NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Shares of Potash (POT)  are rising 2.57% to $17.33 this afternoon as the company prepares to report 2016 second quarter earnings on Thursday before the opening bell.

Analysts are looking for the company to report earnings of 19 cents per share on revenue of $1.18 billion.

For the 2015 second quarter, Potash reported earnings of 50 cents per share and revenue of $1.73 billion.

Recently the Canadian fertilizer producer was the focus of takeover speculation as the company's stock tumbled to historic lows, Bloomberg reported. Potash reportedly received several unsolicited bids at the end of June.

As agricultural commodity prices have fallen this year, Potash has suffered with higher production and less fertilizer spending.

Separately, TheStreet Ratings objectively rated this stock according to its "risk-adjusted" total return prospect over a 12-month investment horizon. Not based on the news in any given day, the rating may differ from Jim Cramer's view or that of this articles's author.

TheStreet Ratings rated this stock as a "hold" with a ratings score of C-.

Among the primary strengths of the company is its solid financial position based on a variety of debt and liquidity measures that we have evaluated. TheStreet Ratings also finds weaknesses including feeble growth in the company's earnings per share, deteriorating net income and disappointing return on equity.

You can view the full analysis from the report here: POT

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