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5-Star Stocks Poised to Pop: CF Industries

Based on the aggregated intelligence of 170,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, fertilizer supplier CF Industries (NYSE: CF  ) has earned a coveted five-star ranking.

With that in mind, let's take a closer look at CF's business and see what CAPS investors are saying about the stock right now.

CF facts

Headquarters (founded)

Deerfield, Ill. (1946)

Market Cap

$10.8 billion

Industry

Fertilizers and agricultural chemicals

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$3.23 billion

Management

Chairman/CEO Stephen Wilson

Vice President Douglas Barnard

Return on Equity (average, past 3 years)

31.5%

Cash/Debt

$648.4 million / $2.26 billion

Competitors

Agrium (NYSE: AGU  )

PotashCorp (NYSE: POT  )

Sources: Capital IQ (a division of Standard & Poor's) and Motley Fool CAPS.

On CAPS, 96% of the 1,101 members who have rated CF believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include Nostrademous and All-Star leohaas, who is ranked in the top 5% of our community.

Late last year, Nostrademous touched on the tasty tailwind working in CF's favor: "Agriculture is going up up up in 2011 and these guys are a prime player in the fertilizer business."

Currently, CF even sports a cheapish forward P/E of 12.1. That's a discount to fertilizer foes Agrium (12.5) and PotashCorp (17.7), as well as other big agriculture plays such as DuPont (NYSE: DD  ) (13.2), Monsanto (NYSE: MON  ) (22.4), and Mosaic (NYSE: MOS  ) (17.0).

CAPS All-Star leohaas elaborates on the bull case:

The need for food in this world will only increase with increasing population and with developing nations getting richer. On top of that, good land is now being used to grow corn and sugar for ethanol and soy beans for bio diesel. All that land needs to be fertilized; hence my thumbs up on some of the best-known fertilizer producers.

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