In early trading on Wednesday, shares of Monsanto (NYSE:MON) topped the list of the day's best performing components of the S&P 500 index, trading up 5.3%. Year to date, Monsanto registers a 9.0% gain.
And the worst performing S&P 500 component thus far on the day is Valero Energy (NYSE:VLO), trading down 7.2%. Valero Energy is showing a gain of 3.1% looking at the year to date performance.
Two other components making moves today are Marathon Petroleum (MPC), trading down 5.6%, and Pioneer Natural Resources (PXD), trading up 3.6% on the day.
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