A number of firms have modified their ratings and price targets on shares of CF Industries Holdings (NYSE: CF) recently:

  • 10/17/2017 – CF Industries Holdings had its price target raised by analysts at Royal Bank Of Canada from $23.00 to $27.00. They now have an “underperform” rating on the stock.
  • 10/13/2017 – CF Industries Holdings was upgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating. According to Zacks, “CF Industries has outperformed the industry it belongs to for the past six months. CF Industries is well placed to gain from its efforts to boost production capacity. It should also benefit from higher nitrogen demand driven by healthy corn plantations. The company is also enjoying the benefit of ample natural gas supply. However, CF Industries anticipates the challenging nitrogen pricing environment to continue through 2017. High supply levels in the global nitrogen market due to capacity additions are affecting prices. Weak prices are expected to hurt margins of CF Industries through 2017. The company is also exposed to challenging agriculture market fundamentals. Moreover, CF Industries has a debt-laden balance sheet.”
  • 10/11/2017 – CF Industries Holdings is now covered by analysts at HSBC Holdings plc. They set a “hold” rating and a $36.30 price target on the stock.
  • 10/6/2017 – CF Industries Holdings had its “outperform” rating reaffirmed by analysts at BMO Capital Markets. They now have a $38.00 price target on the stock, up previously from $35.00.
  • 10/6/2017 – CF Industries Holdings was given a new $28.00 price target on by analysts at Piper Jaffray Companies. They now have a “hold” rating on the stock.
  • 10/4/2017 – CF Industries Holdings was downgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating. According to Zacks, “CF Industries anticipates the challenging nitrogen pricing environment to continue through 2017. High supply levels in the global nitrogen market due to capacity additions are affecting prices. Weak prices are expected to hurt margins of CF Industries through 2017. The company is also exposed to challenging agriculture market fundamentals. Moreover, CF Industries has a debt-laden balance sheet.”
  • 10/4/2017 – CF Industries Holdings had its “buy” rating reaffirmed by analysts at UBS AG. They now have a $40.00 price target on the stock, up previously from $33.00.
  • 9/5/2017 – CF Industries Holdings had its “hold” rating reaffirmed by analysts at Piper Jaffray Companies. They now have a $28.00 price target on the stock.

CF Industries Holdings, Inc. (CF) opened at 37.00 on Wednesday. The company has a 50-day moving average price of $33.42 and a 200-day moving average price of $29.64. The firm’s market capitalization is $8.63 billion. CF Industries Holdings, Inc. has a 12-month low of $22.18 and a 12-month high of $37.39.

CF Industries Holdings (NYSE:CF) last released its earnings results on Wednesday, August 2nd. The basic materials company reported $0.10 EPS for the quarter, topping the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of ($0.08) by $0.18. The firm had revenue of $1.12 billion during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $1.06 billion. CF Industries Holdings had a negative net margin of 9.98% and a negative return on equity of 0.40%. CF Industries Holdings’s revenue for the quarter was down .9% on a year-over-year basis. During the same period in the previous year, the company earned $0.33 EPS. On average, analysts predict that CF Industries Holdings, Inc. will post ($0.65) earnings per share for the current year.

The company also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Thursday, November 30th. Shareholders of record on Wednesday, November 15th will be paid a $0.30 dividend. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Tuesday, November 14th. This represents a $1.20 annualized dividend and a yield of 3.24%. CF Industries Holdings’s payout ratio is currently -75.47%.

In other CF Industries Holdings news, VP Bert A. Frost sold 6,400 shares of CF Industries Holdings stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, August 7th. The shares were sold at an average price of $31.53, for a total value of $201,792.00. Following the completion of the sale, the vice president now directly owns 59,732 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $1,883,349.96. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through this hyperlink. 1.00% of the stock is currently owned by insiders.

CF Industries Holdings, Inc manufactures and distributes 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 the Company’s industrial customers, and compound fertilizer products (nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium or NPKs).

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