CF Industries Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:CF)’s share price reached a new 52-week high during trading on Tuesday . The company traded as high as $42.86 and last traded at $41.71, with a volume of 5559600 shares. The stock had previously closed at $41.25.

A number of equities analysts recently commented on CF shares. Zacks Investment Research raised shares of CF Industries from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Friday, October 13th. Royal Bank of Canada boosted their price objective on shares of CF Industries from $23.00 to $27.00 and gave the company an “underperform” rating in a research report on Tuesday, October 17th. Piper Jaffray Companies reissued a “hold” rating and issued a $28.00 price objective on shares of CF Industries in a research report on Tuesday, September 5th. assumed coverage on shares of CF Industries in a research report on Wednesday, October 11th. They issued a “hold” rating and a $36.30 price objective for the company. Finally, Atlantic Securities cut shares of CF Industries from a “neutral” rating to an “underweight” rating in a research report on Tuesday, November 14th. They noted that the move was a valuation call. Three analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, ten have assigned a hold rating, four have given a buy rating and one has issued a strong buy rating to the company. CF Industries presently has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $34.95.

The firm has a market cap of $9,729.27, a PE ratio of -22.79 and a beta of 1.16. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.80, a quick ratio of 1.51 and a current ratio of 1.71.

CF Industries (NYSE:CF) last posted its quarterly earnings results on Wednesday, November 1st. The basic materials company reported ($0.39) EPS for the quarter, missing the consensus estimate of ($0.35) by ($0.04). CF Industries 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 during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $733.63 million. During the same quarter in the prior year, the firm posted $0.13 EPS. The company’s revenue for the quarter was up 27.9% compared to the same quarter last year. analysts anticipate that CF Industries Holdings, Inc. will post -0.35 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The firm also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Thursday, November 30th. Stockholders of record on Wednesday, November 15th were issued a $0.30 dividend. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Tuesday, November 14th. This represents a $1.20 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 2.88%. CF Industries’s dividend payout ratio is currently -65.57%.

In other news, VP Bert A. Frost sold 7,500 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction dated Tuesday, November 21st. The shares were sold at an average price of $36.50, for a total value of $273,750.00. Following the completion of the sale, the vice president now owns 67,232 shares in the company, valued at approximately $2,453,968. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which is available at the SEC website. Also, Director Stephen A. Furbacher sold 3,500 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction dated Tuesday, November 21st. The shares were sold at an average price of $36.00, for a total transaction of $126,000.00. Following the completion of the sale, the director now owns 50,854 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $1,830,744. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders own 1.00% of the company’s stock.

Hedge funds and other institutional investors have recently bought and sold shares of the stock. Parametric Portfolio Associates LLC increased its stake in CF Industries by 2.0% during the 3rd quarter. Parametric Portfolio Associates LLC now owns 944,519 shares of the basic materials company’s stock valued at $33,209,000 after purchasing an additional 18,275 shares in the last quarter. Steward Partners Investment Advisory LLC acquired a new position in CF Industries during the 3rd quarter valued at approximately $183,000. IFM Investors Pty Ltd acquired a new position in CF Industries during the 3rd quarter valued at approximately $252,000. TT International acquired a new position in CF Industries during the 3rd quarter valued at approximately $1,144,000. Finally, Point72 Asset Management L.P. acquired a new position in CF Industries during the 3rd quarter valued at approximately $14,767,000.

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CF Industries 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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