News coverage about Ford Motor (NYSE:F) has been trending neutral recently, according to InfoTrie Sentiment Analysis. The research group identifies positive and negative news coverage by monitoring more than six thousand news and blog sources in real time. The firm ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of negative five to five, with scores nearest to five being the most favorable. Ford Motor earned a news impact score of 0.10 on their scale. InfoTrie also assigned media coverage about the auto manufacturer an news buzz score of 4 out of 10, meaning that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the near future.
These are some of the media stories that may have effected Ford Motor’s ranking:
- $35.69 Billion in Sales Expected for Ford Motor (NYSE:F) This Quarter (americanbankingnews.com)
- Nissan hires former Ford design executive Woodhouse (autonews.com)
- Ford Recalls 1.2 Million Explorers For Steering Issues (forbes.com)
- Ford expected to lead explosion of new models (freep.com)
- Ford recalls 1.2 million Explorer SUVs, 123,000 F-150 pickups over crash risk (usatoday.com)
A number of analysts have recently issued reports on F shares. Morgan Stanley set a $10.00 target price on shares of Ford Motor and gave the stock a “hold” rating in a research note on Friday, April 26th. TheStreet upgraded shares of Ford Motor from a “c” rating to a “b-” rating in a research note on Thursday, April 25th. BMO Capital Markets raised their target price on shares of Ford Motor from $8.50 to $10.00 and gave the stock a “market perform” rating in a research note on Monday, May 6th. ValuEngine upgraded shares of Ford Motor from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Wednesday, May 8th. Finally, Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of Ford Motor from a “hold” rating to a “strong-buy” rating and set a $12.00 target price for the company in a research note on Tuesday, April 30th. Three research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, nine have given a hold rating, five have given a buy rating and one has assigned a strong buy rating to the company. The stock currently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $10.48.
Shares of Ford Motor stock opened at $9.85 on Thursday. The company has a market cap of $39.58 billion, a P/E ratio of 7.58, a P/E/G ratio of 0.99 and a beta of 1.13. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 2.82, a quick ratio of 1.10 and a current ratio of 1.22. Ford Motor has a 1 year low of $7.41 and a 1 year high of $12.10.
Ford Motor (NYSE:F) last posted its earnings results on Thursday, April 25th. The auto manufacturer reported $0.44 earnings per share for the quarter, topping the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.26 by $0.18. Ford Motor had a net margin of 1.94% and a return on equity of 14.41%. The firm had revenue of $40.34 billion for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $37.37 billion. During the same period in the previous year, the firm posted $0.43 EPS. The company’s revenue for the quarter was down 3.9% compared to the same quarter last year. Equities research analysts forecast that Ford Motor will post 1.38 EPS for the current year.
The firm also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Monday, June 3rd. Shareholders of record on Wednesday, April 24th were issued a dividend of $0.15 per share. This represents a $0.60 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 6.09%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Tuesday, April 23rd. Ford Motor’s payout ratio is 46.15%.
In related news, VP Catherine A. O’callaghan sold 53,000 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction on Monday, April 29th. The shares were sold at an average price of $10.33, for a total transaction of $547,490.00. Following the transaction, the vice president now owns 48,275 shares in the company, valued at approximately $498,680.75. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through this hyperlink. Also, Director John L. Thornton bought 10,200 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Thursday, May 23rd. The shares were bought at an average price of $9.81 per share, for a total transaction of $100,062.00. Following the transaction, the director now directly owns 197,290 shares in the company, valued at $1,935,414.90. The disclosure for this purchase can be found here. 0.83% of the stock is currently owned by insiders.
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About Ford Motor
Ford Motor Company designs, manufactures, markets, and services a range of Ford cars, trucks, sport utility vehicles, and electrified vehicles worldwide. It operates through three segments: Automotive, Mobility, and Ford Credit. The Automotive segment sells Ford and Lincoln vehicles, service parts, and accessories through distributors and dealers, as well as through dealerships to commercial fleet customers, daily rental car companies, and governments.
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