CF Industries Holdings Inc. (NYSE:CF) was the target of a significant drop in short interest in November. As of November 15th, there was short interest totalling 36,608,051 shares, a drop of 9.0% from the October 31st total of 40,228,753 shares. Based on an average daily volume of 8,461,879 shares, the short-interest ratio is currently 4.3 days. Approximately 15.8% of the shares of the stock are sold short.

Institutional investors have recently modified their holdings of the company. Pacer Advisors Inc. raised its position in shares of CF Industries Holdings by 7.7% in the second quarter. Pacer Advisors Inc. now owns 4,204 shares of the company’s stock worth $101,000 after buying an additional 301 shares during the period. Tower Research Capital LLC TRC raised its position in shares of CF Industries Holdings by 778.9% in the second quarter. Tower Research Capital LLC TRC now owns 6,293 shares of the company’s stock valued at $151,000 after buying an additional 5,577 shares during the last quarter. Toronto Dominion Bank raised its position in shares of CF Industries Holdings by 431.5% in the third quarter. Toronto Dominion Bank now owns 6,808 shares of the company’s stock valued at $166,000 after buying an additional 5,527 shares during the last quarter. Tradewinds Capital Management LLC raised its position in shares of CF Industries Holdings by 150.0% in the third quarter. Tradewinds Capital Management LLC now owns 7,250 shares of the company’s stock valued at $177,000 after buying an additional 4,350 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Point72 Asia Hong Kong Ltd raised its position in shares of CF Industries Holdings by 1,200.0% in the second quarter. Point72 Asia Hong Kong Ltd now owns 7,800 shares of the company’s stock valued at $188,000 after buying an additional 7,200 shares during the last quarter. 98.73% of the stock is currently owned by institutional investors and hedge funds.

Shares of CF Industries Holdings (NYSE:CF) opened at 28.94 on Thursday. The stock has a 50 day moving average price of $25.63 and a 200-day moving average price of $25.57. The company has a market capitalization of $6.75 billion, a PE ratio of 96.47 and a beta of 1.32. CF Industries Holdings has a 12 month low of $20.77 and a 12 month high of $46.67.

CF Industries Holdings (NYSE:CF) last issued its earnings results on Wednesday, November 2nd. The company reported $0.13 EPS for the quarter, topping the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.02 by $0.11. The business had revenue of $680 million for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $805.58 million. CF Industries Holdings had a net margin of 1.77% and a return on equity of 5.94%. The company’s quarterly revenue was down 26.7% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same period last year, the company posted $0.39 earnings per share. Analysts forecast that CF Industries Holdings will post $0.78 EPS for the current year.

The business also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Wednesday, November 30th. Stockholders of record on Tuesday, November 15th were given a dividend of $0.30 per share. This represents a $1.20 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 4.15%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Thursday, November 10th. CF Industries Holdings’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is presently 413.79%.

A number of equities research analysts have weighed in on the company. Vetr downgraded CF Industries Holdings from a “sell” rating to a “strong sell” rating and set a $23.58 price target on the stock. in a research report on Monday. Wood & Company downgraded CF Industries Holdings to an “underperform” rating in a research report on Tuesday, November 22nd. RBC Capital Markets downgraded CF Industries Holdings from a “sector perform” rating to an “underperform” rating and set a $22.00 price target on the stock. in a research report on Tuesday, November 22nd. They noted that the move was a valuation call. Finally, Royal Bank Of Canada downgraded CF Industries Holdings from a “sector perform” rating to an “underperform” rating and set a $22.00 price target on the stock. in a research report on Tuesday, November 22nd. Seven investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, eight have assigned a hold rating and five have issued a buy rating to the stock. CF Industries Holdings currently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $27.79.

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About CF Industries Holdings

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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