The Ford Motor Company is an American multinational automobile manufacturer with headquarters in Dearborn, Michigan. It was founded by Henry Ford and incorporated on June 16, 1903. It manufactures vehicles under the Ford brand and sells luxury cars under the Lincoln luxury brand. It has been producing cars for over a century, and is one of the largest automobile manufacturers in the world.
Ford shares declined by 3% on Thursday morning, mainly because of investor concerns over the economy and declining profits. However, they reversed course and gained 1.2% as of 12:50 p.m. ET on Friday. This turnaround reflects different investor perspectives. The company’s performance may be a good investment at the moment, but you should keep an eye on the long-term outlook.
Ford’s third-quarter results will be released on Oct. 26, and the company is forecasting an adjusted earnings before interest and taxes (EBIT) of $11.5 billion to $12.5 billion for 2022. However, it’s not clear if this is enough to avoid a downgrade. A recession could wipe out Ford’s operating profit, and the company needs that cash to fund its investment plans.
While global automakers tend to be volatile, Ford’s performance has been remarkably consistent. Since its incorporation, the automaker has built some of the world’s most iconic cars. Ford stock has seen positive returns over the past three years, and its 16% year-to-date gain is a better than average for the five biggest publicly traded auto companies on Earth. However, investors should note that the stock’s recent performance hasn’t made up for a 34% decline over the last year. It’s also currently trading 8% below its 200-day moving average.