Shares of CF Industries Holdings Inc. (NYSE:CF) traded up 2.8% during mid-day trading on Monday . The company traded as high as $23.68 and last traded at $23.66, with a volume of 2,509,375 shares traded. The stock had previously closed at $23.02.

A number of analysts have issued reports on the stock. Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of CF Industries Holdings from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Wednesday, April 27th. Vetr raised CF Industries Holdings from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $35.53 price objective for the company in a research report on Monday, April 25th. Royal Bank Of Canada lowered their price objective on CF Industries Holdings from $35.00 to $33.00 and set a “sector perform” rating for the company in a research report on Tuesday, April 26th. Bank of America Corp. downgraded CF Industries Holdings from a “neutral” rating to an “underperform” rating and set a $29.00 price objective for the company. in a research report on Tuesday, May 24th. Finally, Scotiabank downgraded CF Industries Holdings from an “outperform” rating to a “sector perform” rating in a research report on Tuesday, May 24th. Three equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, ten have issued a hold rating and six have assigned a buy rating to the stock. The company currently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $33.47.

The company has a market capitalization of $5.52 billion and a price-to-earnings ratio of 29.17. The company has a 50 day moving average of $24.41 and a 200-day moving average of $29.25.

CF Industries Holdings (NYSE:CF) last posted its quarterly earnings data on Wednesday, August 3rd. The company reported $0.33 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, missing the consensus estimate of $0.68 by $0.35. The business earned $1.13 billion during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $1.13 billion. During the same quarter in the previous year, the company earned $1.49 EPS. The firm’s revenue was down 13.5% compared to the same quarter last year. On average, equities analysts forecast that CF Industries Holdings Inc. will post $1.13 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The firm also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Wednesday, August 31st. Shareholders of record on Monday, August 15th will be issued a dividend of $0.30 per share. The ex-dividend date is Thursday, August 11th. This represents a $1.20 annualized dividend and a yield of 5.07%.

In other news, Director Robert C. Arzbaecher bought 21,600 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction dated Tuesday, August 16th. The stock was bought at an average price of $23.25 per share, for a total transaction of $502,200.00. Following the transaction, the director now owns 88,443 shares in the company, valued at $2,056,299.75. The purchase was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is accessible through this link. Also, Director Robert C. Arzbaecher bought 17,275 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction dated Tuesday, May 24th. The stock was purchased at an average price of $28.10 per share, with a total value of $485,427.50. Following the transaction, the director now owns 66,843 shares in the company, valued at approximately $1,878,288.30. The disclosure for this purchase can be found here.

Several hedge funds and institutional investors have recently modified their holdings of CF. BlackRock Advisors LLC raised its position in shares of CF Industries Holdings by 46.4% in the fourth quarter. BlackRock Advisors LLC now owns 485,294 shares of the company’s stock valued at $19,805,000 after buying an additional 153,900 shares during the last quarter. BNP Paribas Arbitrage SA raised its position in shares of CF Industries Holdings by 5.0% in the fourth quarter. BNP Paribas Arbitrage SA now owns 412,832 shares of the company’s stock valued at $16,848,000 after buying an additional 19,474 shares during the last quarter. Principal Financial Group Inc. raised its position in shares of CF Industries Holdings by 0.9% in the fourth quarter. Principal Financial Group Inc. now owns 349,747 shares of the company’s stock valued at $14,273,000 after buying an additional 3,233 shares during the last quarter. Employees Retirement System of Texas raised its position in shares of CF Industries Holdings by 9.4% in the fourth quarter. Employees Retirement System of Texas now owns 122,000 shares of the company’s stock valued at $4,979,000 after buying an additional 10,500 shares during the last quarter. Finally, American International Group Inc. raised its position in shares of CF Industries Holdings by 1.8% in the fourth quarter. American International Group Inc. now owns 100,050 shares of the company’s stock valued at $4,084,000 after buying an additional 1,803 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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