Shares of CF Industries Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:CF) traded up 7.3% on Wednesday . The stock traded as high as $31.35 and last traded at $31.20. 5,988,856 shares were traded during trading, an increase of 42% from the average session volume of 4,220,060 shares. The stock had previously closed at $29.08.

Several equities analysts have recently commented on the stock. Royal Bank Of Canada set a $25.00 price target on shares of CF Industries Holdings and gave the stock a “sell” rating in a research report on Saturday, June 10th. Credit Suisse Group set a $31.00 price target on shares of CF Industries Holdings and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a research report on Sunday, May 28th. Piper Jaffray Companies restated a “hold” rating on shares of CF Industries Holdings in a research report on Friday, August 4th. BidaskClub upgraded shares of CF Industries Holdings from a “strong sell” rating to a “sell” rating in a research report on Saturday, June 10th. Finally, ValuEngine upgraded shares of CF Industries Holdings from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Tuesday, July 25th. Three equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, seven have given a hold rating, five have issued a buy rating and one has assigned a strong buy rating to the stock. CF Industries Holdings has an average rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $32.23.

The firm’s 50 day moving average price is $29.87 and its 200 day moving average price is $28.83. The firm’s market capitalization is $7.28 billion.

CF Industries Holdings (NYSE:CF) last announced its quarterly earnings data on Wednesday, August 2nd. The basic materials company reported $0.10 EPS for the quarter, topping the Zacks’ consensus estimate of ($0.08) by $0.18. The firm had revenue of $1.12 billion during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $1.06 billion. CF Industries Holdings had a negative return on equity of 0.40% and a negative net margin of 9.98%. The company’s revenue was down .9% on a year-over-year basis. During the same period last year, the company earned $0.33 earnings per share. On average, analysts anticipate that CF Industries Holdings, Inc. will post ($0.70) earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

The company also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Thursday, August 31st. Investors of record on Tuesday, August 15th were given a $0.30 dividend. The ex-dividend date was Friday, August 11th. This represents a $1.20 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 3.85%. CF Industries Holdings’s payout ratio is -75.47%.

In other CF Industries Holdings news, VP Bert A. Frost sold 6,400 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction dated Monday, August 7th. The stock was sold at an average price of $31.53, for a total transaction of $201,792.00. Following the transaction, the vice president now owns 59,732 shares in the company, valued at $1,883,349.96. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which is available through this link. 1.00% of the stock is owned by company insiders.

Institutional investors and hedge funds have recently modified their holdings of the business. First Mercantile Trust Co. boosted its holdings in CF Industries Holdings by 22.4% during the first quarter. First Mercantile Trust Co. now owns 3,691 shares of the basic materials company’s stock worth $108,000 after buying an additional 676 shares during the last quarter. Ffcm LLC boosted its holdings in CF Industries Holdings by 218.4% during the second quarter. Ffcm LLC now owns 4,041 shares of the basic materials company’s stock worth $118,000 after buying an additional 2,772 shares during the last quarter. Pacer Advisors Inc. boosted its holdings in CF Industries Holdings by 3.3% during the first quarter. Pacer Advisors Inc. now owns 4,293 shares of the basic materials company’s stock worth $126,000 after buying an additional 137 shares during the last quarter. Financial Architects Inc boosted its holdings in CF Industries Holdings by 22.5% during the second quarter. Financial Architects Inc now owns 4,350 shares of the basic materials company’s stock worth $122,000 after buying an additional 800 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Pacad Investment Ltd. bought a new position in CF Industries Holdings during the second quarter worth about $126,000.

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About CF Industries Holdings

CF Industries Holdings, Inc manufactures and distributes 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 the Company’s industrial customers, and compound fertilizer products (nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium or NPKs).

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