CF Industries Holdings Inc. (NYSE:CF) rose 5.8% on Friday . The stock traded as high as $24.92 and last traded at $24.86, with a volume of 1,983,705 shares. The stock had previously closed at $23.50.

CF has been the subject of several recent analyst reports. Barclays PLC reissued an “overweight” rating and issued a $40.00 price target (down previously from $43.00) on shares of CF Industries Holdings in a report on Friday, April 22nd. Piper Jaffray Cos. downgraded CF Industries Holdings from an “overweight” rating to a “neutral” rating and decreased their target price for the stock from $40.00 to $34.00 in a report on Monday, March 28th. Citigroup Inc. decreased their target price on CF Industries Holdings from $34.00 to $25.00 and set a “neutral” rating for the company in a report on Thursday. Vetr raised CF Industries Holdings from a “buy” rating to a “strong-buy” rating and set a $35.53 target price for the company in a report on Monday, May 9th. Finally, Zacks Investment Research raised CF Industries Holdings from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Wednesday, April 27th. Three research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, eight have issued a hold rating, six have given a buy rating and one has given a strong buy rating to the stock. The stock has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $35.53.

The company has a 50 day moving average of $27.42 and a 200 day moving average of $31.56. The stock has a market capitalization of $5.79 billion and a PE ratio of 11.80.

CF Industries Holdings (NYSE:CF) last posted its quarterly earnings data on Wednesday, May 4th. The company reported $0.40 earnings per share for the quarter, missing analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.45 by $0.05. The business earned $1,000 million during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $862.38 million. During the same period last year, the firm earned $4.79 earnings per share. The company’s revenue for the quarter was up 5.2% compared to the same quarter last year. On average, equities analysts predict that CF Industries Holdings Inc. will post $1.93 EPS for the current fiscal year.

In other news, Director Robert C. Arzbaecher acquired 17,275 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Tuesday, May 24th. The stock was purchased at an average cost of $28.10 per share, with a total value of $485,427.50. Following the purchase, the director now directly owns 66,843 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $1,878,288.30. The acquisition was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available at the SEC website. Also, VP Christopher D. Bohn acquired 12,500 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Tuesday, May 24th. The stock was purchased at an average cost of $27.92 per share, with a total value of $349,000.00. Following the completion of the purchase, the vice president now directly owns 31,718 shares in the company, valued at $885,566.56. The disclosure for this purchase can be found here.

A number of institutional investors recently added to or reduced their stakes in the company. Russell Frank Co increased its position in CF Industries Holdings by 70.5% in the fourth quarter. Russell Frank Co now owns 445,801 shares of the company’s stock valued at $18,348,000 after buying an additional 184,390 shares during the last quarter. World Asset Management Inc increased its position in CF Industries Holdings by 1.6% in the fourth quarter. World Asset Management Inc now owns 26,165 shares of the company’s stock valued at $1,068,000 after buying an additional 423 shares during the last quarter. Eagle Asset Management Inc. bought a new position in CF Industries Holdings during the fourth quarter valued at $9,205,000. Swiss National Bank increased its position in CF Industries Holdings by 0.6% in the fourth quarter. Swiss National Bank now owns 422,740 shares of the company’s stock valued at $17,252,000 after buying an additional 2,700 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Wedge Capital Management L L P NC increased its position in CF Industries Holdings by 44.8% in the fourth quarter. Wedge Capital Management L L P NC now owns 195,400 shares of the company’s stock valued at $7,974,000 after buying an additional 60,450 shares during the last quarter.

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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