CF Industries Holdings Inc (CF): Today's Featured Chemicals Winner

The chemicals industry closed the day down 0.2%. Pure Bioscience Inc ( PURE), Gushan Environmental Energy ( GU), Clean Diesel Technologies Inc ( CDTI), and China Green Agriculture Inc ( CGA) were all winners today within the chemicals industry with CF Industries Holdings Inc ( CF) being today's featured chemicals winner. CF Industries Holdings Inc rose $2.92 (2%) to $147.52 on light volume. Throughout the day, 1.7 million shares of CF Industries Holdings Inc exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.8 million shares.

CF Industries Holdings, Inc., through its subsidiary, CF Industries, Inc., manufactures and distributes nitrogen and phosphate fertilizer products, serving agricultural and industrial customers worldwide. It operates in two segments, Nitrogen and Phosphate. CF Industries Holdings Inc has a market cap of $10.5 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 10.3, equal to the average chemicals industry P/E ratio and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 8.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

TheStreet Ratings rates CF as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and solid stock price performance. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the growth in the company's earnings per share has not been good.

On the negative front, BioFuel Energy Corporation ( BIOF), KMG Chemicals Inc ( KMGB), Metabolix Inc ( MBLX), and Lightbridge ( LTBR) were all losers within the chemicals industry with Monsanto Company ( MON) being today's chemicals industry Loser Spotlight stock.

For investors not wanting singular stock exposure, ETFs may be of interest. Investors who are bullish on the chemicals industry could consider Materials Select Sector SPDR ( XLB) while those bearish on the chemicals industry could consider ProShares Short Basic Materials Fd ( SBM).

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