News headlines about Ford Motor (NYSE:F) have been trending somewhat positive this week, according to Accern Sentiment Analysis. The research firm ranks the sentiment of media coverage by reviewing more than twenty million blog and news sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Ford Motor earned a media sentiment score of 0.15 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned news headlines about the auto manufacturer an impact score of 44.3140282852155 out of 100, meaning that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the near term.
Here are some of the news headlines that may have effected Accern’s rankings:
- Nissan Altima, Toyota RAV4: Hits from the New York International Auto Show (finance.yahoo.com)
- Finley: Sell train station or tear it down (detroitnews.com)
- Ford unveils new Mustang (cyprus-mail.com)
- Automakers Sought Looser Rules but May Get More Than They Bargained For (nytimes.com)
- Ford Motor (F) Expected to Post Quarterly Sales of $37.22 Billion (americanbankingnews.com)
A number of research analysts have recently commented on F shares. Zacks Investment Research raised Ford Motor from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $15.00 price target on the stock in a report on Tuesday, January 9th. Royal Bank of Canada reissued a “hold” rating and set a $14.00 price target on shares of Ford Motor in a report on Wednesday, December 20th. Cascend Securities lowered Ford Motor to a “buy” rating in a report on Tuesday, December 5th. Vetr raised Ford Motor from a “buy” rating to a “strong-buy” rating and set a $13.14 price target on the stock in a report on Friday, January 26th. Finally, Susquehanna Bancshares set a $12.00 price target on Ford Motor and gave the company a “hold” rating in a report on Wednesday, March 14th. Two equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, sixteen have issued a hold rating and six have issued a buy rating to the stock. Ford Motor has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $12.42.
Ford Motor (NYSE:F) last issued 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 company had revenue of $38.50 billion during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $36.96 billion. During the same period in the prior year, the business posted $0.30 EPS. The company’s revenue for the quarter was up 6.9% compared to the same quarter last year. equities analysts forecast that Ford Motor will post 1.55 EPS for the current year.
In other news, insider Hau N. Thai-Tang sold 18,000 shares of Ford Motor stock in a transaction dated Thursday, January 4th. The stock was sold at an average price of $13.00, for a total transaction of $234,000.00. Following the completion of the sale, the insider now directly owns 14,358 shares in the company, valued at approximately $186,654. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which can be accessed through this link. Also, Director John C. Lechleiter purchased 5,000 shares of Ford Motor stock in a transaction dated Friday, February 9th. The shares were purchased at an average price 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 $308,400. The disclosure for this purchase can be found here. Insiders have sold a total of 503,675 shares of company stock valued at $5,246,794 over the last 90 days. Corporate insiders own 1.08% 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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