Investors Sell Shares of Ford Motor (F) on Strength (F)

Traders sold shares of Ford Motor (NYSE:F) on strength during trading on Friday. $39.88 million flowed into the stock on the tick-up and $293.88 million flowed out of the stock on the tick-down, for a money net flow of $254.00 million out of the stock. Of all equities tracked, Ford Motor had the 23rd highest net out-flow for the day. Ford Motor traded up $0.02 for the day and closed at $8.43

A number of research analysts recently issued reports on F shares. ValuEngine upgraded Ford Motor from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Friday, March 1st. Zacks Investment Research upgraded Ford Motor from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $9.25 price objective for the company in a report on Wednesday, January 9th. Seaport Global Securities started coverage on Ford Motor in a report on Wednesday, February 13th. They set a “neutral” rating and a $8.46 price objective for the company. They noted that the move was a valuation call. BMO Capital Markets reiterated a “hold” rating and set a $8.50 price objective on shares of Ford Motor in a report on Monday, January 7th. Finally, Jefferies Financial Group reiterated a “buy” rating and set a $11.00 price objective on shares of Ford Motor in a report on Tuesday, January 8th. Two investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, twelve have assigned a hold rating and five have given a buy rating to the stock. The company currently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $10.29.

The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 2.80, a current ratio of 1.20 and a quick ratio of 1.08. The company has a market cap of $33.42 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 6.48, a P/E/G ratio of 0.78 and a beta of 1.04.

Ford Motor (NYSE:F) last posted its quarterly earnings results on Wednesday, January 23rd. The auto manufacturer reported $0.30 earnings per share for the quarter, meeting the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.30. The firm had revenue of $38.70 billion during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $36.83 billion. Ford Motor had a return on equity of 14.38% and a net margin of 2.29%. The business’s revenue was up .5% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same period last year, the company earned $0.39 earnings per share. As a group, equities analysts forecast that Ford Motor will post 1.21 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The business also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Friday, March 1st. Shareholders of record on Thursday, January 31st were paid a $0.15 dividend. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Wednesday, January 30th. This represents a $0.60 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 7.12%. Ford Motor’s dividend payout ratio is 46.15%.

Several hedge funds and other institutional investors have recently modified their holdings of F. Franklin Resources Inc. boosted its stake in shares of Ford Motor by 194.8% during the 3rd quarter. Franklin Resources Inc. now owns 62,573,799 shares of the auto manufacturer’s stock worth $578,807,000 after acquiring an additional 41,346,111 shares during the period. Norges Bank bought a new position in shares of Ford Motor during the 4th quarter worth approximately $161,692,000. Oregon Public Employees Retirement Fund boosted its stake in shares of Ford Motor by 572.8% during the 4th quarter. Oregon Public Employees Retirement Fund now owns 19,763,660 shares of the auto manufacturer’s stock worth $2,583,000 after acquiring an additional 16,825,955 shares during the period. Geode Capital Management LLC boosted its stake in shares of Ford Motor by 8.2% during the 4th quarter. Geode Capital Management LLC now owns 52,343,847 shares of the auto manufacturer’s stock worth $399,887,000 after acquiring an additional 3,950,938 shares during the period. Finally, Canada Pension Plan Investment Board boosted its stake in shares of Ford Motor by 238.7% during the 3rd quarter. Canada Pension Plan Investment Board now owns 4,997,027 shares of the auto manufacturer’s stock worth $46,222,000 after acquiring an additional 3,521,838 shares during the period. Institutional investors own 52.74% of the company’s stock.

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About Ford Motor (NYSE:F)

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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