CF Industries Holdings Inc. (NYSE:CF) shot up 5% on Thursday . The stock traded as high as $28.32 and last traded at $28.26, with a volume of 4,576,689 shares. The stock had previously closed at $26.92.

A number of equities research analysts have commented on the stock. Morgan Stanley restated a “buy” rating and issued a $30.00 price target on shares of CF Industries Holdings in a report on Thursday, June 16th. Bank of America Corp. cut shares of CF Industries Holdings from a “neutral” rating to an “underperform” rating and set a $29.00 price target for the company. in a report on Tuesday, May 24th. BMO Capital Markets upgraded shares of CF Industries Holdings from a “market perform” rating to an “outperform” rating and set a $28.00 price target for the company in a report on Friday, July 8th. Vetr cut shares of CF Industries Holdings from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating and set a $35.53 price target for the company. in a report on Monday, May 2nd. Finally, Royal Bank Of Canada reduced their price target on shares of CF Industries Holdings from $35.00 to $33.00 and set a “sector perform” rating for the company in a report on Tuesday, April 26th. Three research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, eight have issued a hold rating and seven have assigned a buy rating to the company’s stock. The company has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $35.06.

The company has a 50 day moving average of $27.06 and a 200 day moving average of $31.06. The company has a market cap of $6.50 billion and a price-to-earnings ratio of 13.23.

CF Industries Holdings (NYSE:CF) last released its earnings results on Wednesday, May 4th. The company reported $0.40 earnings per share for the quarter, missing the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.45 by $0.05. During the same quarter in the previous year, the company earned $4.79 earnings per share. The firm had revenue of $1,000 million for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $862.38 million. CF Industries Holdings’s revenue for the quarter was up 5.2% on a year-over-year basis. On average, equities research analysts forecast that CF Industries Holdings Inc. will post $1.85 EPS for the current year.

In other CF Industries Holdings news, VP Christopher D. Bohn bought 12,500 shares of CF Industries Holdings stock in a transaction dated Tuesday, May 24th. The shares were purchased at an average cost of $27.92 per share, with a total value of $349,000.00. Following the transaction, the vice president now directly owns 31,718 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $885,566.56. The acquisition was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which can be accessed through this hyperlink. Also, Director Robert C. Arzbaecher bought 17,275 shares of CF Industries Holdings stock in a transaction dated Tuesday, May 24th. The stock was acquired at an average cost of $28.10 per share, for a total transaction of $485,427.50. Following the completion of the transaction, the director now directly owns 66,843 shares in the company, valued at $1,878,288.30. The disclosure for this purchase can be found here.

A number of hedge funds have recently made changes to their positions in the stock. Mitsubishi UFJ Kokusai Asset Management CO. LTD. increased its stake in shares of CF Industries Holdings by 4.8% in the fourth quarter. Mitsubishi UFJ Kokusai Asset Management CO. LTD. now owns 30,863 shares of the company’s stock valued at $1,260,000 after buying an additional 1,421 shares during the period. Whittier Trust Co. of Nevada Inc. increased its stake in shares of CF Industries Holdings by 33.3% in the fourth quarter. Whittier Trust Co. of Nevada Inc. now owns 31,369 shares of the company’s stock valued at $1,281,000 after buying an additional 7,833 shares during the period. I.G. Investment Management LTD. increased its stake in shares of CF Industries Holdings by 5.5% in the fourth quarter. I.G. Investment Management LTD. now owns 36,300 shares of the company’s stock valued at $1,481,000 after buying an additional 1,878 shares during the period. South Dakota Investment Council increased its stake in shares of CF Industries Holdings by 33.2% in the fourth quarter. South Dakota Investment Council now owns 37,300 shares of the company’s stock valued at $1,522,000 after buying an additional 9,300 shares during the period. Finally, Sabal Capital Management LLC purchased a new stake in shares of CF Industries Holdings during the fourth quarter valued at approximately $1,582,000.

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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