Media stories about CF Industries (NYSE:CF) have trended somewhat positive recently, Accern reports. The research firm ranks the sentiment of news coverage by analyzing more than twenty million news and blog sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. CF Industries earned a news impact score of 0.17 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave media stories about the basic materials company an impact score of 46.1887726025169 out of 100, indicating that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the near term.

These are some of the media stories that may have effected Accern Sentiment’s scoring:

CF Industries (NYSE:CF) traded up $0.07 during mid-day trading on Friday, reaching $41.09. The company had a trading volume of 4,891,506 shares, compared to its average volume of 3,184,050. The company has a current ratio of 1.71, a quick ratio of 1.51 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.80. CF Industries has a fifty-two week low of $25.04 and a fifty-two week high of $41.80.

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

The business also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Thursday, November 30th. Shareholders of record on Wednesday, November 15th were paid a dividend of $0.30 per share. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Tuesday, November 14th. This represents a $1.20 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 2.92%. CF Industries’s dividend payout ratio is presently -65.57%.

A number of brokerages have recently commented on CF. Stephens started coverage on CF Industries in a research report on Monday, December 4th. They issued an “equal weight” rating and a $38.00 price target on the stock. Cowen upped their price objective on 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 reaffirmed an “outperform” rating and issued a $38.00 price objective (up from $35.00) on shares of CF Industries in a research report on Friday, October 6th. UBS reaffirmed a “buy” rating and issued a $40.00 price objective (up from $33.00) on shares of CF Industries in a research report on Wednesday, October 4th. Finally, Zacks Investment Research cut CF Industries from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Friday, November 10th. Three analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, ten have assigned a hold rating, four have given a buy rating and one has given a strong buy rating to the company’s stock. CF Industries presently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $34.95.

In other news, Director Stephen A. Furbacher sold 3,500 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction on Tuesday, November 21st. The stock was sold at an average price of $36.00, for a total value of $126,000.00. Following the completion of the sale, the director now directly owns 50,854 shares in the company, valued at approximately $1,830,744. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available at the SEC website. Also, VP Bert A. Frost sold 7,500 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction on Tuesday, November 21st. The stock was sold at an average price of $36.50, for a total value of $273,750.00. Following the completion of the sale, the vice president now owns 67,232 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $2,453,968. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. 1.00% of the stock is currently owned by insiders.

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CF Industries 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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