CF Industries Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:CF) was the recipient of a large decline in short interest in August. As of August 31st, there was short interest totalling 31,399,588 shares, a decline of 7.9% from the August 15th total of 34,096,644 shares. Approximately 13.5% of the shares of the company are sold short. Based on an average daily trading volume, of 2,853,864 shares, the short-interest ratio is currently 11.0 days.

In other news, VP Bert A. Frost sold 6,400 shares of CF Industries Holdings stock in a transaction dated Monday, August 7th. The stock was sold at an average price of $31.53, for a total transaction of $201,792.00. Following the transaction, the vice president now directly owns 59,732 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $1,883,349.96. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which can be accessed through this link. 1.00% of the stock is owned by insiders.

A number of hedge funds have recently modified their holdings of CF. ARGI Investment Services LLC lifted its position in shares of CF Industries Holdings by 0.3% in the first quarter. ARGI Investment Services LLC now owns 31,321 shares of the basic materials company’s stock valued at $919,000 after acquiring an additional 100 shares in the last quarter. Pacer Advisors Inc. lifted its position in shares of CF Industries Holdings by 3.3% in the first quarter. Pacer Advisors Inc. now owns 4,293 shares of the basic materials company’s stock valued at $126,000 after acquiring an additional 137 shares in the last quarter. Contravisory Investment Management Inc. lifted its position in shares of CF Industries Holdings by 2.0% in the second quarter. Contravisory Investment Management Inc. now owns 7,803 shares of the basic materials company’s stock valued at $218,000 after acquiring an additional 153 shares in the last quarter. Sentry Investment Management LLC lifted its position in shares of CF Industries Holdings by 1.0% in the second quarter. Sentry Investment Management LLC now owns 16,879 shares of the basic materials company’s stock valued at $472,000 after acquiring an additional 160 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Louisiana State Employees Retirement System lifted its position in shares of CF Industries Holdings by 1.4% in the second quarter. Louisiana State Employees Retirement System now owns 14,500 shares of the basic materials company’s stock valued at $405,000 after acquiring an additional 200 shares in the last quarter.

A number of research analysts have recently weighed in on CF shares. Barclays PLC reaffirmed an “equal weight” rating and set a $31.00 price objective (down from $32.00) on shares of CF Industries Holdings in a research report on Sunday, May 28th. Credit Suisse Group set a $31.00 price objective on CF Industries Holdings and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research report on Sunday, May 28th. BMO Capital Markets set a $35.00 price objective on CF Industries Holdings and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research report on Tuesday, June 6th. BidaskClub raised CF Industries Holdings from a “strong sell” rating to a “sell” rating in a research report on Saturday, June 10th. Finally, Royal Bank Of Canada set a $25.00 price objective on CF Industries Holdings and gave the company a “sell” rating in a research report on Saturday, June 10th. Three equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, seven have issued a hold rating, five have given a buy rating and one has assigned a strong buy rating to the company’s stock. The company has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $32.23.

Shares of CF Industries Holdings (NYSE CF) opened at 35.96 on Friday. The company’s market cap is $8.39 billion. The firm has a 50-day moving average price of $30.68 and a 200-day moving average price of $28.91. CF Industries Holdings has a 1-year low of $22.00 and a 1-year high of $37.17.

CF Industries Holdings (NYSE:CF) last issued its quarterly earnings results on Wednesday, August 2nd. The basic materials company reported $0.10 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, topping analysts’ consensus estimates of ($0.08) by $0.18. The company had revenue of $1.12 billion for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $1.06 billion. CF Industries Holdings had a negative return on equity of 0.40% and a negative net margin of 9.98%. CF Industries Holdings’s revenue for the quarter was down .9% on a year-over-year basis. During the same quarter in the prior year, the business posted $0.33 earnings per share. On average, equities analysts expect that CF Industries Holdings will post ($0.69) EPS for the current year.

The firm also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Thursday, August 31st. Shareholders of record on Tuesday, August 15th were given a dividend of $0.30 per share. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Friday, August 11th. This represents a $1.20 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 3.34%. CF Industries Holdings’s dividend payout ratio is currently -75.47%.

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About CF Industries Holdings

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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