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Ford Motor Company (NYSE:F) VP Sankar S. Nair sold 29,000 shares of Ford Motor Company stock on the open market in a transaction dated Thursday, August 14th. The shares were sold at an average price of $17.31, for a total transaction of $501,990.00. Following the sale, the vice president now directly owns 31,012 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $536,818. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which is available at this link.

A number of analysts have recently weighed in on F shares. Analysts at Credit Suisse initiated coverage on shares of Ford Motor Company in a research note on Wednesday. They set a “neutral” rating and a $18.00 price target on the stock. Separately, analysts at Stifel Nicolaus upgraded shares of Ford Motor Company from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note on Tuesday, August 12th. They now have a $22.00 price target on the stock. Finally, analysts at Deutsche Bank reiterated a “buy” rating on shares of Ford Motor Company in a research note on Friday, July 25th. They now have a $20.00 price target on the stock, up previously from $19.00. Nine equities research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating, twelve have issued a buy rating and one has assigned a strong buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock has an average rating of “Buy” and an average price target of $19.38.

Shares of Ford Motor Company (NYSE:F) traded down 0.69% on Friday, hitting $17.31. 20,959,568 shares of the company’s stock traded hands. Ford Motor Company has a 52-week low of $14.40 and a 52-week high of $18.12. The stock has a 50-day moving average of $17.36 and a 200-day moving average of $16.2. The company has a market cap of $67.136 billion and a P/E ratio of 10.72. Ford Motor Company also was the target of a significant increase in short interest in July. As of July 31st, there was short interest totalling 75,215,684 shares, an increase of 5.9% from the July 15th total of 71,003,193 shares. Based on an average trading volume of 33,182,110 shares, the short-interest ratio is presently 2.3 days. Approximately 1.9% of the company’s shares are sold short.

Ford Motor Company (NYSE:F) last posted its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, July 24th. The company reported $0.32 EPS for the quarter, missing the Thomson Reuters consensus estimate of $0.38 by $0.06. The company had revenue of $37.40 billion for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $38.13 billion. During the same quarter in the prior year, the company posted $0.45 earnings per share. The company’s quarterly revenue was down 1.9% on a year-over-year basis. On average, analysts predict that Ford Motor Company will post $1.33 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

The company also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which is scheduled for Tuesday, September 2nd. Investors of record on Friday, August 1st will be paid a dividend of $0.125 per share. This represents a $0.50 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 2.89%. The ex-dividend date is Wednesday, July 30th.

Ford Motor Company (NYSE:F) is a producer of automobiles.

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