Aperio Group LLC lifted its position in CF Industries Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:CF) by 8.1% during the 4th quarter, Holdings Channel reports. The firm owned 113,214 shares of the basic materials company’s stock after acquiring an additional 8,511 shares during the quarter. Aperio Group LLC’s holdings in CF Industries were worth $4,816,000 at the end of the most recent reporting period.

Several other hedge funds have also recently modified their holdings of the company. Boston Partners increased its holdings in shares of CF Industries by 14.5% in the fourth quarter. Boston Partners now owns 112,605 shares of the basic materials company’s stock worth $4,790,000 after purchasing an additional 14,256 shares during the last quarter. Highstreet Asset Management Inc. bought a new stake in shares of CF Industries in the fourth quarter worth about $815,000. Parametrica Management Ltd bought a new stake in shares of CF Industries in the fourth quarter worth about $229,000. Delphi Private Advisors LLC bought a new stake in CF Industries during the fourth quarter worth approximately $144,000. Finally, Dupont Capital Management Corp increased its stake in CF Industries by 2,221.4% during the fourth quarter. Dupont Capital Management Corp now owns 50,073 shares of the basic materials company’s stock worth $2,130,000 after acquiring an additional 47,916 shares during the last quarter.

In other CF Industries news, Director Stephen A. Furbacher sold 3,500 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Tuesday, November 21st. The stock was sold at an average price of $36.00, for a total transaction of $126,000.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the director now owns 50,854 shares in the company, valued at $1,830,744. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through this link. Also, VP Bert A. Frost sold 7,500 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Tuesday, November 21st. The shares were 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 approximately $2,453,968. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. 1.00% of the stock is owned by insiders.

Several equities research analysts have weighed in on CF shares. Zacks Investment Research raised CF Industries from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $42.00 price objective on the stock in a research note on Wednesday, October 25th. Royal Bank of Canada boosted their price objective on CF Industries from $27.00 to $32.00 and gave the stock an “underperform” rating in a research note on Friday, November 3rd. BMO Capital Markets boosted their price objective on CF Industries from $38.00 to $43.00 and gave the stock a “market perform” rating in a research note on Friday, November 3rd. Cowen boosted their price objective on CF Industries from $27.00 to $33.00 and gave the stock a “market perform” rating in a research note on Wednesday, November 8th. Finally, Atlantic Securities cut CF Industries from a “neutral” rating to an “underweight” rating in a research note on Tuesday, November 14th. They noted that the move was a valuation call. Three equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, ten have given a hold rating, three have given a buy rating and one has given a strong buy rating to the company’s stock. CF Industries presently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $35.74.

CF Industries Holdings, Inc. (CF) opened at $39.66 on Thursday. CF Industries Holdings, Inc. has a 12-month low of $25.04 and a 12-month high of $43.98. 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 announced its earnings results on Wednesday, February 14th. The basic materials company reported ($0.02) earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of ($0.08) by $0.06. CF Industries had a negative return on equity of 2.29% and a negative net margin of 10.95%. The business had revenue of $1.10 billion during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $988.91 million. During the same quarter in the previous year, the business earned ($0.39) earnings per share. The company’s revenue for the quarter was up 26.8% compared to the same quarter last year. analysts anticipate that CF Industries Holdings, Inc. will post -0.34 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

The firm also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Wednesday, February 28th. Shareholders of record on Friday, February 16th will be given a dividend of $0.30 per share. The ex-dividend date is Thursday, February 15th. This represents a $1.20 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 3.03%. CF Industries’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is presently -65.57%.

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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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