Investors Buy Ford Motor (F) on Weakness

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Investors bought shares of Ford Motor (NYSE:F) on weakness during trading hours on Wednesday. $122.72 million flowed into the stock on the tick-up and $48.02 million flowed out of the stock on the tick-down, for a money net flow of $74.70 million into the stock. Of all companies tracked, Ford Motor had the 4th highest net in-flow for the day. Ford Motor traded down ($0.04) for the day and closed at $8.53

F has been the topic of several recent analyst reports. Deutsche Bank initiated coverage on Ford Motor in a report on Thursday, December 13th. They set a “buy” rating on the stock. ValuEngine cut Ford Motor from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a report on Wednesday, January 2nd. Zacks Investment Research cut Ford Motor from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a report on Thursday, January 3rd. Barclays set a $9.00 price objective on Ford Motor and gave the company a “hold” rating in a report on Friday, January 4th. Finally, BMO Capital Markets restated a “hold” rating and issued a $8.50 target price on shares of Ford Motor in a research note on Monday, January 7th. Two investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, twelve have issued a hold rating and five have assigned a buy rating to the company. Ford Motor has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $10.29.

The company has a market cap of $33.42 billion, a P/E ratio of 6.49, a P/E/G ratio of 0.78 and a beta of 1.04. The company has a quick ratio of 1.08, a current ratio of 1.20 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 2.80.

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

The business also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Friday, March 1st. Stockholders of record on Thursday, January 31st were paid a $0.15 dividend. This represents a $0.60 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 7.11%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Wednesday, January 30th. Ford Motor’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is presently 46.15%.

Several hedge funds and other institutional investors have recently added to or reduced their stakes in F. Newport Trust Co lifted its stake in Ford Motor by 1.1% in the third quarter. Newport Trust Co now owns 186,611,338 shares of the auto manufacturer’s stock worth $1,726,155,000 after purchasing an additional 2,052,203 shares during the last quarter. Franklin Resources Inc. increased its stake in Ford Motor by 194.8% during the third quarter. Franklin Resources Inc. now owns 62,573,799 shares of the auto manufacturer’s stock valued at $578,807,000 after purchasing an additional 41,346,111 shares during the last quarter. Geode Capital Management LLC grew its position in shares of Ford Motor by 8.2% during the fourth 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 last quarter. Pzena Investment Management LLC grew its position in shares of Ford Motor by 5.3% during the fourth quarter. Pzena Investment Management LLC now owns 42,974,503 shares of the auto manufacturer’s stock worth $328,755,000 after acquiring an additional 2,169,719 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Northern Trust Corp grew its position in shares of Ford Motor by 3.6% during the fourth quarter. Northern Trust Corp now owns 42,006,725 shares of the auto manufacturer’s stock worth $321,352,000 after acquiring an additional 1,474,637 shares during the last quarter. 52.74% of the stock is owned by institutional investors.

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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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