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Trade-Ideas LLC identified

Ford Motor

(

F

) as a pre-market laggard candidate. In addition to specific proprietary factors, Trade-Ideas identified Ford Motor as such a stock due to the following factors:

  • F has an average dollar-volume (as measured by average daily share volume multiplied by share price) of $374.0 million.
  • F traded 102,388 shares today in the pre-market hours as of 7:45 AM.
  • F is down 2.2% today from Friday's close.

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More details on F:

Ford Motor Company manufactures and distributes automobiles worldwide. The company operates through two sectors, Automotive and Financial Services. The Automotive sector develops, manufactures, distributes, and services vehicles, parts, and accessories. The stock currently has a dividend yield of 3.8%. F has a PE ratio of 19.7. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate Ford Motor a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

The average volume for Ford Motor has been 26.9 million shares per day over the past 30 days. Ford has a market cap of $61.5 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector and automotive industry. The stock has a beta of 0.91 and a short float of 2% with 3.34 days to cover. Shares are up 1.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday.

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TheStreetRatings.com

Analysis:

TheStreet Quant Ratings

rates Ford Motor as a

buy

. Among the primary strengths of the company is its generally strong cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself.

Highlights from the ratings report include:

  • Net operating cash flow has significantly increased by 588.25% to $2,168.00 million when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, FORD MOTOR CO has also vastly surpassed the industry average cash flow growth rate of -27.24%.
  • Regardless of the drop in revenue, the company managed to outperform against the industry average of 11.3%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly dropped by 4.5%. Weakness in the company's revenue seems to have hurt the bottom line, decreasing earnings per share.
  • FORD MOTOR CO has experienced a steep decline in earnings per share in the most recent quarter in comparison to its performance from the same quarter a year ago. The company has suffered a declining pattern of earnings per share over the past two years. However, we anticipate this trend to reverse over the coming year. During the past fiscal year, FORD MOTOR CO reported lower earnings of $0.78 versus $1.75 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($1.59 versus $0.78).
  • The gross profit margin for FORD MOTOR CO is rather low; currently it is at 16.65%. Regardless of F's low profit margin, it has managed to increase from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, the net profit margin of 0.14% trails the industry average.
  • Return on equity has greatly decreased when compared to its ROE from the same quarter one year prior. This is a signal of major weakness within the corporation. Compared to other companies in the Automobiles industry and the overall market on the basis of return on equity, FORD MOTOR CO has outperformed in comparison with the industry average, but has underperformed when compared to that of the S&P 500.

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