If the natural health community really wants to get serious about hitting evil corporations like Monsanto where it hurts, then it is time to start boycotting the companies that support, invest in, or otherwise have a relationship with Monsanto and its partner companies. And this includes dumping mutual fund and investment companies that hold a significant amount of shares in Monsanto.
Monsanto is a publicly-traded company, which means members of the public, including other large companies and investment firms, can buy shares in said company for investment purposes. This, of course, is one of the primary ways publicly-traded companies are able to raise needed funds and capital to keep on doing business.
While some investors make decisions on which securities to buy purely for financial reasons, others invest more consciously based on respect for a company and its products, for instance, or because they really want to see it succeed in the long-run. In either case, there are a number of investors in Monsanto that you may be interested in knowing about, if for no other reason than to pull your funds out of them because of their partnership with the world’s most evil and sinister corporation.
According to Yahoo! Finance, 83 percent of Monsanto’s shares are held by institutional and mutual fund owners. The top ten institutional holders and mutual fund holders in Monsanto as of the writing of this article are as follows:
Top Institutional Holders
•The Vanguard Group, Inc. — 21,361,249 shares
•State Street Corporation — 20, 096, 055 shares
•T. Rowe Price — 17,442,437 shares
•PRIMECAP Management Company — 14,933,282 shares
•Jennison Associates LLC — 14,526,041 shares
•BlackRock Institutional Trust Company, N.A. — 12,775,828 shares
•Davis Selected Advisers, L.P. — 11,426,858 shares
•FMR LLC — 11,118,244 shares
•Marsico Capital Managements, LLC — 11,079,586 shares
•AllianceBernstein, L.P. — 9,876,978 shares
Top Mutual Fund Holders
•Vanguard / Primecap Fund — 6,707,060 shares
•Market Vectors ETF Tr-Agribusiness ETF — 6,624,107 shares
•Davis New York Venture Fund — 6,600,196 shares
•Vanguard Total Stock Market Index Fund — 6,204,474 shares
•Fidelity Growth Company Fund — 4,789,978 shares
•Vanguard 500 Index Fund — 4,771,300 shares
•Vanguard Institutional Index Fund – Institutional Index FD — 4,378,112 shares
•SPDR S&P 500 ETF Trust — 4,182,071 shares
•College Retirement Equities Fund – Stock Account — 4,045,420 shares
•Mainstay Large Cap Growth Fund — 3,857,600 shares
The top five Major Direct Holders in Monsanto include Hugh Grant, the company’s chairman, president, and CEO; William U. Parfet, chairman and CEO of MPI Research, a pharmaceutical company; Brett D. Begemann, executive vice president and chief commercial officer of Monsanto; Robert T. Fraley, Monsanto’s executive vice president and chief technology officer; and Carl M. Casale, president and CEO of CHS Inc., a cooperative that supplies energy, crop nutrients, grain, livestock feed, food and food ingredients, and business solutions.
If you or any one you know holds investments in any of these companies, be sure to ditch them as soon as possible in protest of their support for Monsanto. Doing so is a practical way to get the ball rolling in bringing about real grassroots change, and ending Monsanto’s reign of agricultural terror.
You can also view a more extensive list of Monsanto’s stockholders here:
Sources for this article include:
By: Ethan A. Huff
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