Ford Motor (F) Given Media Impact Rating of -2.29

News articles about Ford Motor (NYSE:F) have trended negative this week, according to InfoTrie Sentiment. InfoTrie rates the sentiment of press coverage by monitoring more than 6,000 blog and news sources in real-time. The firm ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of negative five to positive five, with scores nearest to five being the most favorable. Ford Motor earned a news sentiment score of -2.29 on their scale. InfoTrie also gave news headlines about the auto manufacturer an news buzz score of 10 out of 10, meaning that recent press coverage is extremely likely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the near term.

Here are some of the news articles that may have impacted Ford Motor’s score:

Several research firms recently commented on F. Jefferies Financial Group upgraded shares of Ford Motor to a “buy” rating and upped their price target for the company from $11.00 to $12.50 in a research note on Tuesday, April 30th. TheStreet upgraded shares of Ford Motor from a “c” rating to a “b-” rating in a research note on Thursday, April 25th. Bank of America upgraded shares of Ford Motor from a “neutral” rating to a “buy” rating and upped their price target for the company from $13.00 to $14.00 in a research note on Friday, May 10th. Seaport Global Securities assumed coverage on shares of Ford Motor in a research note on Wednesday, February 13th. They issued a “neutral” rating and a $8.46 price target on the stock. They noted that the move was a valuation call. Finally, Morgan Stanley set a $10.00 price objective on shares of Ford Motor and gave the stock a “hold” rating in a research note on Friday, April 26th. Three investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, nine have issued a hold rating, five have given a buy rating and one has assigned a strong buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $10.48.

Shares of Ford Motor stock opened at $10.29 on Friday. The stock has a market cap of $41.16 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 7.92, a PEG ratio of 1.03 and a beta of 1.12. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 2.82, a quick ratio of 1.10 and a current ratio of 1.22. Ford Motor has a 12-month low of $7.41 and a 12-month high of $12.15.

Ford Motor (NYSE:F) last announced its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, April 25th. The auto manufacturer reported $0.44 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, topping analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.26 by $0.18. The firm had revenue of $40.34 billion for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $37.37 billion. Ford Motor had a net margin of 1.94% and a return on equity of 14.41%. The business’s revenue for the quarter was down 3.9% on a year-over-year basis. During the same period in the prior year, the company posted $0.43 earnings per share. On average, analysts predict that Ford Motor will post 1.38 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The company also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Monday, June 3rd. Shareholders of record on Wednesday, April 24th will be paid a dividend of $0.15 per share. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Tuesday, April 23rd. This represents a $0.60 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 5.83%. Ford Motor’s payout ratio is 46.15%.

In other news, VP Catherine A. O’callaghan sold 53,000 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, April 29th. The shares were sold at an average price of $10.33, for a total value of $547,490.00. Following the sale, the vice president now directly owns 48,275 shares in the company, valued at approximately $498,680.75. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which is available at the SEC website. Also, Director John C. Lechleiter purchased 10,000 shares of Ford Motor stock in a transaction dated Friday, May 10th. The stock was bought at an average price of $10.32 per share, for a total transaction of $103,200.00. Following the completion of the purchase, the director now owns 55,000 shares in the company, valued at approximately $567,600. The disclosure for this purchase can be found here. Corporate insiders own 0.83% of the company’s stock.

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Ford Motor Company Profile

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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