CF Industries (CF) Earning Somewhat Favorable Press Coverage, Analysis Shows

News coverage about CF Industries (NYSE:CF) has trended somewhat positive on Friday, Accern Sentiment reports. The research firm identifies negative and positive news coverage by monitoring more than twenty million news and blog sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. CF Industries earned a media sentiment score of 0.08 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave media headlines about the basic materials company an impact score of 46.4595521926913 out of 100, meaning that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the near future.

These are some of the media headlines that may have effected Accern Sentiment’s analysis:

A number of equities analysts recently issued reports on the company. Sanford C. Bernstein assumed coverage on CF Industries in a report on Wednesday, February 21st. They set an “outperform” rating on the stock. TheStreet lowered CF Industries from a “b-” rating to a “c+” rating in a report on Wednesday, May 2nd. ValuEngine lowered CF Industries from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Monday, May 7th. Citigroup lowered CF Industries from a “buy” rating to a “neutral” rating in a report on Tuesday, March 13th. Finally, Zacks Investment Research raised CF Industries from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Wednesday, February 7th. Four research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, twelve have issued a hold rating and four have assigned a buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock currently has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $39.71.

CF traded up $0.25 during trading on Friday, reaching $41.35. The company’s stock had a trading volume of 1,973,047 shares, compared to its average volume of 3,062,124. CF Industries has a 52-week low of $25.65 and a 52-week high of $45.00. The firm has a market capitalization of $9.46 billion, a PE ratio of -165.40, a P/E/G ratio of 7.31 and a beta of 1.10. The company has a current ratio of 2.65, a quick ratio of 2.01 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.70.

CF Industries (NYSE:CF) last posted its quarterly earnings results on Wednesday, May 2nd. The basic materials company reported $0.27 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.17 by $0.10. CF Industries had a net margin of 10.96% and a negative return on equity of 0.11%. The company had revenue of $957.00 million during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $1.05 billion. During the same period last year, the firm earned $0.05 EPS. The company’s revenue for the quarter was down 7.7% on a year-over-year basis. sell-side analysts predict that CF Industries will post 0.93 EPS for the current year.

The business also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Thursday, May 31st. Stockholders of record on Tuesday, May 15th will be given a dividend of $0.30 per share. The ex-dividend date is Monday, May 14th. This represents a $1.20 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 2.90%. CF Industries’s payout ratio is -480.00%.

In other news, VP Adam L. Hall sold 15,540 shares of CF Industries stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, May 14th. The shares were sold at an average price of $40.53, for a total transaction of $629,836.20. Following the completion of the sale, the vice president now directly owns 39,566 shares in the company, valued at approximately $1,603,609.98. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is available through this hyperlink. 1.00% of the stock is currently owned by company insiders.

About CF Industries

CF Industries Holdings, Inc manufactures and distributes nitrogen fertilizers and other nitrogen products worldwide. The company operates through Ammonia, Granular Urea, UAN, AN, Other, and Phosphate segments. Its principal nitrogen fertilizer products include ammonia, granular urea, urea ammonium nitrate, and ammonium nitrate.

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