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

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CF Industries Holdings ( CF) pushed the Chemicals industry higher today making it today's featured chemicals winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.3%. By the end of trading, CF Industries Holdings rose $6.43 (2.8%) to $239.99 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 1,479,544 shares of CF Industries Holdings exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 761,900 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $233.00-$241.66 after having opened the day at $233.25 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $233.56. Other companies within the Chemicals industry that increased today were: Synthesis Energy Sys ( SYMX), up 8.3%, Amyris ( AMRS), up 7.1%, Pacific Ethanol ( PEIX), up 5.6% and Methes Energies International ( MEIL), up 5.4%.

CF Industries Holdings, Inc. manufactures and distributes nitrogen and phosphate fertilizer products worldwide. It operates in two segments, Nitrogen and Phosphate. CF Industries Holdings has a market cap of $13.2 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 8.7, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 0.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate CF Industries Holdings a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 9 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates CF Industries Holdings 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, expanding profit margins, increase in stock price during the past year and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

On the negative front, GSE ( GSE), down 5.5%, Metabolix ( MBLX), down 3.6%, China Green Agriculture ( CGA), down 3.1% and WD-40 Company ( WDFC), down 2.9% , were all laggards within the chemicals industry with Williams Partners ( WPZ) being today's chemicals industry laggard.

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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