Marshall Wace North America L.P. acquired a new stake in CF Industries Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:CF) in the 3rd quarter, according to the company in its most recent disclosure with the Securities & Exchange Commission. The institutional investor acquired 685,532 shares of the basic materials company’s stock, valued at approximately $37,320,000. Marshall Wace North America L.P. owned 0.30% of CF Industries at the end of the most recent reporting period.

Other institutional investors have also recently added to or reduced their stakes in the company. Janus Henderson Group PLC increased its position in CF Industries by 56.4% during the 2nd quarter. Janus Henderson Group PLC now owns 1,298,152 shares of the basic materials company’s stock valued at $57,638,000 after purchasing an additional 468,073 shares during the period. Zurich Insurance Group Ltd FI increased its position in CF Industries by 160.4% during the 2nd quarter. Zurich Insurance Group Ltd FI now owns 106,176 shares of the basic materials company’s stock valued at $4,714,000 after purchasing an additional 65,407 shares during the period. Calamos Advisors LLC acquired a new stake in CF Industries during the 3rd quarter valued at approximately $220,000. NumerixS Investment Technologies Inc acquired a new stake in CF Industries during the 2nd quarter valued at approximately $824,000. Finally, Renaissance Technologies LLC increased its position in CF Industries by 86.9% during the 2nd quarter. Renaissance Technologies LLC now owns 226,900 shares of the basic materials company’s stock valued at $10,074,000 after purchasing an additional 105,500 shares during the period. 95.83% of the stock is owned by institutional investors.

In related news, Director Stephen A. Furbacher sold 3,500 shares of the stock in a transaction on Friday, November 9th. The stock was sold at an average price of $52.45, for a total value of $183,575.00. Following the transaction, the director now directly owns 50,190 shares in the company, valued at approximately $2,632,465.50. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which is available through the SEC website. 1.00% of the stock is owned by company insiders.

Shares of CF Industries stock traded up $0.30 on Friday, reaching $41.86. 51,441 shares of the company’s stock were exchanged, compared to its average volume of 3,747,797. The stock has a market capitalization of $9.82 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of -167.40, a PEG ratio of 4.43 and a beta of 1.06. CF Industries Holdings, Inc. has a 52 week low of $35.70 and a 52 week high of $56.51. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.76, a quick ratio of 1.69 and a current ratio of 2.03.

CF Industries (NYSE:CF) last posted its quarterly earnings results on Wednesday, October 31st. The basic materials company reported $0.13 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, missing analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.15 by ($0.02). CF Industries had a return on equity of 3.69% and a net margin of 16.06%. The business had revenue of $1.04 billion for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $993.94 million. During the same quarter in the previous year, the company posted ($0.39) earnings per share. CF Industries’s quarterly revenue was up 19.5% on a year-over-year basis. On average, equities research analysts forecast that CF Industries Holdings, Inc. will post 1.6 EPS for the current year.

The company also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Friday, November 30th. Investors of record on Thursday, November 15th were issued a $0.30 dividend. This represents a $1.20 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 2.87%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Wednesday, November 14th. CF Industries’s dividend payout ratio is currently -480.00%.

CF has been the subject of a number of recent analyst reports. Zacks Investment Research downgraded shares of CF Industries from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Tuesday, August 14th. Barclays initiated coverage on shares of CF Industries in a research report on Tuesday, September 4th. They set an “equal weight” rating and a $55.00 target price for the company. TheStreet raised shares of CF Industries from a “c+” rating to a “b-” rating in a research report on Thursday, September 13th. Scotiabank set a $60.00 price target on CF Industries and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a report on Monday, October 1st. Finally, Royal Bank of Canada set a $50.00 price target on CF Industries and gave the stock a “hold” rating in a report on Monday, October 1st. Nine investment analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and nine have given a buy rating to the stock. The stock currently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and a consensus target price of $51.52.

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About CF Industries

CF Industries Holdings, Inc manufactures and distributes nitrogen fertilizers and other nitrogen products worldwide. The company operates through Ammonia, Granular Urea, UAN, AN, and Other segments. Its principal nitrogen fertilizer products include ammonia, granular urea, urea ammonium nitrate, and ammonium nitrate.

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