Wednesday, October 08, 2008

Missouri Stocks

Missouri has a very diversified economy. It has a large service sector, wholesale, retail, manufacturing and agricultural. It is a top producer of automobiles, beer and aerospace technology. Some lesser known facts about Missouri follow:

1. Missouri’s top commodities are soybeans, cattle and calves and corn.
2. 14,842 new businesses settled in Missouri during 2007.
3. Top manufacturing industries in the state are: transportation equipment, food products, and fabricated metals.
4. The manufacturing industry employs 13% of the work force.
5. Missouri exports chemicals, machinery and food products to South Korea, China and Japan.
6. The High-tech industry of Missouri employs 4% of the work force.
7. Missouri offers over $306 million in incentives for biofuel energy development, along with tax credits.
8. Forest products contribute $1.69 billion to the economy.
9. Top industries depending on exports are the aircraft manufacturing, and the wholesale trading industries.
10. The optical instrument and less manufacturing industry exports 100% of its products.

The following companies are headquartered in Missouri:

Monsanto Company (MON) makes agricultural products. It is also engaged in the biotechnology industry. The stock has a PE of 23, a PEG of 0.67, and it pays a yield of 1%.

Anheuser-Busch Companies, Inc. (BUD) produces and sells beer worldwide. Some of the most popular brands are: Budweiser, and Michelob. The stock has a PE of 23, a PEG of 2.03, and it pays a yield of 2.3%.

Emerson Electric Co. (EMR) engages in the technology business. It operates worldwide and designs and delivers engineering services. The stock has a PE of 13, a PEG of 0.95, and it pays a yield of 3.1%.

Express Scripts, Inc. (ESRX) renders management services for pharmacies in the United States. The company also home delivers certain pharmaceutical products. The stock has a PE of 28, and it pays a yield of 1.35.

Peabody Energy Corporation (BTU) produces and sells coal worldwide. The company owns plants in the United States, Australia and Venezuela. The stock has a PE of 27, a PEG of 0.48, and it pays a yield of 0.6%.

Ameren Corporation (AEE) is a public utility company. It produces, and delivers energy to businesses. The stock has a PE of 11, a PEG of 3.20, and it pays a yield of 6.5%.

H&R Block, Inc. (HRB) is a business consulting firm. Some of its services include tax preparation and advice, accounting services, and retail banking. The stock has a PEG of 1.24, and it pays a yield of 2.5%.

Sigma-Aldrich Corporation (SIAL) produces and markets chemicals. The company sells its products worldwide. The stock has a PE of 20, a PEG of 2.01, and it pays a yield of 1%.

MEMC Electronic Materials Inc. (WFR) produces and markets wafers used by the semiconductor industry. The stock has a PE of 9, and a PEG of 0.22.

Amdocs Limited (DOX) is a service provider company. Its clients are the service industry throughout the world. It also produces and delivers software used for management purposes. The stock has a PE of 15, and a PEG of 0.83.

Don't forget to check out stocks from some of the western states, such as Arizona stocks, Oregon stocks, and Nevada stocks.

Author does not own any of the above.


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