Media stories about Ford Motor (NYSE:F) have been trending positive this week, according to InfoTrie Sentiment Analysis. The research group identifies positive and negative news coverage by reviewing more than six thousand news and blog sources. The firm ranks coverage of companies on a scale of negative five to positive five, with scores closest to five being the most favorable. Ford Motor earned a media sentiment score of 3.00 on their scale. InfoTrie also assigned news articles about the auto manufacturer an news buzz score of 0 out of 10, meaning that recent news coverage is extremely unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the next few days.

These are some of the media stories that may have impacted Ford Motor’s score:

A number of equities research analysts have weighed in on F shares. ValuEngine cut shares of Ford Motor from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research report on Monday, December 30th. Deutsche Bank cut shares of Ford Motor from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating and dropped their price target for the company from $12.00 to $11.00 in a research report on Thursday, October 24th. Benchmark initiated coverage on shares of Ford Motor in a research report on Thursday, January 9th. They set a “hold” rating for the company. Morgan Stanley restated a “buy” rating and issued a $12.00 price objective on shares of Ford Motor in a report on Thursday, October 31st. Finally, Credit Suisse Group restated an “outperform” rating on shares of Ford Motor in a report on Tuesday, November 19th. Four equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, six have given a hold rating, six have issued a buy rating and one has issued a strong buy rating to the company’s stock. Ford Motor presently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $10.92.

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Shares of NYSE:F traded down $0.01 during trading on Friday, hitting $9.16. 41,642,886 shares of the company were exchanged, compared to its average volume of 37,459,564. The firm’s 50 day moving average price is $9.24 and its 200-day moving average price is $9.25. Ford Motor has a 12-month low of $8.16 and a 12-month high of $10.56. The stock has a market capitalization of $36.36 billion, a P/E ratio of 6.55, a PEG ratio of 1.02 and a beta of 1.09. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 2.81, a current ratio of 1.17 and a quick ratio of 1.04.

Ford Motor (NYSE:F) last released its quarterly earnings results on Wednesday, October 23rd. The auto manufacturer reported $0.34 EPS for the quarter, beating the consensus estimate of $0.26 by $0.08. Ford Motor had a net margin of 1.01% and a return on equity of 15.53%. The firm had revenue of $33.93 billion during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $33.88 billion. During the same quarter in the prior year, the firm earned $0.29 EPS. Ford Motor’s revenue for the quarter was down 2.1% on a year-over-year basis. As a group, equities research analysts anticipate that Ford Motor will post 1.24 EPS for the current year.

The company also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Monday, March 2nd. Shareholders of record on Thursday, January 30th will be paid a $0.15 dividend. The ex-dividend date is Wednesday, January 29th. This represents a $0.60 annualized dividend and a yield of 6.55%. Ford Motor’s dividend payout ratio is currently 46.15%.

In other news, CEO James P. Hackett sold 20,000 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction on Monday, November 4th. The shares were sold at an average price of $8.95, for a total transaction of $179,000.00. Following the transaction, the chief executive officer now directly owns 185,184 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $1,657,396.80. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which is accessible through the SEC website. Also, Director John C. Lechleiter purchased 25,000 shares of the stock in a transaction dated Friday, October 25th. The shares were bought at an average cost of $8.68 per share, for a total transaction of $217,000.00. Following the completion of the purchase, the director now owns 89,700 shares in the company, valued at $778,596. The disclosure for this purchase can be found here. Insiders sold a total of 60,000 shares of company stock worth $543,200 over the last three months. 0.83% of the stock is currently owned by corporate insiders.

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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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