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The S&P Agribusiness North America Index consists of 24 largest publicly-traded agribusiness companies that are either Producers, Distributors & Processors and Equipment & Materials Suppliers in this sector.

The Constituents in this Index must meet the following criteria:

  • Trade on the U.S. and Canadian exchanges including ADRs
  • Have minimum market capitalization of US$ 500M at re-balancing time
  • A six-month average daily trading value above US$ 2 million

The Top 10 components in the S&P Agribusiness North America Index are:

1. Bunge Ltd (NYSE:BG)

  • Country: USA
  • Current Dividend Yield: 1.34%

2. Archer-Daniels-Midland Co (NYSE:ADM)

  • Country: USA
  • Current Dividend Yield: 2.00%

3. Potash Corp (NYSE:POT)

  • Country: Canada
  • Current Dividend Yield: 0.35%

4. Monsanto Co (NYSE:MON)

  • Country: USA
  • Current Dividend Yield: 1.36%

5. Syngenta (NYSE:SYT)

  • Country: Switzerland
  • Current Dividend Yield: 2.00%

6. The Mosaic Co (NYSE:MOS)

  • Country: USA
  • Current Dividend Yield: 0.33%

7.Hormel Foods (NYSE:HRL)

  • Country: USA
  • Current Dividend Yield: 2.02%

8. Deere & Co (NYSE:DE)

  • Country: USA
  • Current Dividend Yield: 1.96%

9. Tyson Foods (NYSE:TSN)

  • Country: USA
  • Current Dividend Yield: 0.94%

10. Perdigao SA

  • Perdiagao and Sadia merged to form BRF Brasil Foods (NYSE:BRFS)
  • Country: Brazil
  • Current Dividend Yield: N/A

In the U.S., the BLS reported that prices of dairy and related products, fruits and vegetables rose sharply last month, contributing to a rise in the food consumer price index. In Asia, food price increases are pushing inflation higher.

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Source: WSJ

Prices of food staples such as rice, milk, and sugar have been rising in recent months. Other food items such as fruits, vegetables and cooking oils have also been increasing in some countries.

Countries such as India, China, Thailand and Indonesia are battling rising food price inflation. With huge populations, India and China are particularly vulnerable if prices escalate further.

Agribusiness stocks offers good investment choices for investors now, especially since some economists are talking about a double-dip recession. Food stocks tend to offer stable growth and withstand downward pressure in falling markets. While consumers may cut down on discretionary spending, they still have to spend on necessities such as food, utilities, etc.

Source: 10 Promising Agribusiness Stocks