CF Industries (CF) Getting Somewhat Favorable News Coverage, Accern Reports

News coverage about CF Industries (NYSE:CF) has been trending somewhat positive recently, Accern Sentiment reports. The research firm identifies positive and negative news coverage by reviewing more than 20 million news and blog sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. CF Industries earned a news impact score of 0.15 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned media stories about the basic materials company an impact score of 45.6206073902044 out of 100, meaning that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the next few days.

Here are some of the news articles that may have impacted Accern Sentiment’s analysis:

Shares of CF Industries (NYSE:CF) traded down $0.69 during trading hours on Monday, hitting $36.90. The company’s stock had a trading volume of 4,267,213 shares, compared to its average volume of 4,459,879. CF Industries has a fifty-two week low of $25.04 and a fifty-two week high of $39.32. The company has a quick ratio of 1.51, a current ratio of 1.71 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.80.

CF Industries (NYSE:CF) last announced its earnings results on Wednesday, November 1st. The basic materials company reported ($0.39) earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, missing the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of ($0.35) by ($0.04). The business had revenue of $870.00 million for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $733.63 million. CF Industries had a negative net margin of 10.95% and a negative return on equity of 2.29%. The firm’s quarterly revenue was up 27.9% on a year-over-year basis. During the same quarter last year, the firm earned $0.13 EPS. analysts anticipate that CF Industries will post -0.35 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The company also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Thursday, November 30th. Investors of record on Wednesday, November 15th were issued a $0.30 dividend. The ex-dividend date was Tuesday, November 14th. This represents a $1.20 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 3.25%. CF Industries’s payout ratio is -65.57%.

Several research firms recently commented on CF. Stephens began coverage on CF Industries in a research report on Monday. They issued a “hold” rating and a $38.00 price target for the company. Zacks Investment Research upgraded CF Industries from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $42.00 price target for the company in a research report on Tuesday, November 14th. Atlantic Securities lowered 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. Cowen boosted their target price on CF Industries from $27.00 to $33.00 and gave the company a “market perform” rating in a research report on Wednesday, November 8th. Finally, BMO Capital Markets boosted their target price on CF Industries from $38.00 to $43.00 and gave the company a “market perform” rating in a research report on Friday, November 3rd. Three investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, nine have assigned a hold rating, five have assigned a buy rating and one has issued a strong buy rating to the company. CF Industries has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $34.95.

In related news, VP Bert A. Frost sold 7,500 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Tuesday, November 21st. The stock was sold at an average price of $36.50, 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 $2,453,968. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through the SEC website. Also, Director Stephen A. Furbacher sold 3,500 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Tuesday, November 21st. The shares were sold at an average price of $36.00, for a total value 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. 1.00% of the stock is currently owned by insiders.

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About CF Industries

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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