Why Ford (F) Stock is Down Today

NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Ford Motor Co.  (F) joined fellow U.S. automakers General Motors  (GM) and Chrysler Group in issuing recalls when it announced two of its own on Monday.

Ford will recall a total of nearly 435,000 vehicles in order to repair rusting frame parts and faulty seats. The first recall involves nearly 386,000 Ford Escape vehicles from 2001 to 2004, according to The Associated Press. The subframes on these vehicles could rust, which could cause a control arm to separate and cause problems with steering. Ford announced this problem was blamed on one crash in which no one was injured.

According to USA Today, this recall affects 20 states with cold weather, along with the District of Columbia, in which salt used to remove ice from roads can help cause the rusting.

The second recall involves 49,000 Ford Fusion, Lincoln MKZ, Ford Escape and C-Max vehicles from 2013 and 2014 to replace seat back frames that were improperly welded.

Ford was down 1.15% to $15.94 at 3:10 p.m.

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Separately, TheStreet Ratings team rates FORD MOTOR CO as a "buy" with a ratings score of B. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation:

"We rate FORD MOTOR CO (F) a BUY. This is driven by multiple strengths, which we believe should have a greater impact than any weaknesses, and should give investors a better performance opportunity than most stocks we cover. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, revenue growth, attractive valuation levels, good cash flow from operations and impressive record of earnings per share growth. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated."

Highlights from the analysis by TheStreet Ratings Team goes as follows:

  • Powered by its strong earnings growth of 85.00% and other important driving factors, this stock has surged by 29.25% over the past year, outperforming the rise in the S&P 500 Index during the same period. Regarding the stock's future course, although almost any stock can fall in a broad market decline, F should continue to move higher despite the fact that it has already enjoyed a very nice gain in the past year.
  • Despite its growing revenue, the company underperformed as compared with the industry average of 4.5%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly increased by 3.6%. Growth in the company's revenue appears to have helped boost the earnings per share.
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly increased by 187.25% to $315.00 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 30.77%.
  • FORD MOTOR CO reported significant earnings per share improvement in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. The company has demonstrated a pattern of positive earnings per share growth over the past year. However, we anticipate underperformance relative to this pattern in the coming year. During the past fiscal year, FORD MOTOR CO increased its bottom line by earning $1.75 versus $1.42 in the prior year. For the next year, the market is expecting a contraction of 22.0% in earnings ($1.37 versus $1.75).
  • You can view the full analysis from the report here: F Ratings Report

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