Nomura Holdings Inc. Acquires Shares of 667,900 CF Industries Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:CF)

Nomura Holdings Inc. acquired a new stake in CF Industries Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:CF) during the 3rd quarter, according to its most recent filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission. The fund acquired 667,900 shares of the basic materials company’s stock, valued at approximately $32,793,000.

Several other large investors also recently added to or reduced their stakes in the business. Metropolitan Life Insurance Co NY increased its holdings in shares of CF Industries by 1.6% in the third quarter. Metropolitan Life Insurance Co NY now owns 33,868 shares of the basic materials company’s stock valued at $1,666,000 after purchasing an additional 521 shares during the last quarter. Man Group plc boosted its position in shares of CF Industries by 603.5% in the third quarter. Man Group plc now owns 896,974 shares of the basic materials company’s stock valued at $44,131,000 after acquiring an additional 769,471 shares during the period. Squarepoint Ops LLC boosted its position in shares of CF Industries by 960.6% in the third quarter. Squarepoint Ops LLC now owns 306,632 shares of the basic materials company’s stock valued at $15,086,000 after acquiring an additional 277,721 shares during the period. Worldquant Millennium Advisors LLC boosted its position in shares of CF Industries by 40.3% in the third quarter. Worldquant Millennium Advisors LLC now owns 1,007,426 shares of the basic materials company’s stock valued at $49,565,000 after acquiring an additional 289,590 shares during the period. Finally, Public Employees Retirement System of Ohio boosted its position in shares of CF Industries by 32.2% in the third quarter. Public Employees Retirement System of Ohio now owns 96,381 shares of the basic materials company’s stock valued at $4,742,000 after acquiring an additional 23,470 shares during the period. Hedge funds and other institutional investors own 93.71% of the company’s stock.

A number of equities research analysts have recently issued reports on CF shares. JPMorgan Chase & Co. boosted their target price on shares of CF Industries from $43.00 to $47.00 and gave the company a “neutral” rating in a research report on Thursday, September 5th. Stifel Nicolaus reduced their target price on shares of CF Industries from $48.00 to $46.00 and set a “hold” rating for the company in a research report on Friday, October 4th. Citigroup set a $57.00 target price on shares of CF Industries and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research report on Wednesday, September 18th. Royal Bank of Canada reduced their target price on shares of CF Industries from $48.00 to $44.00 and set a “sector perform” rating for the company in a research report on Friday, November 1st. Finally, ValuEngine cut shares of CF Industries from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Tuesday, December 3rd. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, nine have issued a hold rating and eight have issued a buy rating to the company’s stock. The company has an average rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $51.00.

CF traded up $0.89 on Thursday, hitting $45.45. 235,515 shares of the stock were exchanged, compared to its average volume of 1,590,703. CF Industries Holdings, Inc. has a 12 month low of $38.90 and a 12 month high of $55.15. The business has a 50-day moving average of $45.89 and a two-hundred day moving average of $47.00. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.74, a current ratio of 1.34 and a quick ratio of 1.10. The firm has a market capitalization of $9.87 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 36.60, a PEG ratio of 3.36 and a beta of 0.95.

CF Industries (NYSE:CF) last posted its quarterly earnings data on Wednesday, October 30th. The basic materials company reported $0.29 earnings per share for the quarter, missing the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.35 by ($0.06). CF Industries had a return on equity of 7.98% and a net margin of 10.42%. The firm had revenue of $1.04 billion for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $1.06 billion. During the same period in the prior year, the company earned $0.13 EPS. The company’s revenue for the quarter was down .2% compared to the same quarter last year. Equities research analysts expect that CF Industries Holdings, Inc. will post 2.25 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

The company also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Friday, November 29th. Investors of record on Friday, November 15th were given a dividend of $0.30 per share. The ex-dividend date was Thursday, November 14th. This represents a $1.20 annualized dividend and a yield of 2.64%. CF Industries’s dividend payout ratio is 96.77%.

In related news, VP Bert A. Frost sold 13,000 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction dated Thursday, November 21st. The shares were sold at an average price of $45.50, for a total transaction of $591,500.00. Following the completion of the sale, the vice president now owns 95,072 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $4,325,776. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available at the SEC website. Also, Director Stephen A. Furbacher sold 3,500 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction dated Tuesday, November 5th. The stock was sold at an average price of $47.50, for a total transaction of $166,250.00. Following the sale, the director now directly owns 49,187 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $2,336,382.50. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Corporate insiders own 2.00% of the company’s stock.

CF Industries Profile

CF Industries Holdings, Inc manufactures and distributes nitrogen fertilizers and other nitrogen products worldwide. Its principal nitrogen fertilizer products include ammonia, granular urea, urea ammonium nitrate solution, and ammonium nitrate. The company also offers diesel exhaust fluid, urea liquor, nitric acid, and aqua ammonia products, as well as compound fertilizer products with nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium.

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