CF Industries Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:CF) has been given an average rating of “Hold” by the seventeen brokerages that are currently covering the stock, MarketBeat.com reports. Three research analysts have rated the stock with a sell recommendation, eight have given a hold recommendation, five have assigned a buy recommendation and one has issued a strong buy recommendation on the company. The average 1 year price target among brokers that have issued a report on the stock in the last year is $35.02.

A number of research firms have weighed in on CF. Zacks Investment Research raised CF Industries from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $42.00 price objective for the company in a research report on Tuesday, November 14th. Atlantic Securities cut CF Industries from a “neutral” rating to an “underweight” rating in a research report on Tuesday, November 14th. They noted that the move was a valuation call. Cowen increased their price objective on CF Industries from $27.00 to $33.00 and gave the stock a “market perform” rating in a research report on Wednesday, November 8th. BMO Capital Markets increased their price objective on CF Industries from $38.00 to $43.00 and gave the stock a “market perform” rating in a research report on Friday, November 3rd. Finally, Royal Bank Of Canada increased their price objective on CF Industries from $27.00 to $32.00 and gave the stock an “underperform” rating in a research report on Friday, November 3rd.

CF Industries (NYSE:CF) traded up $0.62 during trading on Thursday, reaching $37.47. The company’s stock had a trading volume of 2,683,645 shares, compared to its average volume of 4,467,739. CF Industries has a 52 week low of $25.04 and a 52 week high of $39.32. The company has a quick ratio of 1.51, a current ratio of 1.71 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.80.

CF Industries (NYSE:CF) last posted its quarterly earnings data on Wednesday, November 1st. The basic materials company reported ($0.39) earnings per share for the quarter, missing analysts’ consensus estimates of ($0.35) by ($0.04). CF Industries had a negative return on equity of 2.29% and a negative net margin of 10.95%. The company had revenue of $870.00 million for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $733.63 million. During the same period in the previous year, the business posted $0.13 earnings per share. The firm’s revenue was up 27.9% compared to the same quarter last year. research analysts forecast that CF Industries will post -0.35 EPS for the current year.

The company also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Thursday, November 30th. Investors of record on Wednesday, November 15th will be paid a $0.30 dividend. This represents a $1.20 annualized dividend and a yield of 3.20%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Tuesday, November 14th. CF Industries’s payout ratio is currently -65.57%.

In other CF Industries news, VP Bert A. Frost sold 7,500 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction on Tuesday, November 21st. The stock was sold at an average price of $36.50, for a total transaction of $273,750.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the vice president now owns 67,232 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $2,453,968. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is accessible through this link. Also, Director Stephen A. Furbacher sold 3,500 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction on Tuesday, November 21st. The stock was sold at an average price of $36.00, for a total value of $126,000.00. Following the transaction, the director now directly owns 50,854 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $1,830,744. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Company insiders own 1.00% of the company’s stock.

Institutional investors have recently added to or reduced their stakes in the business. Saratoga Research & Investment Management purchased a new position in CF Industries during the third quarter worth $108,000. Ffcm LLC increased its position in CF Industries by 218.4% during the second quarter. Ffcm LLC now owns 4,041 shares of the basic materials company’s stock worth $118,000 after buying an additional 2,772 shares in the last quarter. Pacad Investment Ltd. purchased a new position in CF Industries during the second quarter worth $126,000. BT Investment Management Ltd purchased a new position in CF Industries during the second quarter worth $126,000. Finally, Pacer Advisors Inc. increased its position in CF Industries by 8.3% during the second quarter. Pacer Advisors Inc. now owns 4,648 shares of the basic materials company’s stock worth $130,000 after buying an additional 355 shares in the last quarter.

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About CF Industries

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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