CF Industries Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:CF) was the recipient of unusually large options trading on Friday. Traders acquired 843 call options on the stock. This represents an increase of 278% compared to the typical daily volume of 223 call options.

In other news, VP Bert A. Frost sold 6,400 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction dated Monday, August 7th. The stock was sold at an average price of $31.53, for a total value of $201,792.00. Following the sale, the vice president now directly owns 59,732 shares in the company, valued at $1,883,349.96. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which is accessible through the SEC website. Insiders own 1.00% of the company’s stock.

A number of hedge funds and other institutional investors have recently modified their holdings of CF. Vanguard Group Inc. increased its position in shares of CF Industries Holdings by 2.2% in the second quarter. Vanguard Group Inc. now owns 24,160,218 shares of the basic materials company’s stock worth $675,520,000 after buying an additional 523,655 shares during the period. FMR LLC increased its position in shares of CF Industries Holdings by 12.1% in the first quarter. FMR LLC now owns 23,826,054 shares of the basic materials company’s stock worth $699,295,000 after buying an additional 2,577,455 shares during the period. BlackRock Inc. increased its position in shares of CF Industries Holdings by 3,912.4% in the first quarter. BlackRock Inc. now owns 20,034,069 shares of the basic materials company’s stock worth $587,999,000 after buying an additional 19,534,765 shares during the period. Capital World Investors increased its position in shares of CF Industries Holdings by 21.4% in the second quarter. Capital World Investors now owns 15,203,728 shares of the basic materials company’s stock worth $425,096,000 after buying an additional 2,675,809 shares during the period. Finally, Bank of New York Mellon Corp increased its position in shares of CF Industries Holdings by 8.7% in the first quarter. Bank of New York Mellon Corp now owns 5,712,236 shares of the basic materials company’s stock worth $167,653,000 after buying an additional 459,582 shares during the period.

A number of analysts have recently commented on the company. Royal Bank Of Canada cut their price target on CF Industries Holdings from $26.00 to $25.00 and set an “underperform” rating on the stock in a report on Friday, May 5th. ValuEngine upgraded CF Industries Holdings from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Tuesday, July 25th. UBS AG upgraded CF Industries Holdings from a “neutral” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $33.00 price target on the stock in a report on Friday, May 5th. Barclays PLC cut their price target on CF Industries Holdings from $31.00 to $29.00 and set an “equal weight” rating on the stock in a report on Thursday, July 13th. Finally, Piper Jaffray Companies restated a “hold” rating on shares of CF Industries Holdings in a report on Friday, August 4th. Three investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, seven have issued a hold rating, five have given a buy rating and one has issued a strong buy rating to the company. CF Industries Holdings has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $32.58.

Shares of CF Industries Holdings (NYSE CF) opened at 28.98 on Monday. The company’s market cap is $6.76 billion. CF Industries Holdings has a 12-month low of $22.00 and a 12-month high of $37.17. The company’s 50-day moving average price is $29.86 and its 200 day moving average price is $29.22.

CF Industries Holdings (NYSE:CF) last issued its quarterly earnings data on Wednesday, August 2nd. The basic materials company reported $0.10 earnings per share for the quarter, beating the Zacks’ consensus estimate of ($0.08) by $0.18. The company had revenue of $1.12 billion for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $1.06 billion. CF Industries Holdings had a negative net margin of 9.98% and a negative return on equity of 0.40%. The firm’s revenue for the quarter was down .9% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same quarter in the prior year, the firm earned $0.33 earnings per share. Equities analysts predict that CF Industries Holdings will post ($0.70) earnings per share for the current year.

The business also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Thursday, August 31st. Investors of record on Tuesday, August 15th will be given a dividend of $0.30 per share. The ex-dividend date is Friday, August 11th. This represents a $1.20 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 4.14%. CF Industries Holdings’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is -75.47%.

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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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