Traders Buy Ford Motor Company (F) on Weakness

Traders bought shares of Ford Motor Company (NYSE:F) on weakness during trading on Monday. $115.64 million flowed into the stock on the tick-up and $79.53 million flowed out of the stock on the tick-down, for a money net flow of $36.11 million into the stock. Of all stocks tracked, Ford Motor had the 14th highest net in-flow for the day. Ford Motor traded down ($0.24) for the day and closed at $11.29

F has been the topic of several analyst reports. Vetr downgraded Ford Motor from a “strong-buy” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $12.45 target price on the stock. in a report on Wednesday, May 31st. Wolfe Research initiated coverage on Ford Motor in a report on Tuesday, June 13th. They set a “market perform” rating on the stock. Zacks Investment Research upgraded Ford Motor from a “strong sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Monday, April 24th. Tigress Financial reiterated a “buy” rating on shares of Ford Motor in a report on Thursday, March 30th. Finally, Deutsche Bank AG reiterated a “hold” rating and set a $14.00 target price on shares of Ford Motor in a report on Wednesday, May 24th. Three equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, eleven have given a hold rating, twelve have assigned a buy rating and one has given a strong buy rating to the company’s stock. Ford Motor presently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $13.43.

The stock’s 50-day moving average price is $11.31 and its 200-day moving average price is $11.74. The company has a market capitalization of $44.96 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 12.02 and a beta of 1.11.

Ford Motor (NYSE:F) last released its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, April 27th. The auto manufacturer reported $0.39 earnings per share for the quarter, beating the consensus estimate of $0.34 by $0.05. Ford Motor had a return on equity of 19.36% and a net margin of 2.48%. The company had revenue of $36.48 billion for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $34.62 billion. During the same period in the prior year, the company posted $0.68 EPS. The company’s revenue was up 3.5% compared to the same quarter last year. Equities research analysts forecast that Ford Motor Company will post $1.52 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

The business also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, September 1st. Stockholders of record on Monday, July 24th will be paid a $0.15 dividend. The ex-dividend date is Thursday, July 20th. This represents a $0.60 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 5.31%. Ford Motor’s dividend payout ratio is currently 64.52%.

In other news, insider James D. Farley, Jr. sold 25,000 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, June 12th. The stock was sold at an average price of $11.16, for a total value of $279,000.00. Following the sale, the insider now directly owns 428,411 shares in the company, valued at approximately $4,781,066.76. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which is available at the SEC website. Corporate insiders own 1.08% of the company’s stock.

Large investors have recently added to or reduced their stakes in the company. Balentine LLC raised its stake in Ford Motor by 2.6% in the first quarter. Balentine LLC now owns 9,097 shares of the auto manufacturer’s stock worth $106,000 after buying an additional 231 shares during the period. Archford Capital Strategies LLC raised its stake in Ford Motor by 7.8% in the first quarter. Archford Capital Strategies LLC now owns 9,361 shares of the auto manufacturer’s stock worth $109,000 after buying an additional 676 shares during the period. Reilly Financial Advisors LLC raised its stake in Ford Motor by 1.5% in the second quarter. Reilly Financial Advisors LLC now owns 9,856 shares of the auto manufacturer’s stock worth $110,000 after buying an additional 150 shares during the period. Puplava Financial Services Inc. acquired a new stake in Ford Motor during the first quarter worth approximately $116,000. Finally, Kelman Lazarov Inc. acquired a new stake in Ford Motor during the second quarter worth approximately $116,000. Institutional investors and hedge funds own 55.50% of the company’s stock.

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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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