Ford Motor Company (NYSE:F) Increases Profit-sharing to Workers on Higher Than Expected Profits

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It can only be a good sign when a company like Ford Motor Company (NYSE:F) decides to increase profit-sharing and bonuses to their employees. This, however, is exactly what the company has announced, thanks to profits that appear to be higher than they have been expecting.

Ford Motor Company (NYSE:F) is also changing the way they report for pensions, which has resulted in a $1.5 billion gain on its 2015 full-year earnings pre-tax profit numbers. This results in an additional $709 that will end up in the pockets of each of the company’s employees when they receive their profit-sharing checks soon.

“The change we are announcing today in how we report accumulated costs related to our pension and OPEB (other post-retirement employee benefits) plans will show that our operating results were even stronger, particularly in North America and Europe,” said Bob Shanks, Ford’s chief financial officer, in a statement.

Interestingly shares of Ford Motor Company (NYSE:F) are down today. The stock is down 3.05% or $0.4 following the news, hitting $12.71 per share. About 40.11 million shares traded hands or 45.70% up from the average. F has declined 13.75% since June 3, 2015 and is downtrending. It has underperformed the S&P500 by 7.89%.

From a total of 5 analysts covering F&M Bank (NYSE:F) stock, 4 rate it a “Buy”, 0 a “Sell”, and 1 a “Hold”. This means that 80% of the ratings are positive. The highest target price is $119 while the lowest target price is $16.44. The mean of all analyst targets is $31.93 which is 151.22% above today’s ($12.71) stock price. F&M Bank was the topic of 8 analyst reports since August 7, 2015 according to the firm StockzIntelligence Inc. UBS maintained shares on October 28 with a “Buy” rating. S&P Research maintained F stock in a recent report from September 25 with a “Strong Buy” rating. Finally, Compass Point initiated the stock with a “Neutral” rating in a report they issued on an August 7.

The institutional sentiment decreased to 1.11 in Q2 2015. It’s down 0.03, from 1.14 in 2015Q2. The ratio is negative, as 67 funds sold all their Ford Motor Company shares they owned while 361 reduced their positions. 82 funds bought stakes while 391 increased their total positions. Institutions now own 2.26 billion shares which is 2.80% more than the previous share count of 2.20 billion in 2015Q2.

Vantage Investment Partners Llc holds 37.57% of its total portfolio in Ford Motor Company, equating to 9.12 million shares. Western Asset Management Co owns 1.13 million shares representing 13.41% of their total US portfolio. Moreover, Evercore Trust Company N.A. has 11.51% of their total portfolio invested in the company, equating to 219.80 million shares. The Missouri-based Terril Brothers Inc. has a total of 8.38% of their portfolio invested in the stock. Athena Global Investors Llc, a Virginia-based fund reported 516,520 shares owned.

Since March 23, 2015, the stock had 0 buys, and 1 insider sale for a total of $1.26 million in net activity. Fleming John sold 91,576 shares worth $1.26 million. Schoch David L. sold 14,903 shares worth $221,783. Leitch David G sold 140,000 shares worth $2.10 million. Rowley Stuart J. sold 12,000 shares worth $197,688.

Ford Motor Company manufactures or distributes automobiles across six continents. The company has a market cap of $51.66 billion. The Firm operates in two sectors: Automotive and Financial Services. It has 10.65 P/E ratio. Automotive sector includes North America, South America, Europe, Middle East & Africa, and Asia Pacific divisions.

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