Deere gets six AE50 awards
On January 10, 2019, Deere (DE) announced that it had received six AE50 awards. The reward is presented by the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers for innovative product-engineering designs in agriculture. It recognizes 50 innovative products chosen by international engineering experts. Deere received awards for the following products:
- Command Pro joystick for 6R tractors
- Bale mobile app
- 2660VT, a variable-intensity tillage tool
- 700FD Hydraflex Draper
- a machine performance app that’s part of the Generation 4 command center
These kinds of innovations help Deere to launch new products and further help farmers to save time, costs, and labor. Joel Dawson, director of production and precision agriculture for Deere, said, “This year’s AE50 Awards reaffirms the innovative spirit of our employees and illustrates our company’s commitment to bringing those linked to the land the most useful, high-quality products possible. Around the globe, John Deere engineers work tirelessly to create exciting new products and technology to benefit our customers.”
Deere’s stock price
Deere stock remained positive for the week. The stock gained ~4.4% and closed at $158.28 for the week ending January 11. The gains resulted in Deere trading 7.3% above its 100-day moving average price of $147.45.
So far in 2019, Deere has gained ~9.0%. Deere’s peers Caterpillar (CAT), AGCO (AGCO), and CNH Industrial (CNHI) have fallen 5.2%, 13.3%, and 7.4%, respectively. Deere’s 14-day relative strength index score of 60 indicates that the stock isn’t overbought or oversold.
Investors could hold Deere indirectly through the iShares MSCI Global Agriculture Producers ETF (VEGI), which had 15.2% of its portfolio invested in Deere as of January 11, 2019.