Bp Plc lifted its holdings in CF Industries Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:CF) by 140.7% during the 4th quarter, HoldingsChannel.com reports. The institutional investor owned 65,000 shares of the basic materials company’s stock after purchasing an additional 38,000 shares during the period. Bp Plc’s holdings in CF Industries were worth $2,764,000 at the end of the most recent quarter.

Several other hedge funds and other institutional investors have also modified their holdings of CF. Saratoga Research & Investment Management purchased a new stake in shares of CF Industries in the third quarter worth approximately $108,000. Delphi Private Advisors LLC purchased a new stake in shares of CF Industries in the fourth quarter worth approximately $144,000. Stuart Chaussee & Associates Inc. purchased a new stake in shares of CF Industries in the fourth quarter worth approximately $144,000. Steward Partners Investment Advisory LLC purchased a new stake in shares of CF Industries in the third quarter worth approximately $183,000. Finally, Greenwood Capital Associates LLC purchased a new stake in shares of CF Industries in the third quarter worth approximately $201,000.

CF Industries Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:CF) opened at $37.62 on Friday. CF Industries Holdings, Inc. has a 52 week low of $25.04 and a 52 week high of $43.98. The stock has a market capitalization of $8,737.92, a P/E ratio of -20.56, a P/E/G ratio of 18.21 and a beta of 1.03. The company has a quick ratio of 1.51, a current ratio of 1.71 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.80.

The company also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Wednesday, February 28th. Investors of record on Friday, February 16th will be paid a $0.30 dividend. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Thursday, February 15th. This represents a $1.20 annualized dividend and a yield of 3.19%. CF Industries’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is currently -65.57%.

Several equities research analysts have recently weighed in on CF shares. Royal Bank of Canada increased their price target on CF Industries from $23.00 to $27.00 and gave the stock an “underperform” rating in a report on Tuesday, October 17th. Zacks Investment Research upgraded CF Industries from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $42.00 price target on the stock in a report on Wednesday, October 25th. BMO Capital Markets increased their price target on CF Industries from $38.00 to $43.00 and gave the stock a “market perform” rating in a report on Friday, November 3rd. Cowen increased their price target on CF Industries from $27.00 to $33.00 and gave the stock a “market perform” rating in a report on Wednesday, November 8th. Finally, Atlantic Securities downgraded CF Industries from a “neutral” rating to an “underweight” rating in a report on Tuesday, November 14th. They noted that the move was a valuation call. Three research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, ten have assigned a hold rating, three have given a buy rating and one has issued a strong buy rating to the stock. The company has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $35.74.

In related news, VP Bert A. Frost sold 7,500 shares of the stock in a transaction that occurred on Tuesday, November 21st. The stock was sold at an average price of $36.50, for a total value of $273,750.00. Following the transaction, the vice president now owns 67,232 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $2,453,968. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which can be accessed through the SEC website. Also, Director Stephen A. Furbacher sold 3,500 shares of the stock in a transaction that occurred on Tuesday, November 21st. The stock was sold at an average price of $36.00, for a total value of $126,000.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the director now directly owns 50,854 shares in the company, valued at approximately $1,830,744. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. 1.00% of the stock is owned by corporate insiders.

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CF Industries 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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Institutional Ownership by Quarter for CF Industries (NYSE:CF)

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