Ford Motor Company (NYSE:F) Investors Appear Indifferent to Fact that 40% of Company’s Cars Will be Electric Within 4 Years


Ford Motor Company (NYSE:F) has been known for their innovations over the past several years, since electing not to take the bailout from the government. However, not only are they working to bring their vehicles into modern times as far as aesthetics go, but they apparently will be investing a huge amount of money to bring electric vehicles to market as well.

Upon an announcement that was made last week, in which the company will spend close to $4.5 billion to turn 40% of their vehicles away from gasoline and toward electric, investors haven’t really given an inclination, one way or another, to whether they favor or disfavor the move. Shares jumped slightly but then returned to their previous point.

The intentions of Ford Motor Company (NYSE:F) is to bring 13 new electric vehicles to market by 2020, a move that seems to signal a mass change within the automobile manufacturing industry as a whole.

The stock decreased 1.25% or $0.18 on December 21, hitting $13.8. Approximately 1,000 shares traded hands. F shares have declined 11.42% since May 18, 2015 and are currently downtrending. It has underperformed the S&P500 by 9.16%.

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 131.38% above today’s ($13.8) 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 worsened, 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 insider buys, and 2 selling transactions for a total of $1.49 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 $2.10M. 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 $54.77 billion. The Firm operates in two sectors: Automotive and Financial Services. It has 11.58 P/E ratio. Automotive sector includes North America, South America, Europe, Middle East & Africa, and Asia Pacific divisions.