|Bid||9.41 x 36100|
|Ask||9.52 x 41800|
|Day's Range||9.30 - 9.51|
|52 Week Range||7.41 - 12.15|
|Beta (3Y Monthly)||0.75|
|PE Ratio (TTM)||10.33|
|Earnings Date||Apr 25, 2019|
|Forward Dividend & Yield||0.60 (6.83%)|
|1y Target Est||9.27|
For my colleague and 2 Dudes co-host Rick Newman and I, it was another show in the books where SUVs were the main draw. Truck love in NYC is nothing new, as last year it was the pickups that were all the rage, but with new models out last year for Ford (updated at least), GM, and Ram, the half-ton battlefield for 2019 was subdued.
Inside, you get a typical Ford interior sourced from the early 1990s. This was actually the last year before Ford introduced the all-new, oval-tastic Ford F-150 with the Super Duty F-250 like this living on an extra year. Specifically, this six-passenger F-250 Super Cab is an XLT trim and includes full power everything including driver lumbar, a cassette player (and therefore smartphone compatibility thanks to a tape adapter), original books and manuals, a towing package, and a trailer brake controller.
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U.S. Vice President Mike Pence will visit southeast Michigan on Wednesday to make the case that the North American trade deal intended to replace NAFTA would boost the auto industry, the White House said on Tuesday. Pence will speak at an event with automakers and auto suppliers in Taylor, Michigan and will tour a Ford Motor Co truck plant in Dearborn as the administration works to convince Congress to ratify the new trade deal - the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA).
What Do Analysts Expect from Ford’s Q1 2019 Earnings?(Continued from Prior Part)Ratings on Ford stockAccording to the latest data compiled by Reuters, 64% of analysts covering Ford Motor Company’s (F) stock have given it “hold”
As Ford Motor (NYSE:F) prepares to report earnings after the market close on April 25, the mystery surrounding its stock continues. How is it possible that Ford stock isn't even worth $10 per share?Source: Jens Mayer via Flickr (Modified)Ford sports a dividend of 15 cents per share and every quarter it out-earns that dividend. For the current quarter, earnings are expected to be 26 cents per share, on revenue of over $36.5 billion.Usually a yield of 6.8% on any investment is worth paying for, especially if it can be repaid from earnings. But that's not the case for Ford stock. The only comparable yield I can find is AT&T (NYSE:T), and their balance sheet is a mess. Meanwhile, Ford has less than $12 billion in debt, against cash and short-term securities of $22 billion. Yes, there are pension obligations out there, but the balance sheet is not a mess.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading Tips The Vision ThingThe problem with Ford stock, obviously, is the vision thing. Investors don't buy Ford's vision, and traders have tired of waiting for them to. * 7 Digital Ad Stocks That Deserve Your Attention Right Now In the name of full disclosure, I was one of those traders. I bought Ford a few years ago at about $12 and finally turned in my hand at close to the April 23 opening price of $9.50. Despite the dividend I lost a little money.Ford hired Jim Hackett as its CEO nearly two years ago, after a stint as Interim Athletic Director at the University of Michigan, where he hired Jim Harbaugh as head football coach.At the time of Hackett's hiring at Ford, Harbaugh looked like a great hire. But Michigan is still Michigan, a good team that should be in the national championship fight but manages to stumble against rivals like Ohio State, the teams its fans most want to beat.The same thing is true for Hackett at Ford. The numbers aren't that bad. They're just not very different from his predecessors.Hackett's vision, like Harbaugh's, was grand. But a year after it was first announced it looks pedestrian. Every big U.S. car company is pushing pick-ups and SUVs instead of sedans. Every big car company has plans for electrics and self-driving cars. GM is Hackett's Ohio StateThere are rumblings that Hackett isn't being up-front with his dealers, as there are rumblings over Harbaugh and the media. Hackett's strategy seems vague and profits are still not rising. Ohio State is still out there.Executive chairman Bill Ford, whose family still controls the company, continues to defend Hackett. He's the athletic director here, noting that Hackett is addressing the company's problems in Europe and China, and that he has a long-term plan.But he can't beat Ohio State, or as they call it in the Ford board room, General Motors (NYSE:GM). GM has given its shareholders a 14% gain in the last two years, against Ford's loss of 17%. Tesla (NASDAQ:TSLA), despite its recent troubles, is still worth $7 billion more than Ford, with barely 15% of Ford's sales. The Bottom Line for Ford StockFord, and Hackett, insist their turnaround of the company is a long-term project and that they're on track. A new chief financial officer has been recruited from Amazon.com (NASDAQ:AMZN). The company has a new plan for China, built around electric cars, and is restructuring in Europe. Hackett is trying to water down the hype over self-driving cars. If a recession comes, Hackett insists Ford will be ready. There's even a new electric SUV coming to market next year. It's like recruiting a 300-pound high school lineman with closing speed. * 10 High-Yielding Dividend Stocks That Won't Wilt But Ford is still trailing GM, and as the halftime whistle blows on Hackett's Ford tenure, the fans are wondering if he can ever get Ford over the hump.Dana Blankenhorn is a financial and technology journalist. He is the author of a new mystery thriller, The Reluctant Detective Finds Her Family, available now at the Amazon Kindle store. Write him at email@example.com or follow him on Twitter at @danablankenhorn. As of this writing he owned shares in AMZN. More From InvestorPlace * 2 Toxic Pot Stocks You Should Avoid * 10 High-Yielding Dividend Stocks That Won't Wilt * 4 Energy Stocks Soaring as Trump Tightens on Iran * 7 Tech Stocks With Too Much Risk, Not Enough Upside Compare Brokers The post Investors Just Don't Believe in Ford Stock Anymore appeared first on InvestorPlace.
What Do Analysts Expect from Ford’s Q1 2019 Earnings?(Continued from Prior Part)Ford’s recent stock performanceIn the last couple of quarters, America’s worsening trade relations with other nations including China, Mexico, and European nations
Tesla (NASDAQ:TSLA) is scheduled to announce its quarterly earnings Wednesday after market close. Steadily falling estimates have weighed on TSLA stock in recent months. Now, earnings will cap off an event-driven week for Tesla as the company hosted its Investor Autonomy Day.Source: Shutterstock So far, TSLA stock has not reacted well to some of the claims of CEO Elon Musk. However, with all of the negative news in recent months, low expectations could set up an upside surprise in Tesla stock. TSLA Stock Earnings Poised to Return to LossesFor the first quarter, analysts expect a quarterly loss of 69 cents per share for the battery company. This would come in higher than the same quarter last year when the company lost $3.35 per share. Still, for a company aiming for sustained profitability, it means a return to losses for now. Wall Street also forecasts revenue of $5.33 billion. If this holds, it will represent an increase of 56.2% on a year-over-year basis. TSLA reported $3.41 billion in revenue in the first quarter of 2018.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading TipsBarring a surprise, Tesla looks poised to report a loss after two profitable quarters. It has faced a challenging year as the EV subsidy looks set to phase out due to the rising production numbers from both Tesla and GM (NYSE:GM). The company also faces increased competition other large manufacturers in the EV market. * 10 High-Yielding Dividend Stocks That Won't Wilt Then there is Mr. Musk. Investors had started to get used to his antics. However, the company held its Investor Autonomy Day Monday in Palo Alto. At the event, Mr. Musk showed Tesla's driverless vehicle technology. He also announced that the company would have over one million Tesla robo-taxis on the road by next year. That goal might seem ambitious seeing as the company produced about 350,000 cars in 2018. However, he hedged on that promise saying, "he's missed the mark before."Mr. Musk also doubled down on the bold claims, saying that within three years, owning anything but a Tesla would be "financially insane" and compared having other cars to "owning a horse." Wall Street seemed unimpressed with his predictions as TSLA stock fell by 3.85% in Monday trading. The Speculative Case for TSLA StockI need to see more before I buy some of these claims. However, I see a case for buying TSLA stock before earnings, at least for those who have money for a speculative play.Yes, Mr. Musk's personality breeds uncertainty. Also, Tesla stock has fallen as consensus estimates for the previous quarter fell. Three months ago, consensus estimates stood at a profit of $1.28 per share. With analysts now estimating a 69-cent-per-share loss, feelings have changed.However, this has taken expectations so low that any better-than-expected news could turn into a catalyst. Moreover, even as the equities of GM and Ford (NYSE:F) rose, TSLA stock has lost more than 30% of its value since the middle of December. Its price has now fallen close to the lows the stock saw last October. If the high $240s per share range represents a double bottom, TSLA could easily bounce back. The Bottom Line on TSLA StockThough TSLA stock faces deep uncertainty, low expectations may set the equity up for a bounce following earnings. Since the last earnings report, Tesla stock has fallen as hopes for sustained profits have turned back to losses, at least for now. Moreover, at Mr. Musk's Investor Autonomy Day, many seemed skeptical of his claims.Nonetheless, expectations have fallen so low that they have nowhere to go but up. Moreover, the stock looks poised to retest the lows of last October. Hence, one could make an argument for a speculative long bet. Admittedly, if TSLA stock falls into the mid-$240s, this bullish thesis falls apart. Still, if the near-term lows hold, TSLA could see a dramatic reversal.As of this writing, Will Healy did not hold a position in any of the aforementioned stocks. You can follow Will on Twitter at @HealyWriting. More From InvestorPlace * 2 Toxic Pot Stocks You Should Avoid * 10 High-Yielding Dividend Stocks That Won't Wilt * 4 Energy Stocks Soaring as Trump Tightens on Iran * 7 Tech Stocks With Too Much Risk, Not Enough Upside Compare Brokers The post Earnings Could Bring an Upside Surprise in Tesla Stock appeared first on InvestorPlace.
What Do Analysts Expect from Ford’s Q1 2019 Earnings?Ford’s Q1 2019 earningsFord Motor Company (F), the second-largest US automaker by 2018 vehicle sales volume, is set to release its first-quarter earnings report on April 25 after the market
Not even news of autonomous robotaxis could steer Tesla Inc (NASDAQ: TSLA )'s stock straight after a weekend Model S explosion and board shakeup . What Happened Tesla CEO Elon Musk said Monday he is “very ...
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Bye, Bye, Birdie. The City of Minneapolis announced Monday that it has selected four e-scooter companies to participate in its extended scooter pilot program, and notably, Bird, the first e-scooter company to arrive in the Twin Cities, isn’t on the list.
These Auto Companies Are Set to Release Earnings This Week(Continued from Prior Part)Auto stocksThis month, most auto stocks have outperformed the broader market. Amid ongoing US-China trade negotiations, high expectations from the auto
These Auto Companies Are Set to Release Earnings This WeekAuto stocks in Q1 2019In the first quarter, the broader market and most auto stocks traded on a positive note. The S&P 500 and the NASDAQ Composite rose 13.1% and 16.5%, respectively,
Right now Tesla (NASDAQ:TSLA) is a stock a lot of people want to hate. While the NASDAQ averages are up 20% so far in 2019, Tesla stock is down nearly 20%.Source: Shutterstock Greenlight Capital CEO David Einhorn is among the loudest detractors. He writes "the wheels are coming off" and thinks Tesla is on the brink of failure.Earnings estimates for the March quarter, to be reported April 24, are grim. Average analyst estimates predict a loss of 75 cents, but the earnings whisper number is a loss of $1.13. Revenue is expected to come in at $5.33 billion, against $7.2 billion during the fourth quarter of last year.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading Tips Is Tesla Failing?Tesla still sells more like a tech stock than an auto stock. The market cap on April 15 was about $46 billion, against 2018 revenue of $21.46 billion. By contrast, rivals like General Motors (NYSE:GM) and Ford Motor (NYSE:F) sell at just one-third their revenues. * 3 Stocks on Shaky Ground As far back as 2016 I identified scaling production as Tesla's main challenge. As recently as last month, I asked if CEO Elon Musk's magic had disappeared.But Tesla is not going out of business.In September, Tesla had almost as much of the U.S. luxury car market as BMW (OTCMKTS:BMWYY) and Mercedes-Benz (OTCMKTS:DDAIF) combined. The Model S took 36% of the U.S. market for large luxury cars last year. The Model X has nearly one-fifth the luxury SUV market. The Model 3 is the best-selling electric in the world. Tesla's ProblemsTesla's problems today are real, but they're different than those I identified in 2016.Tesla can now mass produce cars, but it still lacks the infrastructure to deliver them. As more of its cars hit the road, problems with them are being uncovered. Consumer Reports is no longer recommending the Tesla Model 3. The factory is picking up environmental fines.Musk himself remains incorrigible, tweeting a forecast that Tesla will deliver 500,000 cars over the next 12 months before telling investors. Musk is trying to eliminate his dealer network, going to all-online sales. He is backing away from the long-promised $35,000 price point of the Model 3. He is reportedly putting off plans to expand Tesla's battery plant in Nevada.Additionally,Tesla and Elon Musk are in bad political odor with an Administration committed to oil. Not only do Republicans want to kill incentives for electric vehicles, they want to add new taxes on them.During 2017 and 2018 Musk tried to charm President Trump but he now says the President "screwed him."Short interest in Tesla stock is exploding. Over 32 million shares are being sold short with a float of just 126 million while one-quarter of shares are held by insiders. The Bottom Line for Tesla StockTesla stock rose before it was a real car company.Now it is a real car company. It is experiencing all the problems associated with being a real car company.But Tesla is not a failing car company. It is still a growing car company. It is building its own factory in China. It has plans to offer a crossover, a pick-up, a roadster, and even a semi-truck. The problem with Tesla stock is that it's still priced like a tech stock. * 7 Tech Stocks With Too Much Risk, Not Enough Upside I still think the short interest in Tesla is overdone, however. As the saying goes, he who sells what isn't his'n, must buy it back or go to pris'n. I suspect the shorts are about to get squeezed again.Dana Blankenhorn is a financial and technology journalist. He is the author of a new mystery thriller, The Reluctant Detective Finds Her Family, available now at the Amazon Kindle store. Write him at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow him on Twitter at @danablankenhorn. As of this writing he owned no shares in companies mentioned in this article. Compare Brokers The post Tesla's Real Problem? It's a Car Stock Priced Like a Tech Stock appeared first on InvestorPlace.
Higher transaction price per vehicle is likely to drive Ford's (F) first-quarter 2019 earnings. However, loss-making European businesses and steep costs are concerns.
[Editor's note: This story was previously published in February 2019. It has since been updated and republished.]Is it finally over? Are China and the United States finally going to be able to come to trade terms both parties can live with? Nothing is ever certain in the current political environment. But both countries seem to have grown weary enough of the tariff war to seriously come up with a solution that takes the brakes off the global economy.The next obvious question: What are the best stocks to buy now that China and the U.S. are starting to look like potential trade partners again, rather than trade foes?InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading TipsThe knee-jerk answer is the same companies that suffered the most when the trade war became a reality. But,the list doesn't necessarily have to end there. The impact of tariffs has shaken things up on a fairly permanent basis, and some new players have slipped into more meaningful roles thanks to some rather serious shakeups in the trade landscape. * 7 Healthy Dividend Stocks to Buy for Extra Stability Here's a rundown of nine of your best bets if China and the U.S. look like they're going to ink a deal very soon. Skyworks Solutions (SWKS)It's a bit off-the-radar, as its wares are found inside the world's most popular consumer electronics with someone else's logo on the outside. But, without Skyworks Solutions (NASDAQ:SWKS), your iPhone, Samsung Galaxy and other smartphones may not work quite as well as they do.Although it has been tricky at times to figure out just how subject Skyworks is to the tariff war that may be winding down soon -- in that it's supposed to apply to finished goods and not components -- such details haven't mattered entirely. An estimated 83% of its revenue comes from Chinese customers. One way or another, the expanded trade war has created a problem that an end to the trade war could quell. Caterpillar (CAT)Truth be told, the rising costs of raw materials stemming from increased tariffs has been more bark than bite for Caterpillar (NYSE:CAT). Although the company didn't comment on their fiscal impact in the fourth quarter, during the third-quarter recently-imposed tariffs only added $40 million worth of expenses. That's roughly one-third of 1% of Q3's revenue -- more than absorbable.That's not to say the trade war isn't taking a toll on the heavy equipment maker though. While Q4 sales grew everywhere else, revenue driven by the Asia-Pacific market during Q4 were down 4% year-over-year. Some analysts fear that a continued trade war could take an even bigger bite out of the bottom line this year. * 7 Healthy Dividend Stocks to Buy for Extra Stability Yet, it's fear more than anything else that's holding CAT stock back. Qualcomm (QCOM)We'll never really know for sure if the endeavor to unite Qualcomm (NASDAQ:QCOM) and NXP Semiconductors (NASDAQ:NXPI) was blocked solely to make a statement at the onset of new tariffs, or if China's would have barred it under any circumstances. It would be naive, however, to believe the ruling wasn't at least politically motivated.Since then, surprisingly enough, Qualcomm has largely escaped the brunt of new tariffs. Its fiscal Q1 sales and earnings both fell year-over-year, but both also exceeded expectations as the company and its Chinese partners worked past usually contentious problems to find a royalty arrangement that all parties can accept.The stock has thus far been non-responsive to the company's success, with most investors likely fearing its relationships with Chinese partners are strained. If the rhetoric changes for the better though, that unmerited doubt could leave, and lift QCOM stock with it. Tyson Foods (TSN)It has been a largely overlooked victim of the trade war, not being nearly as sexy higher-profile tech names. The relatively few investors that watch or own Tyson Foods (NYSE:TSN), however, know the true depths of the problems the tariff war has created for the company.Chief among those problems is the waning price of meat.Mostly priced out of overseas market thanks to retaliatory tariffs, the United States is suffering from a glut of meat -- and chicken in particular -- that's crimping market prices. The end result? Profit margins on chicken sales should roll in at only 6% this year, down from 2018's 9.4%. * 7 Healthy Dividend Stocks to Buy for Extra Stability Tyson Foods has somewhat sidestepped the challenge by looking to acquire more international exposure. But, such dealmaking isn't always as cheap or as effective as organic, home-grown growth that includes rekindled sales to overseas customers. An end to the trade war would facilitate just that. Ford Motor Company (F)To be clear, Ford Motor Company (NYSE:F) was fighting an uphill battle anyway, even before President Trump was elected. Automobile sales reached a cyclical peak in 2015, and the iconic carmaker's stock actually topped out before that.Nevertheless, tariffs on materials imported from China coupled with tariffs on vehicles exported to China has created a headwind the company just doesn't need right now. In September of last year, CEO James Hackett suggested steel tariffs had already reduced the company's profits by a total $1 billion just since going into place in 2018. Meanwhile, Q3 revenue from its China arm was lower by 15% year-over-year thanks to retaliatory tariffs.Already sporting a rock-bottom, forward-looking price-to-earnings ratio of 7.1, even a half-hearted trade agreement could position Ford as one of the market's best stocks to step into. Ctrip.Com International (CTRP)Ctrip.Com International (NASDAQ:CTRP), for the unfamiliar, is China's equivalent to Expedia Group (NASDAQ:EXPE) or Tripadvisor (NASDAQ:TRIP).Online travel agents weren't much of a need in China just a few years ago. But, global economic growth gave rise to a new level of consumerism there, growing paychecks to the point where a huge swath of new entrants into the country's middle class could afford to travel.No sooner had China's middle-class consumerism reached full speed before tough tariffs slowed the country's economic engine down last year. The nation's consumer confidence, after peaking a year ago, has fallen substantially since then, as workers increasingly realize President Donald Trump wasn't bluffing. * 7 Healthy Dividend Stocks to Buy for Extra Stability An end to the trade war could easily light a fire under Ctrip shares. Deere & Company (DE)While Caterpillar is the machinery company that's made the most noise in response to new tariffs, farm implement outfit Deere & Company (NYSE:DE) is arguably a bigger victim. It's also, however, better positioned to recover once the tariff war comes to a close.The company is fighting not one war, but two.On one front, it's bearing the added cost of materials needed to manufacture tractors and pickers, while struggling to keep its wares affordable enough to China's farms that need high-throughput farm equipment.The second -- and arguably bigger -- hurdle Deere faces right now is diminished demand from U.S. farms that suddenly find themselves struggling to sell their goods overseas. The 25% levy China imposed on U.S. grown soybeans, for instance, has all but halted sales of U.S. soybeans there. Farmers aren't interested in buying equipment that won't at least pay for itself. Walmart (WMT)Add Walmart (NYSE:WMT) to your list of the best stocks to buy if and when the trade war finally cools off, for the obvious reason.To its credit, the world's biggest retailer has made a deliberate effort to procure and sell more goods made in the United States. There's only so much inventory U.S. companies can supply though. For goods like luggage, vacuum cleaners, furniture and electronics accessories, China may be the only viable source. It has been estimated that as much as three-fourths of the merchandise sold in Walmart stores is made in China. * 7 Healthy Dividend Stocks to Buy for Extra Stability Thus far, the company has been able to navigate tricky tariff waters, keeping most prices at palatable levels. There's no getting around the reality, however, that an end to the tariff war would be a huge relief to owners of WMT stock. A. O. Smith (AOS)Finally, A. O. Smith (NYSE:AOS) may end up being one of the biggest winners of an end to the increasingly nagging trade war.It was already noted that the rise of middle-class consumerism in China proved to be a boom for Ctrip, but the nation's cultural shift didn't end there. For some of China's residents, better-paying jobs meant growing demand for water heaters. For some families, it was their first hot water tank.So far the company has managed matters reasonably well. Although its third-quarter report was lackluster, it could have been worse. Last year's top and bottom lines were still record-breaking.Nevertheless, the company fears a prolonged trade war could increasingly weaken results. CEO Kevin Wheeler added to the organization's 2018 report "Assuming relatively flat consumer demand in 2019 and without the impact of the previously disclosed channel inventory build we experienced in 2018, which we estimate was at least 5 percent of 2018 China sales, we project China sales will decline by 3 to 6 percent in 2019 in local currency terms and 7 to 10 percent in U.S. dollar terms."An amicable end to the trade spat, of course, would turn that headwind around.As of this writing, James Brumley held a long position in Ford. You can learn more about James at his site, jamesbrumley.com, or follow him on Twitter, at @jbrumley. More From InvestorPlace * 2 Toxic Pot Stocks You Should Avoid * 5 Dividend Stocks Perfect for Retirees * 7 Reasons the Stock Market Rally Isn't Over Yet * 10 S&P 500 Stocks to Weather the Earnings Storm Compare Brokers The post 9 Best Stocks to Buy on U.S.-China Trade Optimism appeared first on InvestorPlace.
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Earlier this month, 37 already-strained Chinese organizations became even more difficult for U.S. companies to do business with. U.S. tech company Applied Materials (NASDAQ:AMAT), in fact, has suspended trade with these organizations until further notice. While Applied Materials stock hasn't been hurt yet, the fallout from the decision may not yet be fully appreciated.Source: Shutterstock On April 10, the U.S. Commerce Department updated its so-called 'red flag' list of organizations that are "unverified" entities. Although unverified entities aren't forbidden trade partners, they require additional licensing. They also require caution before buying from, or selling to, to avoid running afoul of strict trade rules."Even though it's not an embargo, because of the hassle sometimes suppliers will treat it as an embargo," said Kevin Wolf, former assistant secretary of commerce for export administration. "It has a practical effect that's greater than the legal effect."InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading TipsTo that end, it remains to be seen if the maneuver is part of a bigger tactic to bring China to the trade negotiation table, or a security concern that was going to take shape anyway. While the list includes organizations based in United Arab Emirates, Malaysia and Indonesia, China's 37 additions were far more than any other nation. * 5 Dividend Stocks Perfect for Retirees Regardless of the intent, the updated list puts more pressure on China's struggling economy, as well as U.S. suppliers and customers. Fallout and Applied Materials StockWhile the fallout from the additions to the Commerce Department's red flag list is still being weighed, whatever the broader implications it still is significant for Applied Materials. More than one-fourth of last quarter's revenue came from China alone. While not all of its Chinese partners have been affected, its remaining partners may also rely on trade with names that now require new permissions from U.S. regulators.San'an Optoelectronics, China's biggest supplier of LED chips, was one of the noteworthy names currently off-limits to Applied Materials. Other customers include Xian Jiaotong University and the Chinese Academy of Sciences.Applied Materials' response appears decisive too. According to reports from Nikkei Asian Review, the company instructed its employees to "immediately stop all pending and future equipment delivery. It also asked its employees to withdraw from sites where red-flagged entities operate. Trade War Faints and Applied Materials StockChina's regulatory governors responded to the additional names of unverified entities, with trade ministry spokesman Gao Feng calling the behavior "wrong," and calling for the U.S. to undo its action.The rhetoric between the two countries is nothing new, however.As promised during his campaign, President Donald Trump has been tough on China's trade policies with the United States. In June of last year, steep tariffs were placed on roughly $50 billion worth of goods imported from China into the United States, sparking a war of new tit-for-tat tariffs.Though they were intended to bolster demand for U.S. goods corporations ranging from carmaker Ford Motor (NYSE:F) to food giant Tyson Foods (NYSE:TSN) to Coca-Cola (NYSE:KO) have all claimed to be victims of the political standoff.By its specificity, the updated list of unverified companies is a step in a new direction though. It could be interpreted as an effort to quell unauthorized use of American-developed and U.S.-patented technologies.Applied Materials, along with Micron Technology (NASDAQ:MU) and Taiwan's Nanya jointly filed official complaints in late 2017, alleging China was the ultimate buyer of illegally-acquired semiconductor technologies. The Bottom Line on Applied Materials StockThe news thus far may only have boosted Applied Materials stock. AMAT shares are up 4%, swept higher with the broad market tide Other factors perhaps include the impression that its intellectual property is being better protected, or that it will remain highly competitive going forward even if it struggles with its new restrictions.By and large though, the impact of the Department of Commerce's new red flag list remains unclear. Applied Materials has not indicated to what extent, if any, it is seeking licenses to deal with the entities newly placed in the red-flag list.If China acquiesces rather than doubles down on the trade front, Applied Materials should wind up more competitively positioned even if it has to find new suppliers and customers.As of this writing, James Brumley did not hold a position in any of the aforementioned securities. You can learn more about James at his site, jamesbrumley.com, or follow him on Twitter, at @jbrumley. More From InvestorPlace * 2 Toxic Pot Stocks You Should Avoid * 5 Dividend Stocks Perfect for Retirees * 7 Reasons the Stock Market Rally Isn't Over Yet * 10 S&P 500 Stocks to Weather the Earnings Storm Compare Brokers The post New Pressure on China Might Just Boost Applied Materials Stock appeared first on InvestorPlace.
Ford Motor reports earnings after the close on Wednesday, and the stock is too cheap to ignore given its P/E ratio of 5.83 and dividend yield of 5.43%.