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Monsanto Investors Can Anticipate a Fruitful 2016

Agriculture giant Monsanto (MON - Get Report) , the world's largest producer of seeds for planting, will report first-quarter fiscal 2016 earnings results before the opening bell Wednesday. Owing to weakness in its corn seed and traits businesses, which missed Wall Street's estimates in the last two fiscal quarters, Monsanto stock didn't perform as well as investors hoped in 2015, losing about 19% of its value compared to a 0.73% decline for the S&P 500 (SPX) index.

Nonetheless, there are tons of reasons to expect a nicer ROI harvest in 2016. For starters, Monsanto, which provides roughly 30% of all seeds used in modern agricultural farming, is approaching periods of softer year-over-year comparisons, meaning it will have a much easier time beating its quarterly estimates.

What's more, in the aftermath of its steep correction -- which we...