July 02, 2012 at 09:32 AM EDT
Citigroup Downgrades Archer Daniels Midland on Drought Concerns (ADM)

Food products maker Archer Daniels Midland Company (ADM) on Monday caught a big downgrade from analysts at Citigroup.

The firm said it cut its rating on ADM from “Buy” to “Neutral” with a $32 price target. That target suggests an 8% upside to the stock’s Friday closing price of $29.52.

Citigroup noted the company could be vulnerable, as corn crops in the U.S. are in serious danger due to drought conditions. Grain prices have been rising as a result.

Archer Daniels Midland shares were mostly flat in premarket trading Monday.

The Bottom Line
Archer Daniels Midland currently offers a 2.37% dividend yield, based on Friday’s closing price of $29.52 and the company’s annualized dividend payout of 70 cents per share.

Archer Daniels Midland Company (ADM) is not recommended at this time, holding a Dividend.com DARS™ Rating of 3.3 out of 5 stars.

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