Ford Motor (NYSE:F) saw a large decline in short interest in the month of December. As of December 29th, there was short interest totalling 111,379,314 shares, a decline of 9.9% from the December 15th total of 123,632,143 shares. Currently, 2.9% of the shares of the company are sold short. Based on an average daily volume of 18,641,774 shares, the days-to-cover ratio is presently 6.0 days.

Several analysts have recently weighed in on F shares. Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of Ford Motor from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $14.00 target price on the stock in a research report on Tuesday, December 26th. Morgan Stanley reiterated an “equal weight” rating on shares of Ford Motor in a research report on Tuesday, November 28th. Vetr upgraded shares of Ford Motor from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $13.34 target price on the stock in a research report on Wednesday, October 4th. ValuEngine upgraded shares of Ford Motor from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research report on Monday, October 2nd. Finally, Royal Bank of Canada restated a “sector perform” rating and issued a $13.00 price target on shares of Ford Motor in a research report on Monday, October 16th. Two analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, thirteen have issued a hold rating and eight have given a buy rating to the company’s stock. The company currently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $12.66.

In other news, insider Steven R. Armstrong sold 10,752 shares of Ford Motor stock in a transaction dated Wednesday, December 6th. The shares were sold at an average price of $12.32, for a total transaction of $132,464.64. Following the sale, the insider now directly owns 101,159 shares in the company, valued at approximately $1,246,278.88. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which is available through this hyperlink. Also, insider Hau N. Thai-Tang sold 18,000 shares of Ford Motor stock in a transaction dated Thursday, January 4th. The shares were sold at an average price of $13.00, for a total transaction of $234,000.00. Following the sale, the insider now owns 14,358 shares in the company, valued at $186,654. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. In the last 90 days, insiders have sold 47,752 shares of company stock worth $603,965. Insiders own 1.08% of the company’s stock.

Several hedge funds and other institutional investors have recently made changes to their positions in F. Hanson McClain Inc. raised its stake in shares of Ford Motor by 7.3% in the second quarter. Hanson McClain Inc. now owns 29,681 shares of the auto manufacturer’s stock worth $332,000 after acquiring an additional 2,025 shares during the last quarter. Cutter & CO Brokerage Inc. raised its stake in shares of Ford Motor by 2.6% in the second quarter. Cutter & CO Brokerage Inc. now owns 24,249 shares of the auto manufacturer’s stock worth $271,000 after acquiring an additional 604 shares during the last quarter. Robertson Stephens Advisors LLC bought a new position in shares of Ford Motor in the second quarter worth about $180,000. Prudential Financial Inc. raised its stake in shares of Ford Motor by 0.7% in the second quarter. Prudential Financial Inc. now owns 12,254,295 shares of the auto manufacturer’s stock worth $137,125,000 after acquiring an additional 89,640 shares during the last quarter. Finally, American Asset Management Inc. raised its stake in shares of Ford Motor by 4.9% in the second quarter. American Asset Management Inc. now owns 22,418 shares of the auto manufacturer’s stock worth $251,000 after acquiring an additional 1,053 shares during the last quarter. 53.60% of the stock is owned by institutional investors.

Ford Motor (NYSE F) opened at $13.23 on Tuesday. The company has a market cap of $52,550.00, a PE ratio of 12.03, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 0.81 and a beta of 1.26. Ford Motor has a 12-month low of $10.47 and a 12-month high of $13.29. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 2.94, a current ratio of 1.19 and a quick ratio of 1.08.

Ford Motor (NYSE:F) last released its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, October 26th. The auto manufacturer reported $0.43 EPS for the quarter, beating the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.33 by $0.10. The firm had revenue of $33.65 billion for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $32.80 billion. Ford Motor had a net margin of 2.91% and a return on equity of 21.62%. The company’s revenue for the quarter was up .9% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same period in the previous year, the business earned $0.26 earnings per share. equities research analysts predict that Ford Motor will post 1.81 EPS for the current year.

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About Ford Motor

Ford Motor Company is a global automotive and mobility company. The Company’s business includes designing, manufacturing, marketing, and servicing a full line of Ford cars, trucks, and sport utility vehicles (SUVs), as well as Lincoln luxury vehicles. The Company operates in four segments: Automotive, Financial Services, Ford Smart Mobility LLC, and Central Treasury Operations.

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