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

Ford (F) closed the most recent trading day at $8.36, moving +0.84% from the previous trading session. This move outpaced the S&P 500's daily gain of 0.76%. Elsewhere, the Dow gained 0.67%, while the tech-heavy Nasdaq added 0.71%.

Prior to today's trading, shares of the automaker had lost 0.36% over the past month. This has lagged the Auto-Tires-Trucks sector's gain of 4.97% and the S&P 500's gain of 0.75% in that time.

Investors will be hoping for strength from F as it approaches its next earnings release, which is expected to be January 23, 2019. In that report, analysts expect F to post earnings of $0.33 per share. This would mark a year-over-year decline of 15.38%. Our most recent consensus estimate is calling for quarterly revenue of $36.96 billion, down 10.5% from the year-ago period.

Investors should also note any recent changes to analyst estimates for F. Recent revisions tend to reflect the latest near-term business trends. As a result, we can interpret positive estimate revisions as a good sign for the company's business outlook.

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 ranges from #1 (Strong Buy) to #5 (Strong Sell). It has a remarkable, outside-audited track record of success, with #1 stocks delivering an average annual return of +25% since 1988. Within the past 30 days, our consensus EPS projection has moved 0.99% higher. F currently has a Zacks Rank of #3 (Hold).

Valuation is also important, so investors should note that F has a Forward P/E ratio of 6.5 right now. Its industry sports an average Forward P/E of 10.31, so we one might conclude that F is trading at a discount comparatively.

Also, we should mention that F has a PEG ratio of 1.23. This metric is used similarly to the famous P/E ratio, but the PEG ratio also takes into account the stock's expected earnings growth rate. The Automotive - Domestic was holding an average PEG ratio of 1.26 at yesterday's closing price.

The Automotive - Domestic industry is part of the Auto-Tires-Trucks sector. This industry currently has a Zacks Industry Rank of 19, which puts it in the top 8% of all 250+ industries.

The Zacks Industry Rank includes is listed in order from best to worst in terms of the average Zacks Rank of the individual companies within each of these sectors. Our research shows that the top 50% rated industries outperform the bottom half by a factor of 2 to 1.

You can find more information on all of these metrics, and much more, on Zacks.com.


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