Investors Purchase High Volume of Ford Motor Call Options (F)

Ford Motor Company (NYSE:F) was the recipient of unusually large options trading activity on Wednesday. Stock investors acquired 74,719 call options on the company. This represents an increase of 425% compared to the average daily volume of 14,224 call options.

Ford Motor (F) traded down 0.37% during trading on Wednesday, reaching $10.80. 28,261,140 shares of the company’s stock were exchanged. The stock has a market cap of $42.89 billion, a PE ratio of 11.37 and a beta of 1.11. Ford Motor has a 12 month low of $10.67 and a 12 month high of $13.27. The firm has a 50 day moving average of $11.23 and a 200-day moving average of $11.56.

Ford Motor (NYSE:F) last posted its quarterly earnings data on Wednesday, July 26th. The auto manufacturer reported $0.56 EPS for the quarter, topping the consensus estimate of $0.43 by $0.13. The firm had revenue of $36.93 billion for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $37.22 billion. Ford Motor had a return on equity of 19.69% and a net margin of 2.52%. The business’s revenue for the quarter was down .5% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same quarter last year, the company earned $0.52 earnings per share. On average, equities research analysts anticipate that Ford Motor will post $1.75 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

The company also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, September 1st. Shareholders of record on Monday, July 24th will be issued a dividend of $0.15 per share. This represents a $0.60 annualized dividend and a yield of 5.56%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Thursday, July 20th. Ford Motor’s dividend payout ratio is presently 63.16%.

In other Ford Motor news, VP John T. Lawler sold 80,624 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction on Thursday, August 3rd. The shares were sold at an average price of $11.00, for a total value of $886,864.00. Following the sale, the vice president now directly owns 10 shares in the company, valued at approximately $110. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is accessible through the SEC website. Also, insider James D. Farley, Jr. sold 25,000 shares of Ford Motor stock in a transaction dated Monday, June 12th. The shares were sold at an average price of $11.16, for a total transaction of $279,000.00. Following the sale, the insider now owns 428,411 shares in the company, valued at $4,781,066.76. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. 1.08% of the stock is currently owned by corporate insiders.

Institutional investors have recently added to or reduced their stakes in the stock. Balentine LLC boosted its position in shares of Ford Motor by 2.6% in the first quarter. Balentine LLC now owns 9,097 shares of the auto manufacturer’s stock worth $106,000 after buying an additional 231 shares during the period. Captrust Financial Advisors purchased a new stake in shares of Ford Motor during the second quarter worth $106,000. Archford Capital Strategies LLC raised its stake in shares of Ford Motor by 7.8% in the first quarter. Archford Capital Strategies LLC now owns 9,361 shares of the auto manufacturer’s stock worth $109,000 after buying an additional 676 shares during the period. Reilly Financial Advisors LLC raised its stake in shares of Ford Motor by 1.5% in the second quarter. Reilly Financial Advisors LLC now owns 9,856 shares of the auto manufacturer’s stock worth $110,000 after buying an additional 150 shares during the period. Finally, Puplava Financial Services Inc. purchased a new stake in shares of Ford Motor during the first quarter worth $116,000. Institutional investors and hedge funds own 55.38% of the company’s stock.

Several equities research analysts have recently commented on the stock. BidaskClub cut shares of Ford Motor from a “sell” rating to a “strong sell” rating in a research report on Thursday, August 10th. Nomura reiterated a “neutral” rating and issued a $11.60 price target (down previously from $14.00) on shares of Ford Motor in a report on Friday, August 4th. Berenberg Bank set a $10.00 price target on shares of Ford Motor and gave the company a “sell” rating in a report on Monday. Royal Bank Of Canada reissued a “buy” rating on shares of Ford Motor in a research report on Tuesday. Finally, Jefferies Group LLC reaffirmed a “neutral” rating on shares of Ford Motor in a research report on Monday, August 7th. Three research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, thirteen have given a hold rating, nine have given a buy rating and one has given a strong buy rating to the company. The stock presently has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $12.60.

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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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