Stock Traders Buy High Volume of Ford Motor Put Options (F)

Ford Motor Company (NYSE:F) was the target of some unusual options trading activity on Monday. Traders bought 14,678 put options on the stock. This represents an increase of 104% compared to the typical daily volume of 7,211 put options.

In related news, VP John T. Lawler sold 80,624 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction on Thursday, August 3rd. The shares were sold at an average price of $11.00, for a total value of $886,864.00. Following the completion of the sale, the vice president now directly owns 10 shares in the company, valued at $110. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available at the SEC website. Also, insider James D. Farley, Jr. sold 25,000 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction on Monday, September 11th. The stock was sold at an average price of $11.40, for a total transaction of $285,000.00. Following the completion of the sale, the insider now owns 403,411 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $4,598,885.40. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Over the last 90 days, insiders have sold 170,624 shares of company stock worth $1,912,964. 1.08% of the stock is currently owned by corporate insiders.

Several hedge funds have recently made changes to their positions in F. Balentine LLC boosted its holdings in shares of Ford Motor by 2.6% during the 1st quarter. Balentine LLC now owns 9,097 shares of the auto manufacturer’s stock worth $106,000 after buying an additional 231 shares during the period. Captrust Financial Advisors bought a new stake in shares of Ford Motor during the 2nd quarter worth about $106,000. Archford Capital Strategies LLC boosted its holdings in shares of Ford Motor by 7.8% during the 1st quarter. Archford Capital Strategies LLC now owns 9,361 shares of the auto manufacturer’s stock worth $109,000 after buying an additional 676 shares during the period. Reilly Financial Advisors LLC boosted its holdings in shares of Ford Motor by 1.5% during the 2nd quarter. Reilly Financial Advisors LLC now owns 9,856 shares of the auto manufacturer’s stock worth $110,000 after buying an additional 150 shares during the period. Finally, Kelman Lazarov Inc. bought a new stake in shares of Ford Motor during the 2nd quarter worth about $116,000. 54.35% of the stock is owned by institutional investors and hedge funds.

Ford Motor (NYSE F) opened at 11.71 on Thursday. Ford Motor has a 12 month low of $10.47 and a 12 month high of $13.27. The firm has a market cap of $46.51 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 12.33 and a beta of 1.12. The stock’s 50 day moving average is $11.06 and its 200-day moving average is $11.32.

Ford Motor (NYSE:F) last announced its earnings results on Wednesday, July 26th. The auto manufacturer reported $0.56 EPS for the quarter, topping the consensus estimate of $0.43 by $0.13. The business had revenue of $36.93 billion during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $37.22 billion. Ford Motor had a net margin of 2.52% and a return on equity of 19.69%. Ford Motor’s revenue was down .5% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same quarter in the previous year, the firm posted $0.52 EPS. On average, analysts anticipate that Ford Motor will post $1.75 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

The business also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Friday, September 1st. Investors of record on Monday, July 24th were issued a dividend of $0.15 per share. This represents a $0.60 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 5.12%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Thursday, July 20th. Ford Motor’s payout ratio is 63.16%.

A number of equities research analysts recently issued reports on the stock. Royal Bank Of Canada reiterated a “buy” rating and issued a $13.00 price objective on shares of Ford Motor in a report on Monday. Jefferies Group LLC reiterated a “hold” rating and issued a $12.00 price objective on shares of Ford Motor in a report on Sunday, September 10th. Vetr cut shares of Ford Motor from a “strong-buy” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $12.54 price objective for the company. in a report on Monday, September 4th. ValuEngine cut shares of Ford Motor from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Friday, September 1st. Finally, BidaskClub upgraded shares of Ford Motor from a “strong sell” rating to a “sell” rating in a report on Saturday, August 26th. Three equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, thirteen have issued a hold rating and eight have assigned a buy rating to the company. Ford Motor has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $12.46.

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Ford Motor Company Profile

Ford Motor Company is a global automotive and mobility company. The Company’s business includes designing, manufacturing, marketing, and servicing a full line of Ford cars, trucks, and sport utility vehicles (SUVs), as well as Lincoln luxury vehicles. The Company operates in four segments: Automotive, Financial Services, Ford Smart Mobility LLC, and Central Treasury Operations.

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