Growth Areas: Seeds and Fertilizer

These companies profit from the commodities run-up indirectly but handsomely.

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Seed leader Monsanto, another analyst favorite, is leveraging its monster pipeline of bioengineered seeds at a time when demand is soaring, and it could benefit if European regulators decide to loosen bans on some varieties of its genetically modified seed, analyst Rentschler says.

In all, the massive run-up in agriculture shares last year is unlikely to be repeated, but if grain prices hold up, there's little reason to turn bearish on better (or simply better priced) names in agriculture.

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