Is CF Industries Holdings, Inc. (CF) Running Out of Gas?

CF Industries Holdings, Inc. (CF) shares saw a recent bid of $26.75 and 3.49M shares have exchanged hands in the recent trading session, yielding a -0.07% decline over the past week. The stock price decreased -2.27% or $0.62 versus $27.37 at the end of the prior session. This change led market cap to move at $6.24B, putting the price -28.03% below the 52-week high and 28.79% above the 52-week low. The company’s stock has a normal trading capacity of 4.62M shares while the relative volume is 0.76.

To stay one step ahead we extended our research by comparing different price targets. The stock notched a 12-month high of $30.24 while $40.00 target is by far the most aggressive out of analysts who are currently evaluating the company, $9.76 higher than the next highest 52-week price estimate. The lowest 12-month price target for the shares is $24.00, which would be decrease of about -10% of its current value. The mean target of $31.00 should be compared with the price when the stock was languishing around $20.77 a share. And it remains to be seen which target price CF can achieve without sacrificing much as the company is holding a -3.36% fall for the past twelve months.

By historical standards, CF Industries Holdings, Inc. remains a cheap stock. The company’s current price-earnings ratio amounts above the average P/E ratio of 25.92 times earnings. For now, CF Industries Holdings, Inc. is the toast of Wall Street as its ABR stands at 2.50 with 3 out of 17 analysts rating the stock a buy. Over the short term, some market observers may have noticed that CF Industries Holdings, Inc. has a 14.39% short float with 15 days to cover. It becomes significant when you consider how many shares are shorted versus the average daily volume, means how many days to cover those short shares at that volume. CF Industries Holdings, Inc. has far performed well this year, with the share price down -15.03% since January. Over the past 2 quarters, the stock is down -5.84%, compared with a fall of nearly -6.83% for 3 months and about -4.70% for the past 30 days.

Last time, the company shocked Wall Street by reporting EPS of $0.05, smashing the consensus of $0.02 per share. Revenue for the quarter also did not kill consensus, coming in at $1.04B, compared to the consensus of 997.24M. Nonetheless, from here on out, earnings per share forecasts for the current quarter are $0.07. The company is expected to report EPS as high as $0.24 and as low as $-0.09 per share. Similarly, full-year EPS forecasts have ranged between $-0.57 and $0.51. The mean EPS estimate is $-0.17. On the other side, sales forecasts for the current quarter are $1.11B. The stock is expected to report revenue as high as $1.17B and as low as $1.04B per share. Similarly, full-year sales forecasts have ranged between $3.97B and $4.51B. The mean revenue estimate is $4.13B.

Over the last 5 years, CF Industries Holdings, Inc. has averaged a -17.80% YoY EPS growth rate and a -9.60% revenue growth rate. Analysts are expecting EPS growth rates to be at -140.10% this quarter and EPS estimate for next year reflect 505.90% growth rate.

Sell-side analysts also have something to say about this company. Citigroup raised its rating on CF Industries Holdings, Inc. to Buy on 08/05/2017 in a reversal from its prior Neutral rating. UBS raised its rating on CF Industries Holdings, Inc. to Buy on 05/05/2017 in a reversal from its prior Neutral rating. RBC Capital Mkts analysts stated on 05/05/2017 that they maintained their Underperform rating. RBC Capital Mkts analysts stated on 18/04/2017 that they maintained their Underperform rating.

Is CF Industries Holdings, Inc. (CF) Running Out of Gas? was last modified: June 16th, 2017 by Tiller Blare
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