CF Industries (CF) Receiving Somewhat Favorable Media Coverage, Report Finds

News headlines about CF Industries (NYSE:CF) have been trending somewhat positive recently, according to Accern. The research group identifies negative and positive press coverage by monitoring 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 nearest to one being the most favorable. CF Industries earned a coverage optimism score of 0.23 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave press coverage about the basic materials company an impact score of 47.526246350045 out of 100, indicating that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the immediate future.

Shares of CF Industries (NYSE:CF) traded down $0.25 during trading on Tuesday, reaching $42.47. 3,157,925 shares of the company’s stock traded hands, compared to its average volume of 2,398,517. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.80, a current ratio of 1.71 and a quick ratio of 1.51. The stock has a market capitalization of $9,910.00, a price-to-earnings ratio of -23.21, a P/E/G ratio of 32.75 and a beta of 1.21. CF Industries has a one year low of $25.04 and a one year high of $43.98.

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 analysts’ consensus estimates 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 return on equity of 2.29% and a negative net margin of 10.95%. The business’s revenue was up 27.9% on a year-over-year basis. During the same quarter last year, the business posted $0.13 earnings per share. sell-side analysts predict that CF Industries will post -0.35 earnings per share for the current year.

Several equities analysts have commented on the stock. Royal Bank of Canada increased their price target on shares of CF Industries from $23.00 to $27.00 and gave the company an “underperform” rating in a research note on Tuesday, October 17th. Atlantic Securities lowered shares of 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. Zacks Investment Research lowered shares of CF Industries from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Friday, November 10th. BMO Capital Markets increased their price target on shares of CF Industries from $38.00 to $43.00 and gave the company a “market perform” rating in a research note on Friday, November 3rd. Finally, Piper Jaffray Companies set a $28.00 price target on shares of CF Industries and gave the company a “hold” rating in a research note on Friday, October 6th. Three equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, ten have assigned a hold rating, four have issued a buy rating and one has assigned a strong buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock currently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $35.35.

In other news, Director Stephen A. Furbacher sold 3,500 shares of the firm’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 transaction of $126,000.00. Following the transaction, the director now directly owns 50,854 shares in the company, valued at $1,830,744. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is accessible through this hyperlink. Also, VP Bert A. Frost sold 7,500 shares of the firm’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 transaction of $273,750.00. Following the transaction, the vice president now owns 67,232 shares in the company, valued at $2,453,968. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Company insiders own 1.00% of the company’s stock.

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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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