Ford Motor (F) Getting Somewhat Negative News Coverage, Report Shows

News headlines about Ford Motor (NYSE:F) have been trending somewhat negative on Saturday, InfoTrie Sentiment reports. The research group rates the sentiment of media coverage by monitoring more than six thousand news and blog sources. The firm ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of negative five to positive five, with scores nearest to five being the most favorable. Ford Motor earned a daily sentiment score of -1.50 on their scale. InfoTrie also gave news stories about the auto manufacturer an news buzz score of 1 out of 10, indicating that recent media coverage is extremely unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the next few days.

Here are some of the news headlines that may have effected Ford Motor’s score:

NYSE:F opened at $8.82 on Friday. Ford Motor has a 1-year low of $8.17 and a 1-year high of $13.48. The firm has a market capitalization of $35.84 billion, a P/E ratio of 4.96, a P/E/G ratio of 1.26 and a beta of 0.68. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 2.80, a current ratio of 1.21 and a quick ratio of 1.08.

Ford Motor (NYSE:F) last announced its quarterly earnings data on Wednesday, October 24th. The auto manufacturer reported $0.29 EPS for the quarter, topping the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.28 by $0.01. Ford Motor had a return on equity of 15.48% and a net margin of 3.88%. The firm had revenue of $34.66 billion during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $32.05 billion. During the same period last year, the company posted $0.43 EPS. Research analysts expect that Ford Motor will post 1.36 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The firm also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Monday, December 3rd. Shareholders of record on Tuesday, October 23rd were given a dividend of $0.15 per share. The ex-dividend date was Monday, October 22nd. This represents a $0.60 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 6.80%. Ford Motor’s payout ratio is presently 33.71%.

F has been the subject of a number of recent analyst reports. Citigroup decreased their price target on Ford Motor from $10.50 to $9.90 and set a “neutral” rating for the company in a research report on Monday, September 10th. Berenberg Bank reiterated a “sell” rating and issued a $6.00 price target on shares of Ford Motor in a research report on Friday, November 9th. Morgan Stanley lowered Ford Motor from an “overweight” rating to an “equal weight” rating and decreased their price target for the company from $14.00 to $10.00 in a research report on Friday, October 19th. Barclays decreased their price target on Ford Motor from $12.00 to $11.00 and set an “equal weight” rating for the company in a research report on Wednesday, September 26th. Finally, Goldman Sachs Group upgraded Ford Motor from a “neutral” rating to a “buy” rating and increased their price target for the company from $9.00 to $12.00 in a research report on Monday, October 29th. Two analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, twelve have given a hold rating and five have given a buy rating to the stock. The stock has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $11.27.

In other Ford Motor news, Director Ray T. Charley acquired 4,000 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction on Monday, October 29th. The stock was purchased at an average cost of $12.90 per share, for a total transaction of $51,600.00. The purchase was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which is available at the SEC website. Also, VP Steven R. Armstrong sold 13,000 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction dated Monday, September 24th. The stock was sold at an average price of $9.54, for a total value of $124,020.00. Following the sale, the vice president now owns 94,527 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $901,787.58. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Company insiders own 0.95% of the company’s stock.

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Ford Motor Company Profile

Ford Motor Company designs, manufactures, markets, and services a range of Ford cars, trucks, sport utility vehicles, and electrified vehicles; and Lincoln luxury vehicles worldwide. Its Automotive segment sells Ford and Lincoln vehicles, service parts, and accessories through distributors and dealers, as well as through dealerships to fleet customers, including commercial fleet customers, daily rental car companies, and governments.

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