CVR Partners, LP (NYSE:UAN) shares saw an uptick in trading volume on Monday . 1,851,621 shares were traded during mid-day trading, an increase of 427% from the previous session’s volume of 351,274 shares.The stock last traded at $3.56 and had previously closed at $3.51.

Several research firms recently commented on UAN. Zacks Investment Research cut CVR Partners from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a report on Tuesday, August 29th. Cowen reiterated a “hold” rating on shares of CVR Partners in a research report on Tuesday, September 26th. Finally, ValuEngine upgraded CVR Partners from a “strong sell” rating to a “sell” rating in a research report on Friday, September 1st. Three equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, one has issued a hold rating and one has given a buy rating to the stock. The company currently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $5.50.

The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.08, a current ratio of 2.02 and a quick ratio of 1.22.

CVR Partners (NYSE:UAN) last issued its quarterly earnings data on Wednesday, November 1st. The basic materials company reported ($0.28) earnings per share for the quarter, missing the consensus estimate of ($0.10) by ($0.18). The business had revenue of $69.40 million during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $82.51 million. CVR Partners had a negative return on equity of 9.91% and a negative net margin of 17.75%. The company’s revenue was down 11.6% on a year-over-year basis. During the same quarter in the previous year, the company posted ($0.12) earnings per share. analysts forecast that CVR Partners, LP will post -0.55 EPS for the current fiscal year.

In related news, major shareholder Gso Capital Partners Lp sold 1,900,000 shares of the stock in a transaction that occurred on Thursday, December 7th. The stock was sold at an average price of $3.00, for a total value of $5,700,000.00. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available through this hyperlink.

Several institutional investors and hedge funds have recently added to or reduced their stakes in UAN. Virtu KCG Holdings LLC boosted its position in shares of CVR Partners by 47.0% during the second quarter. Virtu KCG Holdings LLC now owns 47,458 shares of the basic materials company’s stock worth $166,000 after buying an additional 15,174 shares during the period. Citigroup Inc. acquired a new stake in shares of CVR Partners in the second quarter valued at $263,000. Wells Fargo & Company MN raised its stake in shares of CVR Partners by 13.5% in the second quarter. Wells Fargo & Company MN now owns 97,099 shares of the basic materials company’s stock valued at $339,000 after acquiring an additional 11,581 shares in the last quarter. Leucadia National Corp acquired a new stake in shares of CVR Partners in the second quarter valued at $349,000. Finally, GSA Capital Partners LLP acquired a new stake in shares of CVR Partners in the third quarter valued at $417,000. Institutional investors and hedge funds own 22.21% of the company’s stock.

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About CVR Partners

CVR Partners, LP is a limited partnership formed by CVR Energy, Inc (CVR Energy) to own, operate and grow its nitrogen fertilizer business. The Company produces and distributes nitrogen fertilizer products, which are used by farmers to manage the yield and quality of their crops. As of December 31, 2016, the Company produced its nitrogen fertilizer products at two manufacturing facilities, located in Coffeyville, Kansas and East Dubuque, Illinois.

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