Editor's Note: TheStreet ratings do not represent the views of TheStreet's staff or its contributors. Ratings are established by computer based on metrics for performance (which includes growth, stock performance, efficiency and valuation) and risk (volatility and solvency). Companies with poor cash flow or high debt levels tend to earn lower ratings in our model NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- CF Industries Holdings (NYSE: CF) hit a new 52-week high Thursday as it is currently trading at $219.96, above its previous 52-week high of $218.25 with 525,355 shares traded as of 1:30 p.m. ET. Average volume has been 1.2 million shares over the past 30 days. CF has a market cap of $13.25 billion and is part of the basic materials sector and chemicals industry. Shares are up 45.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. 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. The company has a P/E ratio of 8.1, equal to the average chemicals industry P/E ratio and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7.
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TheStreet Ratings rates CF as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, notable return on equity, expanding profit margins, good cash flow from operations and impressive record of earnings per share growth. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results. You can view the full CF Ratings Report. See all 52-week high stocks or get investment ideas from our investment research center. FREE from Real Money's Jim Cramer: Winners and Losers Election 2012 - Steps to take NOW so you can profit no matter who is in charge! Free download now.