Ameriprise Financial Inc. decreased its position in shares of CF Industries Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:CF) by 17.9% during the third quarter, according to its most recent Form 13F filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission. The fund owned 1,357,497 shares of the basic materials company’s stock after selling 296,898 shares during the period. Ameriprise Financial Inc. owned approximately 0.58% of CF Industries worth $47,728,000 as of its most recent filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission.

A number of other hedge funds have also recently bought and sold shares of CF. LS Investment Advisors LLC grew its holdings in CF Industries by 8.2% during the 2nd quarter. LS Investment Advisors LLC now owns 11,938 shares of the basic materials company’s stock worth $334,000 after acquiring an additional 901 shares in the last quarter. Louisiana State Employees Retirement System grew its holdings in CF Industries by 1.4% during the 2nd quarter. Louisiana State Employees Retirement System now owns 14,500 shares of the basic materials company’s stock worth $405,000 after acquiring an additional 200 shares in the last quarter. Aperio Group LLC grew its holdings in CF Industries by 7.4% during the 2nd quarter. Aperio Group LLC now owns 97,005 shares of the basic materials company’s stock worth $2,712,000 after acquiring an additional 6,722 shares in the last quarter. ING Groep NV grew its holdings in CF Industries by 86.5% during the 2nd quarter. ING Groep NV now owns 21,599 shares of the basic materials company’s stock worth $604,000 after acquiring an additional 10,016 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Sumitomo Life Insurance Co. grew its holdings in CF Industries by 4.6% during the 2nd quarter. Sumitomo Life Insurance Co. now owns 9,973 shares of the basic materials company’s stock worth $279,000 after acquiring an additional 443 shares in the last quarter.

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 sale, the director now owns 50,854 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $1,830,744. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available through the SEC website. 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 sale, the vice president now directly owns 67,232 shares in the company, valued at approximately $2,453,968. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. 1.00% of the stock is currently owned by corporate insiders.

Several research analysts have issued reports on the stock. Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of CF Industries from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $42.00 target price on the stock in a report on Tuesday, November 14th. Atlantic Securities lowered shares of 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 increased their price target on shares of CF Industries from $27.00 to $33.00 and gave the company a “market perform” rating in a research report on Wednesday, November 8th. 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 report on Friday, November 3rd. Finally, Royal Bank Of Canada increased their price target on shares of CF Industries from $27.00 to $32.00 and gave the company an “underperform” rating in a research report on Friday, November 3rd. Three investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, eight have assigned a hold rating, five have given a buy rating and one has issued a strong buy rating to the stock. The company has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $34.74.

Shares of CF Industries Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:CF) traded up $0.62 during trading hours on Friday, reaching $37.47. 2,683,600 shares of the company traded hands, compared to its average volume of 4,467,739. CF Industries Holdings, Inc. has a one year low of $25.04 and a one year high of $39.32. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.80, a quick ratio of 1.51 and a current ratio of 1.71.

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

The firm 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 annualized dividend and a yield of 3.20%. CF Industries’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is presently -65.57%.

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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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