CF Industries (NYSE: CF) has recently received a number of price target changes and ratings updates:

  • 3/22/2019 – CF Industries was downgraded by analysts at ValuEngine from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating.
  • 3/14/2019 – CF Industries was upgraded by analysts at ValuEngine from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating.
  • 3/6/2019 – CF Industries had its “outperform” rating reaffirmed by analysts at Cowen Inc. They now have a $62.00 price target on the stock, down previously from $68.00.
  • 3/5/2019 – CF Industries was downgraded by analysts at ValuEngine from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating.
  • 2/21/2019 – CF Industries was upgraded by analysts at ValuEngine from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating.
  • 2/19/2019 – CF Industries had its price target lowered by analysts at Citigroup Inc from $51.00 to $50.00. They now have a “buy” rating on the stock.
  • 2/15/2019 – CF Industries had its “neutral” rating reaffirmed by analysts at Barclays PLC. They wrote, “We think this dynamic is well understood by the market with Nutrien providing similar commentary with its results last week. Over the course of 2019, CF remains constructive on the nitrogen market due to: a) incremental net global nitrogen capacity will grow below the historical nitrogen demand growth rate b) part of that new capacity (1.2MMT) may be delayed due to U. S. sanctions on Iran, c) Chinese exports remaining in the 2-3MMT range (~2.4MMT in 2018) and d) solid demand from India and Brazil. CF expects ~12MMT of urea imports between these two countries in 2019, which would be at a similar volume level to 2018. We think average realized pricing could be softer in the back half of 2019, especially 3Q y/y, than consensus has modeled. CF announced a new $1B share repurchase program through 2021.””
  • 2/15/2019 – CF Industries was downgraded by analysts at ValuEngine from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating.

CF stock traded up $0.55 during trading on Monday, hitting $39.56. 47,117 shares of the company traded hands, compared to its average volume of 3,089,768. The company has a current ratio of 1.81, a quick ratio of 1.37 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.82. The stock has a market cap of $8.80 billion, a P/E ratio of 31.90, a P/E/G ratio of 2.99 and a beta of 0.72. CF Industries Holdings, Inc. has a 1 year low of $35.70 and a 1 year high of $56.51.

CF Industries (NYSE:CF) last announced its quarterly earnings results on Wednesday, February 13th. The basic materials company reported $0.21 earnings per share for the quarter, missing the consensus estimate of $0.51 by ($0.30). The company had revenue of $1.13 billion for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $1.22 billion. CF Industries had a net margin of 6.55% and a return on equity of 4.66%. The firm’s revenue was up 3.0% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same quarter in the prior year, the business posted ($0.02) earnings per share. On average, research analysts predict that CF Industries Holdings, Inc. will post 2.17 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

The business also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Thursday, February 28th. Investors of record on Friday, February 15th were given a dividend of $0.30 per share. This represents a $1.20 annualized dividend and a yield of 3.03%. The ex-dividend date was Thursday, February 14th. CF Industries’s dividend payout ratio is currently 96.77%.

A number of hedge funds have recently made changes to their positions in CF. CSat Investment Advisory L.P. increased its position in shares of CF Industries by 81.3% in the fourth quarter. CSat Investment Advisory L.P. now owns 620 shares of the basic materials company’s stock valued at $27,000 after buying an additional 278 shares in the last quarter. Ffcm LLC increased its position in shares of CF Industries by 49.4% in the fourth quarter. Ffcm LLC now owns 762 shares of the basic materials company’s stock valued at $33,000 after buying an additional 252 shares in the last quarter. Quantamental Technologies LLC purchased a new stake in shares of CF Industries in the fourth quarter valued at approximately $34,000. Lindbrook Capital LLC purchased a new stake in shares of CF Industries in the fourth quarter valued at approximately $43,000. Finally, Financial Gravity Companies Inc. purchased a new stake in shares of CF Industries in the fourth quarter valued at approximately $50,000. Institutional investors own 95.72% of the company’s stock.

CF Industries Holdings, Inc manufactures and distributes nitrogen fertilizers and other nitrogen products worldwide. The company operates through Ammonia, Granular Urea, UAN, AN, and Other segments. Its principal nitrogen fertilizer products include ammonia, granular urea, urea ammonium nitrate, and ammonium nitrate.

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