CF Industries (CF) Getting Somewhat Favorable News Coverage, Report Shows

News stories about CF Industries (NYSE:CF) have been trending somewhat positive this week, according to Accern Sentiment. The research firm scores the sentiment of press coverage by monitoring more than twenty million news and blog sources. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. CF Industries earned a media sentiment score of 0.19 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave news articles about the basic materials company an impact score of 46.3011536637069 out of 100, meaning that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the next several days.

These are some of the media headlines that may have impacted Accern Sentiment’s scoring:

Several research firms have recently commented on CF. Sanford C. Bernstein began coverage on shares of CF Industries in a report on Wednesday, February 21st. They issued an “outperform” rating for the company. Citigroup lowered shares of CF Industries from a “buy” rating to a “neutral” rating in a research note on Tuesday. 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 upgraded shares of CF Industries from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Wednesday, February 7th. Finally, TheStreet upgraded shares of CF Industries from a “c+” rating to a “b-” rating in a research note on Friday, March 9th. Four investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, twelve have assigned a hold rating, four have given a buy rating and one has assigned a strong buy rating to the stock. The company currently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $38.14.

CF Industries (NYSE:CF) traded down $0.18 during trading on Wednesday, reaching $40.20. 339,197 shares of the company traded hands, compared to its average volume of 3,347,792. CF Industries has a 52-week low of $25.04 and a 52-week high of $45.00. The firm has a market capitalization of $9,770.27, a PE ratio of 26.57, a P/E/G ratio of 5.60 and a beta of 1.01. The company has a current ratio of 2.53, a quick ratio of 2.05 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.70.

CF Industries (NYSE:CF) last announced its earnings results on Wednesday, February 14th. The basic materials company reported ($0.02) earnings per share for the quarter, topping the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of ($0.08) by $0.06. The company had revenue of $1.10 billion during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $988.91 million. CF Industries had a net margin of 8.67% and a negative return on equity of 0.92%. CF Industries’s revenue was up 26.8% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same quarter last year, the firm posted ($0.39) earnings per share. research analysts anticipate that CF Industries will post 0.93 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

The firm also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Wednesday, February 28th. Stockholders of record on Friday, February 16th were paid a $0.30 dividend. This represents a $1.20 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 2.99%. The ex-dividend date was Thursday, February 15th. CF Industries’s payout ratio is 78.95%.

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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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