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

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CF Industries Holdings ( CF) pushed the Chemicals industry lower today making it today's featured Chemicals laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.5%. By the end of trading, CF Industries Holdings fell $5.46 (-2.4%) to $226.19 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 2,188,021 shares of CF Industries Holdings exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 819,200 shares. The stock ranged in price between $222.32-$231.87 after having opened the day at $231.00 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $231.65. Other companies within the Chemicals industry that declined today were: Senomyx ( SNMX), down 8.0%, Braskem ( BAK), down 7.8%, Valhi ( VHI), down 3.4% and China Green Agriculture ( CGA), down 2.7%.

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 $13.3 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are down 0.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate CF Industries Holdings a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 7 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 expanding profit margins, increase in stock price during the past year, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures 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 positive front, Lightbridge ( LTBR), up 24.2%, Amyris ( AMRS), up 7.2%, Ceres ( CERE), up 6.4% and Green Plains Renewable Energy ( GPRE), up 5.5% , were all gainers within the chemicals industry with Methanex Corporation ( MEOH) being today's featured chemicals industry leader.

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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