CF Industries Holdings (CF) Getting Somewhat Favorable News Coverage, Study Finds
Media stories about CF Industries Holdings (NYSE:CF) have been trending somewhat positive on Wednesday, Accern Sentiment reports. The research firm ranks the sentiment of media coverage by analyzing more than 20 million news and blog sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. CF Industries Holdings earned a media sentiment score of 0.22 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned news headlines about the basic materials company an impact score of 46.1353557981109 out of 100, meaning that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the near term.
These are some of the headlines that may have effected Accern’s rankings:
- CF Industries Holdings Becomes #32 Most Shorted S&P 500 Component, Replacing Helmerich & Payne (marketnewsvideo.com)
- ETFs with exposure to CF Industries Holdings, Inc. : September 13, 2017 (finance.yahoo.com)
- CF Industries Holdings, Inc. :CF-US: Earnings Analysis: Q2, 2017 By the Numbers : September 11, 2017 (finance.yahoo.com)
- Traders Buy High Volume of CF Industries Holdings Call Options (CF) (americanbankingnews.com)
- Brokerages Anticipate CF Industries Holdings, Inc. (CF) Will Announce Quarterly Sales of $713.98 Million (americanbankingnews.com)
Shares of CF Industries Holdings (NYSE:CF) traded down 0.28% during midday trading on Wednesday, hitting $32.10. 2,184,934 shares of the company traded hands. The stock’s market capitalization is $7.49 billion. The company has a 50-day moving average price of $30.06 and a 200-day moving average price of $28.83. CF Industries Holdings has a 52 week low of $22.00 and a 52 week high of $37.17.
CF Industries Holdings (NYSE:CF) last announced its quarterly earnings results on Wednesday, August 2nd. The basic materials company reported $0.10 earnings per share for the quarter, topping the consensus estimate of ($0.08) by $0.18. CF Industries Holdings had a negative net margin of 9.98% and a negative return on equity of 0.40%. The firm had revenue of $1.12 billion during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $1.06 billion. During the same quarter in the prior year, the company earned $0.33 EPS. The company’s revenue was down .9% compared to the same quarter last year. Analysts anticipate that CF Industries Holdings will post ($0.70) earnings per share for the current fiscal year.
The firm also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Thursday, August 31st. Stockholders of record on Tuesday, August 15th were given a $0.30 dividend. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Friday, August 11th. This represents a $1.20 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 3.74%. CF Industries Holdings’s payout ratio is presently -75.47%.
A number of equities analysts have weighed in on CF shares. ValuEngine raised shares of CF Industries Holdings from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Tuesday, June 27th. Zacks Investment Research downgraded shares of CF Industries Holdings from a “hold” rating to a “strong sell” rating in a research note on Monday, May 22nd. Barclays PLC reaffirmed an “equal weight” rating and set a $31.00 target price (down previously from $32.00) on shares of CF Industries Holdings in a research note on Sunday, May 28th. Royal Bank Of Canada decreased their target price on shares of CF Industries Holdings from $25.00 to $23.00 and set an “underperform” rating for the company in a research note on Friday, July 14th. Finally, BMO Capital Markets set a $35.00 target price on shares of CF Industries Holdings and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research note on Tuesday, June 6th. Three research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, seven have issued a hold rating, five have assigned a buy rating and one has given a strong buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock currently has an average rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $32.23.
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In related news, VP Bert A. Frost sold 6,400 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, August 7th. The shares were sold at an average price of $31.53, for a total transaction of $201,792.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the vice president now owns 59,732 shares in the company, valued at approximately $1,883,349.96. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which is available at this hyperlink. Insiders own 1.00% of the company’s stock.
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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