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 was unchanged today. By the end of trading, CF Industries Holdings rose $4.97 (2.0%) to $255.87 on average volume. Throughout the day, 1,350,240 shares of CF Industries Holdings exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 941,000 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $252.54-$256.99 after having opened the day at $253.01 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $250.90. Other companies within the Chemicals industry that increased today were: BioFuel Energy Corporation ( BIOF), up 16.5%, Pacific Ethanol ( PEIX), up 9.9%, Lightbridge ( LTBR), up 7.4% and Amyris ( AMRS), up 5.0%.

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 $14.3 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are up 7.7% 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 largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, expanding profit margins, solid stock price performance and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat weak growth in earnings per share.

On the negative front, GSE ( GSE), down 13.9%, Senomyx ( SNMX), down 7.3%, Ceres ( CERE), down 5.6% and Methes Energies International ( MEIL), down 5.0% , were all laggards within the chemicals industry with E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company ( DD) 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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