CF Industries Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:CF) was upgraded by investment analysts at Vetr from a “sell” rating to a “strong-buy” rating in a research note issued on Monday. The brokerage presently has a $38.00 price target on the stock. Vetr‘s price objective points to a potential upside of 25.04% from the company’s previous close.

CF has been the subject of several other reports. Zacks Investment Research downgraded shares of CF Industries Holdings from a “strong-buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Monday, January 16th. BMO Capital Markets reaffirmed a “buy” rating on shares of CF Industries Holdings in a report on Tuesday, January 3rd. Royal Bank of Canada reaffirmed a “sell” rating and issued a $23.00 price target on shares of CF Industries Holdings in a report on Thursday, January 12th. Cowen and Company raised shares of CF Industries Holdings from an “underperform” rating to a “market perform” rating and set a $31.00 price target for the company in a report on Tuesday, January 24th. Finally, Bank of America Corp raised shares of CF Industries Holdings from an “underperform” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $40.00 price target for the company in a report on Friday, January 20th. Two analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, ten have issued a hold rating, four have issued a buy rating and one has given a strong buy rating to the company. The stock has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $31.57.

Analyst Recommendations for CF Industries Holdings (NYSE:CF)

Shares of CF Industries Holdings (NYSE:CF) traded up 3.76% during midday trading on Monday, hitting $30.39. 6,301,988 shares of the stock were exchanged. CF Industries Holdings has a 12 month low of $20.77 and a 12 month high of $37.17. The firm’s 50-day moving average is $32.80 and its 200-day moving average is $28.85. The stock’s market cap is $7.08 billion.

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CF Industries Holdings (NYSE:CF) last announced its earnings results on Wednesday, February 15th. The company reported ($0.39) earnings per share for the quarter, missing the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of ($0.06) by $0.33. The firm earned $867 million during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $902.14 million. CF Industries Holdings had a net margin of 1.77% and a return on equity of 5.94%. During the same quarter last year, the business earned $0.76 earnings per share. Equities research analysts predict that CF Industries Holdings will post $0.28 earnings per share for the current year.

The firm also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Tuesday, February 28th. Investors of record on Friday, February 17th were issued a dividend of $0.30 per share. The ex-dividend date was Wednesday, February 15th. This represents a $1.20 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 3.95%. CF Industries Holdings’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is presently 413.79%.

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Several hedge funds and other institutional investors have recently modified their holdings of CF. Ladenburg Thalmann Financial Services Inc. boosted its position in shares of CF Industries Holdings by 37.0% in the first quarter. Ladenburg Thalmann Financial Services Inc. now owns 4,657 shares of the company’s stock valued at $147,000 after buying an additional 1,257 shares during the period. Tower Research Capital LLC TRC boosted its position in shares of CF Industries Holdings by 778.9% in the second quarter. Tower Research Capital LLC TRC now owns 6,293 shares of the company’s stock valued at $151,000 after buying an additional 5,577 shares during the period. Toronto Dominion Bank boosted its position in shares of CF Industries Holdings by 431.5% in the third quarter. Toronto Dominion Bank now owns 6,808 shares of the company’s stock valued at $166,000 after buying an additional 5,527 shares during the period. Tradewinds Capital Management LLC boosted its position in shares of CF Industries Holdings by 150.0% in the third quarter. Tradewinds Capital Management LLC now owns 7,250 shares of the company’s stock valued at $177,000 after buying an additional 4,350 shares during the period. Finally, Candriam Luxembourg S.C.A. boosted its position in shares of CF Industries Holdings by 28.4% in the second quarter. Candriam Luxembourg S.C.A. now owns 9,175 shares of the company’s stock valued at $221,000 after buying an additional 2,030 shares during the period. 99.75% of the stock is owned by hedge funds and other institutional investors.

About CF Industries Holdings

CF Industries Holdings, Inc is the manufacturer and distributor of nitrogen fertilizer and other nitrogen products. The Company’s nitrogen fertilizer products are ammonia, granular urea, urea ammonium nitrate solution (UAN) and ammonium nitrate (AN). Its other nitrogen products include diesel exhaust fluid (DEF), urea liquor, nitric acid and aqua ammonia, which are sold primarily to its industrial customers, and compound fertilizer products (NPKs).

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