Ford Motor (F) Getting Somewhat Positive Press Coverage, Report Finds

News headlines about Ford Motor (NYSE:F) have trended somewhat positive recently, according to Accern Sentiment Analysis. The research firm scores the sentiment of news coverage by reviewing more than twenty million news and blog sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Ford Motor earned a daily sentiment score of 0.07 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned news stories about the auto manufacturer an impact score of 44.9961300288217 out of 100, meaning that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the immediate future.

These are some of the news stories that may have impacted Accern’s scoring:

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Shares of F traded up $0.22 during midday trading on Monday, reaching $11.04. 31,918,265 shares of the stock were exchanged, compared to its average volume of 48,599,855. Ford Motor has a 12-month low of $10.14 and a 12-month high of $13.48. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 2.94, a current ratio of 1.23 and a quick ratio of 1.12. The company has a market capitalization of $42,991.66, a PE ratio of 6.20, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 0.65 and a beta of 1.05.

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

The company also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, June 1st. Stockholders of record on Friday, April 20th will be paid a dividend of $0.15 per share. This represents a $0.60 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 5.43%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Thursday, April 19th. Ford Motor’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is presently 33.71%.

Several equities research analysts recently issued reports on the company. Susquehanna Bancshares set a $12.00 price objective on Ford Motor and gave the stock a “hold” rating in a research note on Wednesday, March 14th. ValuEngine downgraded Ford Motor from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Monday, February 5th. Nomura reduced their price objective on Ford Motor to $11.00 and set a “neutral” rating for the company in a research note on Thursday, February 1st. BMO Capital Markets reissued a “hold” rating and issued a $11.00 price objective on shares of Ford Motor in a research note on Tuesday, March 6th. Finally, Zacks Investment Research raised Ford Motor from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Thursday, February 15th. Two investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, sixteen have issued a hold rating and six have assigned a buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock presently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $12.42.

In other news, insider Ashwani Kumar Galhotra sold 31,415 shares of the stock in a transaction dated Friday, March 2nd. The stock was sold at an average price of $10.34, for a total transaction of $324,831.10. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which is available at this link. Also, Chairman William Clay Ford, Jr. sold 454,260 shares of the stock in a transaction dated Friday, March 2nd. The shares were sold at an average price of $10.32, for a total value of $4,687,963.20. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Corporate insiders own 0.95% of the company’s stock.

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About Ford Motor

Ford Motor Company designs, manufactures, markets, and services a range of Ford cars, trucks, sport utility vehicles, and electrified vehicles; and Lincoln luxury vehicles worldwide. Its Automotive segment sells Ford and Lincoln vehicles, service parts, and accessories through distributors and dealers, as well as through dealerships to fleet customers, including commercial fleet customers, daily rental car companies, and governments.

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