AGCO (NYSE: AGCO) is the 3rd largest manufacturer of agricultural equipment world-wide. The company makes products such as tractors and combines, and distributes its products through a network of dealers and distributors to the farmers. The company earned $6.6 billion in revenue and $136 million in net income in 2009.
Since AG generates nearly all of its revenue from sales of agricultural equipment, much of its success hinges upon the health of the agriculture industry and crop prices. One current trend that may play to AG's advantage is the increased interest in corn-based ethanol. Ethanol-based energy research and development over the next several years could lead to continued growth in demand for corn and, of course, the tools needed to plant and harvest more of it. Increasing demand for food in developing countries could also positively impact AG's sales. As both populations and personal incomes grow in emerging markets, demand for both grains and grain intensive products such as meat should increase as well. With three-quarters of its revenue generated outside of the U.S., AG has greater exposure to developing countries than any of its competitors.(Read more at Wikinvest )