CF Industries Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:CF) saw a large decline in short interest in the month of July. As of July 31st, there was short interest totalling 2,926,000 shares, a decline of 11.3% from the June 30th total of 3,298,200 shares. Currently, 1.3% of the shares of the company are short sold. Based on an average daily trading volume, of 2,420,000 shares, the days-to-cover ratio is presently 1.2 days.

Shares of CF Industries stock traded down $1.32 on Wednesday, hitting $47.57. The company’s stock had a trading volume of 636,496 shares, compared to its average volume of 2,463,504. CF Industries has a 52-week low of $38.90 and a 52-week high of $56.51. The company has a quick ratio of 1.15, a current ratio of 1.43 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.72. The business has a fifty day moving average of $48.09. The stock has a market cap of $10.77 billion, a P/E ratio of 38.36, a P/E/G ratio of 3.81 and a beta of 0.92.

CF Industries (NYSE:CF) last released its quarterly earnings data on Wednesday, July 31st. The basic materials company reported $1.28 EPS for the quarter, topping the consensus estimate of $0.81 by $0.47. The business had revenue of $1.50 billion for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $1.39 billion. CF Industries had a net margin of 9.67% and a return on equity of 7.22%. The business’s revenue for the quarter was up 15.5% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same period in the previous year, the firm earned $0.63 EPS. As a group, analysts expect that CF Industries will post 2.23 earnings per share for the current year.

The company also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, August 30th. Shareholders of record on Thursday, August 15th will be issued a $0.30 dividend. The ex-dividend date is Wednesday, August 14th. This represents a $1.20 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 2.52%. CF Industries’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is 96.77%.

CF has been the topic of a number of recent analyst reports. Citigroup upped their price target on shares of CF Industries from $48.00 to $59.00 and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a research note on Tuesday, August 6th. Cowen set a $59.00 price target on shares of CF Industries and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a research note on Friday, August 9th. UBS Group upped their price target on shares of CF Industries from $53.00 to $58.00 and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a research note on Thursday, August 1st. Barclays set a $57.00 price target on shares of CF Industries and gave the stock a “hold” rating in a research note on Friday, August 2nd. Finally, Zacks Investment Research raised shares of CF Industries from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $50.00 price target on the stock in a research note on Thursday, July 18th. Seven equities research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and nine have assigned a buy rating to the company’s stock. CF Industries has an average rating of “Buy” and a consensus target price of $53.16.

In other CF Industries news, VP Douglas C. Barnard sold 100,500 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction on Monday, August 5th. The shares were sold at an average price of $50.74, for a total value of $5,099,370.00. Following the transaction, the vice president now directly owns 37,936 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $1,924,872.64. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is accessible through this link. Also, VP Richard A. Hoker sold 3,665 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction on Monday, June 3rd. The shares were sold at an average price of $41.15, for a total transaction of $150,814.75. Following the completion of the transaction, the vice president now directly owns 63,383 shares in the company, valued at $2,608,210.45. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders sold a total of 125,765 shares of company stock worth $6,333,641 over the last three months. 2.00% of the stock is currently owned by corporate insiders.

A number of large investors have recently added to or reduced their stakes in CF. Rational Advisors LLC lifted its holdings in shares of CF Industries by 874.0% during the 1st quarter. Rational Advisors LLC now owns 711 shares of the basic materials company’s stock worth $29,000 after acquiring an additional 638 shares during the period. Community Bank N.A. acquired a new stake in CF Industries in the first quarter valued at approximately $30,000. Parallel Advisors LLC grew its position in CF Industries by 218.8% in the first quarter. Parallel Advisors LLC now owns 1,221 shares of the basic materials company’s stock valued at $50,000 after acquiring an additional 838 shares in the last quarter. Ibex Wealth Advisors acquired a new stake in CF Industries in the second quarter valued at approximately $51,000. Finally, Signaturefd LLC grew its position in CF Industries by 37.6% in the first quarter. Signaturefd LLC now owns 1,592 shares of the basic materials company’s stock valued at $65,000 after acquiring an additional 435 shares in the last quarter. Institutional investors own 93.13% of the company’s stock.

CF Industries Company Profile

CF Industries Holdings, Inc manufactures and distributes nitrogen fertilizers and other nitrogen products worldwide. Its principal nitrogen fertilizer products include ammonia, granular urea, urea ammonium nitrate solution, and ammonium nitrate. The company also offers diesel exhaust fluid, urea liquor, nitric acid, and aqua ammonia products, as well as compound fertilizer products with nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium.

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