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Ford Motor ( F)

Background: Ford produces cars and trucks. The company and its subsidiaries also engage in other businesses, including manufacturing automotive components and systems and financing and renting vehicles and equipment.

The company is divided up into the following four operating segments: Automotive, Visteon Automotive Systems, Ford Motor Credit Company, and the Hertz Corporation. Ford trades an average of 36 million shares per day with a marketcap of $39 billion.

52-Week Range: $8.82 to $13.05

Book Value: $4.7

Price to Book: 2.3

Wall Street isn't expecting much this quarter. Earnings per share is expected to come in below last year for the same quarter. The earnings release is scheduled before the market opens on Oct. 30.

The consensus estimate is currently 30 cents a share, a decline of 4 cents (11.8%) from 34 cents during the corresponding period last year. Analysts' estimates this quarter range from 16 cents, to a high of 34 cents per share. Next quarter is shaping up to fall further, albeit, above the year-ago period.

TheStreet's Doug Kass writes about Ford in The Long Way .

Analysts approve the road Ford is traveling on. Fourteen of the 21 analysts covering the company give a buy recommendation. Seven analysts rate it a hold, and not one sell rating. Investors haven't made progress this year. Shares in the company fell 20% from a year ago. The average analyst target price for Ford is $14.00.

Ford is making the necessary changes needed in Europe. Perhaps not fast enough, but making them nonetheless. Ford continues to push into China, and hopefully the market will remain strong after increased production comes online.

Shareholders receive 20 cents annually in dividend payments. The current 2% yield becomes even more attractive if shares go on sale under $10. Ford is a strong buy on dips for longer term holds in my opinion. Don't let this earnings report (good or bad) shake you out of your shares. I wrote about Ford in the option newsletter I write with Rocco Pendola.

The short interest is slightly elevated, granted. When short interest is under 4% I give it little weight on decision-making. As long as the short interest remains under near this level, I won't give it much thought. Short interest is 3.7%, and if the proportion shorted ascends significantly, I recommend monitoring for a possible exit.

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