Traders Sell Ford Motor (F) on Strength (F)

Investors sold shares of Ford Motor (NYSE:F) on strength during trading hours on Monday. $38.40 million flowed into the stock on the tick-up and $84.34 million flowed out of the stock on the tick-down, for a money net flow of $45.94 million out of the stock. Of all equities tracked, Ford Motor had the 30th highest net out-flow for the day. Ford Motor traded up $0.10 for the day and closed at $11.38

A number of analysts have weighed in on the stock. Susquehanna Bancshares set a $12.00 target price on shares of Ford Motor and gave the company a “hold” rating in a research report on Wednesday, March 14th. Morgan Stanley raised shares of Ford Motor from an “underweight” rating to an “overweight” rating and decreased their target price for the company from $10.78 to $10.00 in a research report on Wednesday, March 14th. They noted that the move was a valuation call. BMO Capital Markets reissued a “hold” rating and set a $11.00 target price on shares of Ford Motor in a research report on Tuesday, March 6th. Zacks Investment Research raised shares of Ford Motor from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Thursday, February 15th. Finally, ValuEngine downgraded shares of Ford Motor from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Monday, February 5th. Two research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, sixteen have issued a hold rating and six have assigned a buy rating to the stock. The stock presently has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $12.42.

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The firm has a market capitalization of $44,819.40, a PE ratio of 6.39, a P/E/G ratio of 0.68 and a beta of 1.05. The company has a quick ratio of 1.12, a current ratio of 1.23 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 2.94.

Ford Motor (NYSE:F) last posted its quarterly earnings results on Wednesday, January 24th. The auto manufacturer reported $0.39 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, missing analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.42 by ($0.03). The business had revenue of $38.50 billion for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $36.96 billion. Ford Motor had a return on equity of 21.71% and a net margin of 4.85%. Ford Motor’s quarterly revenue was up 6.9% on a year-over-year basis. During the same quarter in the previous year, the company posted $0.30 earnings per share. equities analysts forecast that Ford Motor will post 1.55 EPS for the current year.

The firm also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, June 1st. Shareholders of record on Friday, April 20th will be issued a dividend of $0.15 per share. This represents a $0.60 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 5.27%. The ex-dividend date is Thursday, April 19th. Ford Motor’s payout ratio is 33.71%.

In related news, Chairman William Clay Ford, Jr. sold 454,260 shares of the stock in a transaction on Friday, March 2nd. The stock was sold at an average price of $10.32, for a total value of $4,687,963.20. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which can be accessed through this link. Also, Director John C. Lechleiter bought 5,000 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Friday, February 9th. The stock was purchased at an average price of $10.28 per share, for a total transaction of $51,400.00. Following the completion of the acquisition, the director now owns 30,000 shares in the company, valued at $308,400. The disclosure for this purchase can be found here. 0.95% of the stock is currently owned by corporate insiders.

Institutional investors and hedge funds have recently modified their holdings of the stock. Amundi Pioneer Asset Management Inc. increased its position in shares of Ford Motor by 1,559.6% during the 4th quarter. Amundi Pioneer Asset Management Inc. now owns 15,256,627 shares of the auto manufacturer’s stock valued at $190,556,000 after purchasing an additional 14,337,350 shares during the last quarter. Greenhaven Associates Inc. purchased a new stake in Ford Motor in the 4th quarter worth about $164,194,000. Swedbank purchased a new stake in Ford Motor in the 4th quarter worth about $100,670,000. Two Sigma Advisers LP boosted its stake in Ford Motor by 200.0% in the 4th quarter. Two Sigma Advisers LP now owns 8,084,231 shares of the auto manufacturer’s stock worth $100,972,000 after purchasing an additional 5,389,300 shares during the period. Finally, AXA boosted its stake in Ford Motor by 509.2% in the 4th quarter. AXA now owns 5,982,528 shares of the auto manufacturer’s stock worth $74,722,000 after purchasing an additional 5,000,544 shares during the period. Institutional investors own 56.55% of the company’s stock.

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Ford Motor Company Profile

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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