Investors purchased shares of Ford Motor (NYSE:F) on weakness during trading hours on Wednesday. $122.72 million flowed into the stock on the tick-up and $48.02 million flowed out of the stock on the tick-down, for a money net flow of $74.70 million into the stock. Of all equities tracked, Ford Motor had the 4th highest net in-flow for the day. Ford Motor traded down ($0.04) for the day and closed at $8.53

A number of equities analysts recently commented on F shares. Deutsche Bank started coverage on Ford Motor in a report on Thursday, December 13th. They issued a “buy” rating on the stock. Zacks Investment Research raised Ford Motor from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $9.25 target price on the stock in a report on Wednesday, January 9th. Jefferies Financial Group reaffirmed a “buy” rating and issued a $11.00 target price on shares of Ford Motor in a report on Tuesday, January 8th. BMO Capital Markets reaffirmed a “hold” rating and issued a $8.50 target price on shares of Ford Motor in a report on Monday, January 7th. Finally, Barclays set a $9.00 target price on Ford Motor and gave the stock a “hold” rating in a report on Friday, January 4th. Two equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, twelve have assigned a hold rating and five have issued a buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock currently has an average rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $10.29.

The company has a quick ratio of 1.08, a current ratio of 1.20 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 2.80. The company has a market capitalization of $33.42 billion, a PE ratio of 6.49, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 0.78 and a beta of 1.04.

Ford Motor (NYSE:F) last issued its quarterly earnings results on Wednesday, January 23rd. The auto manufacturer reported $0.30 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, hitting the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.30. Ford Motor had a return on equity of 14.38% and a net margin of 2.29%. The business had revenue of $38.70 billion during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $36.83 billion. During the same quarter in the prior year, the business posted $0.39 EPS. Ford Motor’s revenue for the quarter was up .5% compared to the same quarter last year. Analysts expect that Ford Motor will post 1.21 earnings per share for the current year.

The firm also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Friday, March 1st. Shareholders of record on Thursday, January 31st were paid a $0.15 dividend. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Wednesday, January 30th. This represents a $0.60 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 7.11%. Ford Motor’s payout ratio is presently 46.15%.

A number of hedge funds have recently modified their holdings of F. Victory Capital Management Inc. grew its position in shares of Ford Motor by 28.8% during the third quarter. Victory Capital Management Inc. now owns 1,498,920 shares of the auto manufacturer’s stock valued at $13,865,000 after purchasing an additional 334,956 shares in the last quarter. ING Groep NV grew its position in shares of Ford Motor by 120.0% during the third quarter. ING Groep NV now owns 68,661 shares of the auto manufacturer’s stock valued at $635,000 after purchasing an additional 37,452 shares in the last quarter. Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Holdings Inc. grew its position in shares of Ford Motor by 12.5% during the third quarter. Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Holdings Inc. now owns 13,032,921 shares of the auto manufacturer’s stock valued at $120,555,000 after purchasing an additional 1,451,537 shares in the last quarter. Toronto Dominion Bank grew its position in shares of Ford Motor by 5.8% during the third quarter. Toronto Dominion Bank now owns 2,958,335 shares of the auto manufacturer’s stock valued at $27,358,000 after purchasing an additional 162,663 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Nomura Asset Management Co. Ltd. grew its position in shares of Ford Motor by 1.4% during the third quarter. Nomura Asset Management Co. Ltd. now owns 776,736 shares of the auto manufacturer’s stock valued at $7,186,000 after purchasing an additional 10,728 shares in the last quarter. Institutional investors and hedge funds own 52.74% of the company’s stock.

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About Ford Motor (NYSE:F)

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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