News stories about Ford Motor (NYSE:F) have trended somewhat positive recently, Accern Sentiment reports. The research group identifies negative and positive media coverage by monitoring more than twenty million news and blog sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Ford Motor earned a coverage optimism score of 0.10 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave media headlines about the auto manufacturer an impact score of 45.1085122772947 out of 100, meaning that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the next several days.
These are some of the news stories that may have impacted Accern Sentiment Analysis’s rankings:
- Trump Taps Ford Exec For EPA’s International, Tribal Office (law360.com)
- Go Inside Ford’s High-Tech CD-ROM Simulator From 1996 (jalopnik.com)
- Ford Motor Co (F) Approaches New Upside Target of $10.98 (mysmartrend.com)
- Ford Uncovered Media Forum: A Peek Behind The Curtain (finance.yahoo.com)
- Ford, Mahindra Sign Deal To Produce SUVs and EVs (zigwheels.com)
Several brokerages have recently weighed in on F. Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of Ford Motor from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $14.00 target price for the company in a research note on Tuesday, December 26th. Morgan Stanley reiterated an “equal weight” rating on shares of Ford Motor in a research note on Tuesday, November 28th. Vetr upgraded shares of Ford Motor from a “buy” rating to a “strong-buy” rating and set a $13.14 target price for the company in a research note on Friday, January 26th. Royal Bank of Canada reiterated a “hold” rating and set a $14.00 target price on shares of Ford Motor in a research note on Wednesday, December 20th. Finally, ValuEngine upgraded shares of Ford Motor from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note on Friday, December 1st. Two research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, sixteen have assigned a hold rating and seven have given a buy rating to the company. The company currently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $12.42.
Ford Motor (NYSE:F) last announced its quarterly earnings data on Wednesday, January 24th. The auto manufacturer reported $0.39 EPS for the quarter, missing the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.42 by ($0.03). The firm had revenue of $38.50 billion during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $36.96 billion. Ford Motor had a net margin of 4.85% and a return on equity of 21.71%. Ford Motor’s revenue for the quarter was up 6.9% on a year-over-year basis. During the same quarter in the previous year, the business earned $0.30 EPS. analysts predict that Ford Motor will post 1.55 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.
The company also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Thursday, March 1st. Investors of record on Tuesday, January 30th were given a $0.15 dividend. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Monday, January 29th. This represents a $0.60 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 5.54%. Ford Motor’s payout ratio is currently 31.58%.
In related news, Director John C. Lechleiter bought 5,000 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction on Friday, February 9th. The stock was bought at an average cost of $10.28 per share, with a total value of $51,400.00. Following the completion of the acquisition, the director now owns 30,000 shares in the company, valued at approximately $308,400. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available through this link. Also, insider Hau N. Thai-Tang sold 18,000 shares of the stock in a transaction dated Thursday, January 4th. The shares were sold at an average price of $13.00, for a total transaction of $234,000.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the insider now directly owns 14,358 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $186,654. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. In the last 90 days, insiders sold 503,675 shares of company stock valued at $5,246,794. 1.08% of the stock is owned by insiders.
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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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