Wedbush Securities Inc. lessened its holdings in Ford Motor (NYSE:F) by 1.8% during the second quarter, according to its most recent disclosure with the SEC. The institutional investor owned 107,404 shares of the auto manufacturer’s stock after selling 2,016 shares during the period. Wedbush Securities Inc.’s holdings in Ford Motor were worth $1,099,000 as of its most recent SEC filing.

Other hedge funds have also modified their holdings of the company. Fjarde AP Fonden Fourth Swedish National Pension Fund increased its stake in Ford Motor by 25.4% in the first quarter. Fjarde AP Fonden Fourth Swedish National Pension Fund now owns 1,146,997 shares of the auto manufacturer’s stock valued at $10,071,000 after acquiring an additional 232,639 shares during the last quarter. Claro Advisors LLC bought a new position in Ford Motor in the second quarter valued at $329,000. Investment Partners LTD. bought a new position in Ford Motor in the second quarter valued at $175,000. Nordea Investment Management AB increased its stake in Ford Motor by 1.6% in the first quarter. Nordea Investment Management AB now owns 495,957 shares of the auto manufacturer’s stock valued at $4,353,000 after acquiring an additional 7,574 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Wesbanco Bank Inc. increased its stake in Ford Motor by 49.3% in the first quarter. Wesbanco Bank Inc. now owns 116,674 shares of the auto manufacturer’s stock valued at $1,024,000 after acquiring an additional 38,535 shares during the last quarter. Institutional investors own 52.11% of the company’s stock.

Shares of NYSE:F traded down $0.25 on Wednesday, reaching $9.01. 792,874 shares of the company traded hands, compared to its average volume of 40,565,480. The business has a 50-day simple moving average of $9.90. Ford Motor has a 52 week low of $7.41 and a 52 week high of $10.56. The stock has a market capitalization of $36.95 billion, a PE ratio of 6.94, a P/E/G ratio of 1.01 and a beta of 1.13. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 2.86, a current ratio of 1.20 and a quick ratio of 1.08.

Ford Motor (NYSE:F) last announced its quarterly earnings data on Wednesday, July 24th. The auto manufacturer reported $0.32 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.30 by $0.02. The firm had revenue of $35.91 billion for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $35.21 billion. Ford Motor had a return on equity of 14.92% and a net margin of 1.37%. The company’s revenue for the quarter was up .4% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same period last year, the firm earned $0.27 earnings per share. On average, analysts expect that Ford Motor will post 1.29 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

The firm also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Tuesday, September 3rd. Investors of record on Tuesday, July 23rd will be paid a $0.15 dividend. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Monday, July 22nd. This represents a $0.60 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 6.66%. Ford Motor’s payout ratio is presently 46.15%.

A number of research analysts have recently issued reports on the company. TheStreet cut Ford Motor from a “b-” rating to a “c” rating in a research note on Friday, July 26th. Jefferies Financial Group raised Ford Motor to a “buy” rating and raised their price objective for the company from $11.00 to $12.50 in a research note on Tuesday, April 30th. ValuEngine cut Ford Motor from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research note on Friday, July 26th. BMO Capital Markets raised their price objective on Ford Motor from $8.50 to $10.00 and gave the company a “market perform” rating in a research note on Monday, May 6th. Finally, Morgan Stanley raised Ford Motor from an “equal weight” rating to an “overweight” rating and raised their price objective for the company from $10.00 to $12.00 in a research note on Tuesday, August 6th. Four research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, five have given a hold rating, six have issued a buy rating and one has assigned a strong buy rating to the company’s stock. Ford Motor currently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $10.48.

In related news, insider James D. Farley, Jr. sold 45,000 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction dated Friday, July 26th. The stock was sold at an average price of $9.56, for a total value of $430,200.00. Following the sale, the insider now directly owns 541,753 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $5,179,158.68. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through the SEC website. Also, Chairman William Clay Ford, Jr. bought 840,962 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Thursday, August 1st. The stock was acquired at an average cost of $9.51 per share, for a total transaction of $7,997,548.62. Following the completion of the purchase, the chairman now directly owns 1,100,617 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $10,466,867.67. The disclosure for this purchase can be found here. Over the last three months, insiders purchased 861,162 shares of company stock worth $8,193,611 and sold 115,000 shares worth $1,137,650. 0.83% of the stock is owned by company insiders.

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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