Media coverage about CF Industries Holdings (NYSE:CF) has trended somewhat positive recently, according to Alpha One Sentiment Analysis. Alpha One, a unit of Accern, rates the sentiment of media coverage by monitoring more than 20 million blog and news sources. Alpha One ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. CF Industries Holdings earned a media sentiment score of 0.09 on Alpha One’s scale. Alpha One also gave press coverage about the basic materials company an impact score of 82 out of 100, meaning that recent media coverage is very likely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the next several days.

These are some of the news stories that may have effected Alpha One Sentiment’s scoring:

Insider Buying and Selling by Quarter for CF Industries Holdings (NYSE:CF)

CF Industries Holdings (NYSE:CF) traded up 3.10% during midday trading on Friday, hitting $27.58. 4,027,496 shares of the company traded hands. The stock has a 50 day moving average of $27.35 and a 200 day moving average of $30.17. The stock’s market cap is $6.43 billion. CF Industries Holdings has a 12-month low of $20.77 and a 12-month high of $37.17.

CF Industries Holdings (NYSE:CF) last released its earnings results on Wednesday, May 3rd. The basic materials company reported $0.05 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, missing analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.09 by $0.04. The firm had revenue of $1.04 billion for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $988.56 million. CF Industries Holdings had a positive return on equity of 0.41% and a negative net margin of 8.77%. CF Industries Holdings’s revenue was up 3.3% on a year-over-year basis. During the same period in the previous year, the firm earned $0.40 earnings per share. Equities research analysts predict that CF Industries Holdings will post ($0.17) EPS for the current fiscal year.

The company also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Wednesday, May 31st. Investors of record on Monday, May 15th were issued a dividend of $0.30 per share. This represents a $1.20 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 4.35%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Thursday, May 11th. CF Industries Holdings’s payout ratio is currently -85.71%.

A number of equities analysts have recently weighed in on CF shares. Royal Bank Of Canada set a $25.00 price target on shares of CF Industries Holdings and gave the stock a “sell” rating in a research note on Saturday, June 10th. BidaskClub raised shares of CF Industries Holdings from a “strong sell” rating to a “sell” rating in a research note on Saturday, June 10th. Credit Suisse Group set a $31.00 price target on shares of CF Industries Holdings and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a research note on Sunday, May 28th. BMO Capital Markets set a $35.00 price target on shares of CF Industries Holdings and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a research note on Tuesday, June 6th. Finally, Barclays PLC reaffirmed an “equal weight” rating and set a $31.00 price target (down from $32.00) on shares of CF Industries Holdings in a research note on Sunday, May 28th. Four analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, four have assigned a hold rating, five have given a buy rating and one has issued a strong buy rating to the stock. CF Industries Holdings has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $31.92.

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CF Industries Holdings Company Profile

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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