NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- The ex-dividend date for Ford Motor (NYSE: F) is Monday, April 30, 2012. Owners of shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 5 cents per share. At a price of $12 as of 9:30 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 1.7%. The average volume for Ford has been 44.8 million shares per day over the past 30 days. Ford has a market cap of $43.93 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector and automotive industry. Shares are up 10.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Ford Motor Company engages in the development, manufacture, distribution, and service of vehicles and related parts worldwide. The company operates through two sectors, Automotive and Financial Services. The automotive sector offers vehicles primarily under the Ford and Lincoln brand names. The company has a P/E ratio of 2.4, equal to the average automotive industry P/E ratio and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7.
TheStreet Ratings rates Ford as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its notable return on equity, revenue growth, compelling growth in net income and impressive record of earnings per share growth. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally poor debt management on most measures that we evaluated. You can view the full Ford Ratings Report. See our dividend calendar or top-yielding stocks list.