CF Industries Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:CF) gapped down prior to trading on Tuesday . The stock had previously closed at $38.88, but opened at $37.28. CF Industries Holdings shares last traded at $37.37, with a volume of 2634800 shares traded.

A number of equities research analysts have issued reports on the stock. Zacks Investment Research raised shares of CF Industries Holdings from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Wednesday, August 16th. Piper Jaffray Companies reissued a “hold” rating on shares of CF Industries Holdings in a report on Friday, August 4th. Atlantic Securities lowered shares of CF Industries Holdings from a “neutral” rating to an “underweight” rating in a report on Tuesday. They noted that the move was a valuation call. ValuEngine raised shares of CF Industries Holdings from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Tuesday, July 25th. Finally, Royal Bank Of Canada lifted their target price on shares of CF Industries Holdings from $23.00 to $27.00 and gave the company an “underperform” rating in a research note on Tuesday, October 17th. Four research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, eight have assigned a hold rating, five have given a buy rating and one has assigned a strong buy rating to the company. The company presently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $34.74.

The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.80, a current ratio of 1.71 and a quick ratio of 1.51.

CF Industries Holdings (NYSE:CF) last issued its quarterly earnings results on Wednesday, November 1st. The basic materials company reported ($0.39) earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, missing analysts’ consensus estimates of ($0.35) by ($0.04). CF Industries Holdings had a negative net margin of 10.95% and a negative return on equity of 2.29%. The business had revenue of $870.00 million for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $733.63 million. During the same period last year, the business earned $0.13 earnings per share. The company’s revenue was up 27.9% on a year-over-year basis. research analysts anticipate that CF Industries Holdings, Inc. will post -0.38 earnings per share for the current year.

The firm also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Thursday, November 30th. Investors of record on Wednesday, November 15th will be given a dividend of $0.30 per share. The ex-dividend date is Tuesday, November 14th. This represents a $1.20 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 3.21%. CF Industries Holdings’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is currently -65.57%.

Hedge funds and other institutional investors have recently modified their holdings of the stock. Saratoga Research & Investment Management purchased a new position in CF Industries Holdings during the 3rd quarter valued at about $108,000. Ffcm LLC lifted its position in CF Industries Holdings by 218.4% during the 2nd quarter. Ffcm LLC now owns 4,041 shares of the basic materials company’s stock valued at $118,000 after acquiring an additional 2,772 shares during the period. Financial Architects Inc lifted its position in CF Industries Holdings by 22.5% during the 2nd quarter. Financial Architects Inc now owns 4,350 shares of the basic materials company’s stock valued at $122,000 after acquiring an additional 800 shares during the period. Pacad Investment Ltd. purchased a new position in CF Industries Holdings during the 2nd quarter valued at about $126,000. Finally, BT Investment Management Ltd purchased a new position in CF Industries Holdings during the 2nd quarter valued at about $126,000.

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CF Industries Holdings Company Profile

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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