively trading stocks, staying on top of new industry trends and rising stocks can take a lot of time. Here are some of my favourite tools to keep up with trends and get new trading ideas.
- Stock screeners. You can use an online stock screener like Finviz or TradingView to see what stocks are making the biggest moves today and narrow your search by industry and market cap. Screeners are most beneficial for technical traders who have set criteria in mind for their trades. For example, if you’re looking for stocks trending today in the farm industry, you can pull a list of all mid-cap and large-cap stocks for that industry and sort by percent change since opening.
- Newsletters. Some of my favourites include the Motley Fool Stock Advisor and the Alpha Boost and Cherry Picks newsletters published by Tastyworks. Newsletters can be a great way to find companies that may be worth investing in for the long haul.
- Social media. While I’d never make a trade based on a Reddit thread alone, social platforms like Reddit, Twitter and Tiktok can be useful tools for staying on top of what companies people are talking about. The trendiness of a stock can directly influence its price – but those trends can also be volatile. While social media can occasionally help buy-and-hold investors, it tends to be a more practical tool for active traders.
Take a deeper dive into agriculture stocks
If you’re interested in investing in the farm industry, take a closer look at what companies in this industry do and how the stocks have historically performed. Keep in mind that positive past performance doesn’t guarantee that a stock will continue to rise in the future.
1. FMC Corporation (FMC)
FMC Corporation, an agricultural sciences company, provides crop protection, plant health and professional pest and turf management products. It develops, markets and sells crop protection chemicals that include insecticides, herbicides and fungicides; and biologicals, crop nutrition and seed treatment products, which are used in agriculture to enhance crop yield and quality by controlling a range of insects, weeds and diseases, as well as in non-agricultural markets for pest control. The company markets its products through its own sales organisation and through alliance partners, independent distributors and sales representatives.
FMC Corporation is listed on the NYSE, has a trailing 12-month revenue of around US$5 billion and employs 6,400 staff.
- Market capitalisation: US$17,190,688,768
- P/E ratio: 23.9477
- PEG ratio: 1.7832
2. CF Industries (CF)
CF Industries Holdings, Inc. manufactures and sells hydrogen and nitrogen products for energy, fertiliser, emissions abatement and other industrial activities worldwide. Its principal products include anhydrous ammonia, granular urea, urea ammonium nitrate and ammonium nitrate products.
CF Industries is listed on the NYSE, has a trailing 12-month revenue of around US$6.5 billion and employs 2,970 staff.
- Market capitalisation: US$22,704,041,984
- P/E ratio: 25.8302
- PEG ratio: 1.8791
3. Archer-Daniels-Midland Company (ADM)
Archer-Daniels-Midland Company procures, transports, stores, processes and merchandises agricultural commodities, products and ingredients in the United States, Switzerland, Cayman Islands, Brazil, Mexico, the United Kingdom and internationally. The company operates through three segments: Ag Services and Oilseeds, Carbohydrate Solutions and Nutrition. It procures, stores, cleans and transports agricultural raw materials, such as oilseeds, corn, wheat, milo, oats and barley.
Archer-Daniels-Midland Company is listed on the NYSE, has a trailing 12-month revenue of around US$85.2 billion and employs 39,218 staff.
- Market capitalisation: US$51,944,800,000
- P/E ratio: 18.3771
- PEG ratio: 25.0934
4. Deere-and-Company (DE)
Deere & Company manufactures and distributes various equipment worldwide. The company operates through four segments: Production and Precision Agriculture, Small Agriculture and Turf, Construction and Forestry, and Financial Services. The Production and Precision Agriculture segment provides mid-size tractors, combines, cotton pickers and strippers, sugarcane harvesters, harvesting front-end equipment, sugarcane loaders, pull-behind scrapers, and tillage and seeding equipment, as well as application equipment, including sprayers and nutrient management, and soil preparation machinery for grain growers.
Deere-and-Company is listed on the NYSE, has a trailing 12-month revenue of around US$44.4 billion and employs 75,550 staff.
- Market capitalisation: US$127,484,084,224
- P/E ratio: 22.9992
- PEG ratio: 1.7012
5. The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company (SMG)
The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company engages in the manufacture, marketing and sale of products for lawn, garden care, and indoor and hydroponic gardening in the United States and internationally. The company operates through three segments: US Consumer, Hawthorne and Other.
The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company is listed on the NYSE, has a trailing 12-month revenue of around US$4.7 billion and employs 7,300 staff.
- Market capitalisation: US$6,986,339,000
- P/E ratio: 13.3495
- PEG ratio: 2.7084
6. Corteva (CTVA)
Corteva, Inc. operates in the agriculture business. It operates through two segments, Seed and Crop Protection.
Corteva is listed on the NYSE, has a trailing 12-month revenue of around US$15.7 billion and employs 21,000 staff.
- Market capitalisation: US$42,174,693,376
- P/E ratio: 24.4956
- PEG ratio: 3.0203
7. Beyond Meat (BYND)
Beyond Meat, Inc. manufactures, markets and sells plant-based meat products in the United States and internationally. The company sells a range of plant-based meat products across the platforms of beef, pork and poultry.
Beyond Meat is listed on the NASDAQ, has a trailing 12-month revenue of around US$464.7 million and employs 1,108 staff.
- Market capitalisation: US$3,085,836,288
- PEG ratio: 40.7473
8. Bunge (BG)
Bunge Limited operates as an agribusiness and food company worldwide. It operates through four segments: Agribusiness, Refined and Specialty Oils, Milling, and Sugar and Bioenergy. The Agribusiness segment purchases, stores, transports, processes and sells agricultural commodities and commodity products, including oilseeds primarily soybeans, rapeseed, canola and sunflower seeds, as well as grains primarily wheat and corn; and processes oilseeds into vegetable oils and protein meals.
Bunge is listed on the NYSE, has a trailing 12-month revenue of around US$59.2 billion and employs 22,000 staff.
- Market capitalisation: US$15,426,475,008
- P/E ratio: 7.9249
- PEG ratio: 1.7053
How to buy agriculture stocks
Sign up with an online broker or platform to invest in one or more of these agriculture stocks.
- Compare share trading platforms. Use our comparison table to find the best for your investment in paper stocks.
- Open and fund your brokerage account. You’ll need personal and financial details, like your contact and bank information.
- Search for the stock you’re interested in. Find the stock by name or ticker symbol, like FMC or CF.
- Decide on how many to buy. Some brokers will allow you to purchase fractional shares, while others require you to purchase whole shares.
- Choose an order type. Invest in the agriculture stocks now with a market order or use a limit order to delay your purchase until the stock reaches your desired price.
- Buy the stock. Tap or click the Buy button on your brokerage account. Once you’ve invested in the farm industry, track how your stock performs to decide when it’s time to sell.
Compare trading platforms
Compare trading platforms to find the best for your investment in agriculture stocks. You can use the table below to compare online brokers available in India. For stocks listed on the NYSE or NASDAQ you’ll need to find a platform with access to US stock markets.
We update our data regularly, but information can change between updates. Confirm details with the provider you're interested in before making a decision.
While it’s possible to turn a profit investing in agriculture stocks, keep in mind that – like any investment – agriculture stocks are not immune to risk. These stocks are subject to fluctuating conditions – both in the market and in the farm industry, so carefully vet your picks before you invest. And if you’re new to investing, or if it’s been awhile since you’ve taken a critical look at your investing accounts, compare brokers to make sure you’re getting the best features in your trading account.
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