CF Industries Holdings Inc. (NYSE:CF) gapped up prior to trading on Tuesday . The stock had previously closed at $23.05, but opened at $23.69. CF Industries Holdings shares last traded at $24.90, with a volume of 5,627,375 shares changing hands.

Several research analysts recently weighed in on the company. Morgan Stanley reiterated a “buy” rating and issued a $30.00 price objective on shares of CF Industries Holdings in a research report on Thursday, June 16th. Bank of America Corp. lowered 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. BMO Capital Markets upgraded CF Industries Holdings from a “market perform” rating to an “outperform” rating and set a $28.00 price objective for the company in a research report on Friday, July 8th. Vetr lowered CF Industries Holdings from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating and set a $35.53 price objective for the company. in a research report on Monday, May 2nd. Finally, Credit Suisse Group AG reiterated a “buy” rating on shares of CF Industries Holdings in a research report on Friday, August 5th. Three equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, ten have given a hold rating and six have assigned a buy rating to the stock. CF Industries Holdings has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $33.43.

The stock’s 50-day moving average price is $24.44 and its 200-day moving average price is $29.17. The company has a market capitalization of $5.71 billion and a PE ratio of 30.17.

CF Industries Holdings (NYSE:CF) last issued its quarterly earnings data on Wednesday, August 3rd. The company reported $0.33 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, missing the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.68 by $0.35. The company earned $1.13 billion during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $1.13 billion. CF Industries Holdings’s revenue was down 13.5% on a year-over-year basis. During the same period in the prior year, the company earned $1.49 EPS. Equities research analysts anticipate that CF Industries Holdings Inc. will post $1.12 EPS for the current year.

The business also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Wednesday, August 31st. Investors of record on Monday, August 15th will be given a dividend of $0.30 per share. The ex-dividend date is Thursday, August 11th. This represents a $1.20 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 4.99%.

In related news, Director Robert C. Arzbaecher acquired 21,600 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Tuesday, August 16th. The stock was purchased at an average cost of $23.25 per share, for a total transaction of $502,200.00. Following the transaction, the director now directly owns 88,443 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $2,056,299.75. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which is available through this hyperlink.

Other hedge funds and institutional investors have modified their holdings of the company. BlackRock Advisors LLC increased 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 period. BNP Paribas Arbitrage SA increased 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 period. American International Group Inc. increased 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 period. Finally, Principal Financial Group Inc. increased 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 period.

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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