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Ford (F) Stock Sinks As Market Gains: What You Should Know


Ford (F) closed at $9.31 in the latest trading session, marking a -0.69% move from the prior day. This move lagged the S&P 500′s daily gain of 0.37%. At the same time, the Dow added 0.44%, and the tech-heavy Nasdaq gained 0.61%.

Prior to today’s trading, shares of the automaker had lost 0.85% over the past month. This has outpaced the Auto-Tires-Trucks sector’s loss of 3.04% and lagged the S&P 500′s gain of 1.82% in that time.

Wall Street will be looking for positivity from F as it approaches its next earnings report date. This is expected to be October 25, 2018. On that day, F is projected to report earnings of $0.33 per share, which would represent a year-over-year decline of 23.26%. Meanwhile, our latest consensus estimate is calling for revenue of $34.49 billion, up 2.5% from the prior-year quarter.

Looking at the full year, our Zacks Consensus Estimates suggest analysts are expecting earnings of $1.38 per share and revenue of $146.35 billion. These totals would mark changes of -22.47% and -1.47%, respectively, from last year.

Investors should also note any recent changes to analyst estimates for F. These revisions typically reflect the latest short-term business trends, which can change frequently. As such, positive estimate revisions reflect analyst optimism about the company’s business and profitability.

Our research shows that these estimate changes are directly correlated with near-term stock prices. We developed the Zacks Rank to capitalize on this phenomenon. Our system takes these estimate changes into account and delivers a clear, actionable rating model.

The Zacks Rank system, which ranges from #1 (Strong Buy) to #5 (Strong Sell), has an impressive outside-audited track record of outperformance, with #1 stocks generating an average annual return of +25% since 1988. Within the past 30 days, our consensus EPS projection remained stagnant. F is currently a Zacks Rank #5 (Strong Sell).

Looking at its valuation, F is holding a Forward P/E ratio of 6.79. Its industry sports an average Forward P/E of 12.67, so we one might conclude that F is trading at a discount comparatively.

We can also see that F currently has a PEG ratio of 1.28. The PEG ratio is similar to the widely-used P/E ratio, but this metric also takes the company’s expected earnings growth rate into account. The Automotive – Domestic industry currently had an average PEG ratio of 1.28 as of yesterday’s close.

The Automotive – Domestic industry is part of the Auto-Tires-Trucks sector. This industry currently has a Zacks Industry Rank of 182, which puts it in the bottom 29% of all 250+ industries.

The Zacks Industry Rank gauges the strength of our individual industry groups by measuring the average Zacks Rank of the individual stocks within the groups. Our research shows that the top 50% rated industries outperform the bottom half by a factor of 2 to 1.

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