KO - The Coca-Cola Company

NYSE - NYSE Delayed Price. Currency in USD
-0.17 (-0.33%)
At close: 4:01PM EDT

51.13 -0.09 (-0.18%)
Pre-Market: 4:16AM EDT

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Previous Close51.39
Bid51.13 x 900
Ask51.45 x 800
Day's Range51.13 - 51.52
52 Week Range44.25 - 52.47
Avg. Volume11,717,406
Market Cap218.511B
Beta (3Y Monthly)0.30
PE Ratio (TTM)32.56
EPS (TTM)1.57
Earnings DateJul 23, 2019
Forward Dividend & Yield1.60 (3.11%)
Ex-Dividend Date2019-09-13
1y Target Est52.73
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  • Dow Jones Today: Waiting on the Earnings Tidal Wave
    InvestorPlace13 hours ago

    Dow Jones Today: Waiting on the Earnings Tidal Wave

    Broadly speaking, stocks were somewhat listless Monday as traders await an absolute avalanche of marquee earnings reports this week.Source: Shutterstock The Nasdaq Composite was the leader among the major U.S. equity benchmarks to start the week, adding 0.71% while the S&P 500 gained 0.28%. Sapped by one of the largest members of the index, the Dow Jones Industrial Average lagged, finishing higher by just 0.07%. * 7 Defense Stocks to Buy to Fortify Your Portfolio When the closing bell rang, just over half the Dow's 30 components were in the green for the day.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading Tips Bad BoeingBoeing (NYSE:BA), the largest member of the price-weighted Dow Jones Industrial Average and a company that reports earnings later this week, was dinged Monday, falling 1.07% after Fitch Ratings trimmed its outlook on the aerospace company to "negative" from "stable." Fitch cited regulatory uncertainty stemming from the grounding of the 737 MAX passenger jet, but the ratings agency is sticking with an "A" credit rating on Boeing."The MAX situation also presents significant public relations challenges, and the impact on Boeing's reputation and brand will be a watch item for the next year or more," said Fitch.Boeing reports second-quarter results Wednesday before the open of U.S. markets with analysts forecasting a profit of $1.89 a share, down from $3.33 a year earlier. More Earnings: UTX and KOSticking with the industrial sector for a moment, shares of United Technologies (NYSE:UTX) added 0.44% today in advance of the company's Tuesday pre-market second-quarter earnings report. Wall Street expects UTX to post earnings of $2.05 per share on revenue of $19.6 billion.The stock is inexpensive compared to other large-cap aerospace names, but that probably isn't enough for investors over the near-term. United Technologies' earnings call is likely to revolved around the company's effort to merge with Raytheon (NYSE:RTN), one that has been met with some push back on Wall Street.Coca-Cola (NYSE:KO) traded slightly lower today ahead of its Tuesday morning earnings report. The shares are up a market-lagging 8.56% year-to-date, indicating the beverage giant better put some fizz in that earnings report and guidance. Analysts expect Coca-Cola to notch second-quarter earnings of 62 cents a share on revenue of $9.57 billion."Analysts are evenly split ahead of the report: Eleven think the shares are a Buy, while 11 have a Hold rating or the equivalent on the shares. Just one rates it at Sell. The average analyst price target is $52.48," reports Barron's. Dow Jones WinnersApple (NASDAQ:AAPL) was one of the best-performing names in the Dow today, adding 2.29% amid some bullish analyst chatter. Morgan Stanley's Katy Huberty boosted her price target on Apple to $247 from $231 in a note out today. Apple reports earning on July 30 after the close of U.S. markets.Shares of Walt Disney (NYSE:DIS) advanced 0.70% on reports that "The Lion King" saw a weekend box office haul of $185 million. That after Disney's "Avengers: Endgame" became the highest-grossing film ever earlier this year. Yes, Disney is up about 31% this year, but its upcoming movie lineup indicates more upside could be had in this stock. Dow Jones Today: Bottom LineAs was noted here last week, this week brings a slew of earnings reports with nearly a third of the S&P 500 reporting. Hopefully, the trend of positive surprises continues because this earnings season, so far, has been better than anticipated."To date, 16% of the companies in the S&P 500 have reported actual results for Q2 2019," according to FactSet. "In terms of earnings, the percentage of companies reporting actual EPS above estimates (79%) is above the five-year average. In aggregate, companies are reporting earnings that are 7.0% above the estimates, which is also above the five-year average." More From InvestorPlace * 2 Toxic Pot Stocks You Should Avoid * 7 Defense Stocks to Buy to Fortify Your Portfolio * 10 High-Flying, Overvalued Stocks in Danger of Crashing * 8 Stocks to Buy That Are Growing Faster Than Amazon The post Dow Jones Today: Waiting on the Earnings Tidal Wave appeared first on InvestorPlace.

  • 5 Dow Jones Stocks to Sell Before the Market Slumps
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    5 Dow Jones Stocks to Sell Before the Market Slumps

    The Dow Jones Index is having an amazing year. From its January low of 22,686, the Dow Jones Index has surged nearly 5,000 points to top 27,000 for the first time. With such huge gains, it's time to start thinking about what Dow Jones stocks to sell.As you'd expect, when the market as a whole rips so much, it sets up some great profit-taking opportunities in individual stocks out of the Dow Jones' 30 components. * 7 Defense Stocks to Buy to Fortify Your Portfolio From vulnerable healthcare stocks to overpriced consumer staples plays and more, here are five Dow Jones stocks to sell before the market slides again.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading Tips Stocks To Sell: Boeing (BA)It has been baffling watching Boeing (NYSE:BA) stock recently. You would have expected a massive correction in BA stock since several of the company's jets crashed, calling into question the safety of the Boeing Max line of jets.Instead, BA stock has been astoundingly resilient. This would be one thing if BA stock had already been cheap when the safety issues began. But no, BA stock wasn't cheap at all. It had just quadrupled in value since early 2016 and reached its highest P/E ratio in years in March.It seems that investors have forgotten that the airline industry is cyclical. Yes, oil prices are low right now. Airlines are making a lot of money for the moment. When airlines make huge profits, they order planes. In fact, they order too many planes. This cycle has happened every few years dating back to the 1960s. Yet investors seem to think this commercial aviation boom will go on forever. It won't.On the military side, yes, orders have been up. But analysts modeling this upturn in defense spending indefinitely will also be disappointed. What happens if and when the Republicans lose power in Washington? There's also the little matter that we have no idea how bad the issues will be from the Boeing Max situation. BA stock is still really expensive. Coca-Cola (KO)Source: Shutterstock The chase for yield has investors rushing back into a lot of slow-growing defensive companies. The rationale makes sense on the surface. Lower interest rates mean that bonds are less attractive investments.Yet investors, especially retirees, still need current income. So they sell their bonds and other fixed income holdings to buy stocks with larger yields. Coca-Cola (NYSE:KO) is one such popular stock.It's not hard to see the appeal of KO stock as a bond alternative. It yields more than U.S. Treasuries or bank CDs while offering a dividend that Coca-Cola has increased every year for decades on end.However, cracks are forming in Coca-Cola's growth and income story. Namely, there's hardly any growth.Soda sales have plunged in America and other developed markets. Emerging market growth has largely offset this so far, but there are limits to that. Soda sales may drop even more sharply going forward as more jurisdictions implement sugar taxes. As a result, Coca-Cola has hardly grown in recent years - it has taken on more debt and boosted its dividend payout ratio to keep the yield going up. That works for a while, but without organic growth, Coca-Cola's dividend stream will turn to a trickle over time. * 10 Tech Stocks That Are Still Worth Your Time (And Money) Based solely on earnings, for a slow (or at times no-) growth company like Coca-Cola, you'd rarely pay more than 20x earnings, if that. As such, it's hard to justify KO stock being worth more than $45 now. If you own KO stock solely for the dividend, it's a fine holding. But don't anticipate much, if anything, in the form of share price gains over the next year or two. McDonald's (MCD)One has to wonder if McDonald's (NYSE:MCD) is about to launch CBD-infused burgers. Or perhaps a national Beyond Meat (NASDAQ:BYND) burger rollout. That is to say, investors are bidding up MCD stock like it's a hot craze, even though its business momentum is decidedly pedestrian at best.In fact, many of the company's franchisees have been complaining. All-day breakfast greatly increased complexity for operators and raised labor costs without doing much for overall revenues. McDonald's is also asking its franchisees to make extensive store overhauls even though the local operators haven't exactly been rolling in cash flow lately. Franchisees sent a harshly-worded letter around earlier this year demanding that:"We can NOT afford the waste that a 'one size fits all' reinvestment program creates […] We must allow our owner operators to take back control of the reinvestment that is happening, stop the useless and problematic investing, and focus our reinvestment in what will actually produce a return on investment (drive thrus and kitchens)."Over on Wall Street, however, no one seems worried about McDonald's questionable strategy in recent years. MCD stock is up 36% over the past 12 months and is up more than 22% year-to-date. This has led McDonald's to sport a bloated 28x P/E ratio. Investors are likely to get indigestion when they look back at paying more than $200 a share for MCD stock. UnitedHealth Group (UNH)Source: Shutterstock If you watched the first Democratic presidential debate, you probably won't be too surprised by this pick. A sizable number of candidates, when asked if they would get rid of private for-profit health insurance, raised their hands in affirmation. The political world has moved a lot since 2016, when Bernie Sanders' suggestion of abolishing private health care seemed radical.Now, there's a decent chance that the eventual Democratic nominee will be pushing to outlaw or at least greatly curtail private insurance going forward. Would that nominee, if elected, be able to push legislation through what will likely still be a Republican Senate in 2021? Probably not.Still, do you want to own a private insurer like UnitedHealth Group (NYSE:UNH) ahead of the election? Absolutely not. Even if you think the Republicans will keep the White House, think back to 2015. * 9 Retail Stocks Goldman Sachs Says Are Ready to Rip Hillary Clinton went on the attack against Martin Shkreli and biotech firms for jacking up prescription drug prices. Biotech stocks collapsed shortly thereafter. Private health insurers are about as popular as nuclear waste dumps with a large portion of the electorate. With the presidential election still a year away, politicians have plenty of time to threaten and demonize firms like UnitedHealth. Sell this recent pop in UNH stock; it's toxic given the political environment. Johnson & Johnson (JNJ)Source: Shutterstock On a similar note, Johnson & Johnson (NYSE:JNJ) also exposes investors to a great deal of political risk ahead of the election. JNJ is a highly diversified business with many consumer care products that are (mostly) above reproach.But JNJ also sells a lot of prescription drugs, and both Trump and the Democrats are making loud noises about going after pricing, which would cut into JNJ's margins. Trump's efforts to curtail drug prices appear to be stalled for the time being. But make no mistake, the issue is a perfect one for politicians to use to drum up votes during election season.Johnson & Johnson also has its liability issue related to baby powder products which allegedly led to cancer. It is exposed to large verdicts against it related to this. Presumably JNJ will be able to reduce its liability greatly over time as cooler heads prevail, but for now, it's another big overhang on JNJ stock. If JNJ stock were cheaper, you could discount the political worries; it's a very strong and diversified company. But at this valuation, JNJ stock could easily have more downside before it bottoms.At the time of this writing, Ian Bezek owned JNJ stock. You can reach him on Twitter at @irbezek. 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  • 3 Reasons to Hold Coca-Cola Stock Through Earnings
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    3 Reasons to Hold Coca-Cola Stock Through Earnings

    With Coca-Cola (NYSE:KO) stock close to its 52-week high, investors might be concerned that there's more downside potential than upside. That's especially true with an earnings announcement coming up on Tuesday, prior to the opening bell.Source: Shutterstock On top of that, some KO stock shareholders are nervous because 2019's earnings reports thus far have been less than stellar for a number of blue-chips. For several key reasons, however, I'm choosing to look at the bright side of this famous company's prospects. In short, no need exists to panic-sell just because earnings season is here again. Coca-Cola Stock Price Is Actually UndervaluedBeing close to its 52-week high doesn't necessarily mean that the Coca-Cola stock price is overvalued; in fact, KO stock is lagging its competitors. Compared to the broader beverages market, Coca-Cola shares have underperformed by 8.2% year-to-date. They've also lagged behind the soft-drink giant's blue-chip peer group (including PepsiCo (NASDAQ:PEP) and Keurig Dr. Pepper (NYSE:KDP)) by 6.5%.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading Tips * 10 Tech Stocks That Are Still Worth Your Time (And Money) Additionally, the KO stock price isn't too lofty compared to its main competitors: checking in on the company's forward price-earnings ratios, we see that it stands at around 24. That's a good value in relation to its peers in the beverages market. It just goes to show that you can't look at the price chart in isolation.Some elements just don't show up in the KO stock price. Always a Dividend DarlingThrough multiple generations, KO stock has provided a safety net for stakeholders in the form of a healthy dividend yield. That's another factor that isn't reflected in simple price-action charts. The Coca-Cola dividend-king tradition continues to this day. Recently, the company's board of directors declaring a quarterly dividend of 40 cents per share.That might not sound like much, but the current dividend yield for KO stock is 3.1%. It's a compelling reason to ignore earnings fears and hold on to this multi-generational income producer. Given that this constitutes Coca-Cola's 57th consecutive annual dividend increase, I feel that any earnings surprise -- positive or negative -- would be nothing more than a bump in the road for this Warren Buffett favorite. Estimates Are Low, and That's a Good ThingWhen analysts set the bar low, skittish investors tend to abandon ship. But I see it as a setup for a pleasant surprise. Analysts collectively expect Coca-Cola's second-quarter earnings to increase by only a penny. That's a mere 1.64% increase over the same quarter the year prior. Not only that, but earnings for this year are projected to increase by just 0.48% compared to the previous year. That's not exactly a massive hurdle to clear.Besides, owners of KO stock have every reason to believe that the company will outperform this time around. Indeed, Coca-Cola has met or beaten earnings estimates every quarter since 2012; over the past four quarters, the average earnings surprise was 2.87%. And, with Coca-Cola's first-quarter 2019 revenues having increased by 5.2%, the outlook (in my eyes, at least) is looking brighter than ever for good old KO stock. The Bottom Line on Coca-Cola StockCoca-Cola stockholders tend to be more conservative investors: less worried about hype and market noise, and more attuned to solid company fundamentals. KO stock has been a classic dividend king and safety net for many years. Earnings hoopla and hubbub are no reason to abandon it now.As of this writing, David Moadel did not hold a position in any of the aforementioned securities. More From InvestorPlace * 2 Toxic Pot Stocks You Should Avoid * 10 Tech Stocks That Are Still Worth Your Time (And Money) * 7 Marijuana Stocks With Critical Levels to Watch * 7 of the Best Smart-Beta ETFs to Target Right Now The post 3 Reasons to Hold Coca-Cola Stock Through Earnings appeared first on InvestorPlace.

  • Bloomberg21 hours ago

    Coca-Cola’s Dairy Darling Gets Competition from Organic Valley

    (Bloomberg) -- Coca-Cola Co. dominates the market for ultra-filtered milk -- but now the field’s getting more crowded.Fairlife, which sells milk that’s been filtered to boost its protein and reduce its sugar content, has helped the beverage giant to offset declining soda sales. Now, Coke’s brand will face off against the farmer-owned cooperative Organic Valley, which is poised to begin selling its own line of ultra-filtered milk in Whole Foods stores nationwide and in other retailers.Coke, intent on having products in all major beverage segments, has a minority stake in Fairlife, which launched its ultra-filtered lactose-free milk in 2015 and has dominated the premium milk category with little competition. Sales of Fairlife reached about $134 million in 2018, up 57% from when the products first became available in 2015, according to data from Euromonitor.Fairlife seeks to attract health-conscious customers who have been turning away from milk. Overall, dairy milk consumption is declining in the U.S. as plant-based alternatives proliferate. However, value-added dairy products like ultra-filtered milk have bucked this trend and posting growth, according to data from Nielsen.Milk made from ingredients like oats, soy and almonds is also growing fast, expanding 6% last year while conventional dairy slipped 3%, according to a study by the Plant Based Foods Association and The Good Food Institute.“The dairy market needs to innovate in a market with so many alternatives out there,” said Bob Kirchoff, Organic Valley’s interim chief executive officer. “Offering low-sugar and higher protein is an effort to show that we’re relevant.”The new product from Organic Valley, which is based in La Farge, Wisconsin, may eat into Coke’s growing dairy sales -- especially because shoppers who are willing to pay a premium for their milk may be attracted to an organic option. Fairlife, which isn’t classified as organic, has been able to charge more as the only major filtered milk, Bloomberg Intelligence analyst Kenneth Shea said.“Having other filtered products alongside Fairlife would work to the detriment of Coke’s pricing power,” he said.Both Fairlife and Organic Valley price their products much higher than unfiltered milk. Target sells a 52-ounce container of Fairlife for $3.39, more than $2 higher than the average milk price reported by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Organic Valley will charge $5.99 for a 56-ounce container, more than $3 higher than the average price of organic milk reported by the USDA.Chicago-based Fairlife came under fire in June after an animal rights group released a video of calves being abused at a dairy farm in Indiana. Two Midwest grocers, Jewel-Osco and Tony’s Fresh Market, pulled the milk from its shelves. Fairlife has since discontinued the use of milk from the farm featured in the video, according to a company statement.Coca-Cola declined to comment about the ultra-filtered milk market.Organic Valley works with local farmers and attracts customers who are focused on animal welfare, Kirchoff said.“We don’t have huge farms with low-cost models,” he said. “We are looking for consumers that are willing to pay for that difference to give value to land, farms and dairy farmers.”\--With assistance from Patrick McKiernan.To contact the reporter on this story: Olivia Rockeman in New York at orockeman1@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Anne Riley Moffat at ariley17@bloomberg.net, Craig Giammona, Jonathan RoederFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.

  • 3 Market Staples Reporting Earnings This Week
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    We’re in the busiest time of earnings season, with over one-fourth of the S&P listed companies set to release quarterly reports in the coming days. Based on the S&P members that have reported so far, results are good. Total earnings are up 2.6%, and revenues are up 2.9%. While slow, this growth is better than the losses predicted before earnings got underway.Here, we look at three blue chip stocks which are reporting earnings this week. They are mainstays of investment portfolios, some are favorites of big-name investors, and all are available at a share price of $55 or less. AT&T, Inc. (T)The venerable phone company is well-known as one of the best dividend stocks on Wall Street. AT&T offers investors a 6.22% dividend yield – one of the highest among S&P-listed companies – with a current annual payout of $2.04 per share.The dividend is important because T shares show a somewhat shaky earnings future. The company took on tremendous debt last year when it acquired Time Warner; however, free cash flow since then has been sufficient to meet the dividend and the debt service. While AT&T carries $169 billion in debt, the company says that it can pay off 75% of the Time Warner purchase debt by the end of this calendar year.That will be major achievement, and investors will be looking for evidence that it is realistic. AT&T is counting on the acquisition to power its move toward content creation and distribution as it moves into the streaming landscape. The acquisition of Time Warner was intended to bring a solid content provider to T’s DirecTV segment, and boost declining subscriber numbers. On the earnings front, Wall Street expects T to show 89 cents EPS on July 24, up from 86 in the last quarter, but down 2.2% year-over-year.Looking toward T’s performance, JPMorgan analyst Philip Cusick wrote back in May that he expects a net loss of 2.9 million DirecTV subscribers in 2019 before seeing trends improve in 2020. At the same time, he expects “average revenue per remaining user to increase 3.4% this year, to $119.65.” His bottom line on the stock: “Sentiment should improve as the trajectory of sub losses improves in late 2019, but our sense is that investors are starting to look past it already—in the meantime the 6.2% dividend will continue to come through.” Cusick’s price target of $38 of suggests an upside of 15% to the T shares.Earlier this month, Citigroup’s Michael Rollins also put a buy rating on T, and bumped his price target up 8.8% to $37. His new target implies an upside of 12% to the stock.Shares in AT&T are selling for $32.79, and the stock holds a strong buy from the analyst consensus. That rating is based on 8 buys and 2 holds given in the past three months. The average price target, $36, suggests that T has room for 9% upside. Coca-Cola Company (KO)Investing guru Warren Buffett has long been a fan of Coca-Cola, both the drink and the stock. He sees the stock as a staple, bringing slow and steady profits, and paying out a reliable 3.1% dividend yield of $1.60 per share annualized. Coca-Cola bases its performance on a solid, and growing, line-up of beverage products.Heading into fiscal Q2, Coca-Cola’s stock is trading just 1.5% below its 52-week high point. The stock hasn’t always had such good times; starting in Q2 2015, the company saw revenues drop every quarter until Q4 2018. The trend has begun to reverse, however, and in Q3 2017 EPS began to grow again, while last quarter, Q1 2019, saw a revenue gain of 5.2%.More health-conscious consumers have been putting pressure on the company, as they shift away from sodas in the US domestic market. Coca-Cola has responded by diversifying its product line, to offer drinks across all segments of the beverage market. The company is already well-known for its Dasani water and Minute Maid juices; the company also owns Costa Coffee and Fuze Beverages.So far, the strategy appears to be working, and KO’s Q2 sales are expected to show an increase of 8.83%, powering a revenue jump of 12%. The expected EPS of 62 cents is 3.3% higher than the year-ago quarter, and 29% higher than Q1. The quarterly earnings are scheduled for release on July 23.Dara Mohsenian, of Morgan Stanley, keeps KO as his ‘top overweight pick,’ saying “the beverage maker offers a growth profile that is underappreciated by the Street.” He adds, “On a two-year average basis, Coca-Cola managed to improve its organic topline growth by 80 basis points in the past few quarters which is above the 70 basis point range many of its peers are showing.”In line with his upbeat outlook on KO, Mohsenian increased his price target by 3.6%, from $55 to $57, indicating confidence in the stock and an upside potential of 11%.Coca-Cola’s analyst consensus rating is a moderate buy, based on 4 buys and 5 holds set in the past three months. The average price target, $52.29, is only 1.75% higher than the current share price of $51.39. These numbers reflect the stock’s ongoing transition away from the losses of recent years and towards the upbeat outlook detailed by Mohsenian. Ford Motor Company (F)Our third pick, Ford Motor, may be the most controversial here. Like Coca-Cola, it has a mixed rating, but it also the highest potential upside, the lowest cost of entry, and the second-highest dividend yield of the stocks in this list. In addition, shares in Ford are up 33% year-to-date, far outpacing the S&P 500’s 18.5% gain.Ford maintains its position by its popular and profitable lineup of pickup trucks. The F-Series (F-150, F-250, and F-350) are consistent best-sellers, and have led the US market in automobile sales since 1986. In 2018 alone, F-Series trucks brought the company $41 billion in revenues. According to Jim Farley, Ford’s head of global markets, that sales performance makes the F-Series a more valuable brand than Coca-Cola.Ford’s management is essentially using the popular and high-margin trucks and SUVs as a cushion while the company is in the process of reducing its small-car sales and developing lines of electric and autonomous vehicles. Possession of such an asset – the F-Series brand – has helped keep Ford’s revenues mostly stable in recent quarters, with revenue volatility in the past three years holding in an 8% range.Looking forward to the Q2 earnings report, Ford’s revenues are expected to come in at $34.86 billion, a slip of 2.9% from the year-ago quarter. True to Ford’s form, Q3 guidance predicts gain of 2.7%. Q2 EPS is expected between 30 and 33 cents, a gain of 11% to 22% over last year’s Q2. EPS for FY2019 is expected at $1.38, a gain of 6.15% from FY2018.Recent analyst reviews of Ford have focused on the company’s strategic partnership with Volkswagen in developing electric and autonomous vehicles. RBC’s Joseph Spak, while keeping a hold on the stock, increased his price target by 10%, to $11, after Ford announced plans to work with VW and Argo AI developing a high volume EV in the European market. Spak says that Ford management deserves high credit for strategic thinking. His price target is 7% above Ford’s current share price.On the bull side is UBS analyst Colin Langan, who boosted his price target to $13 and put a buy rating on the stock. Looking at the European market and Ford’s initiatives in the EV segment, he says, “Given the upcoming European regulation shifts, this should help Ford avoid emission fines.” Langan’s price target suggests a 27% upside to Ford shares.Overall, Ford has a moderate buy from the analyst consensus based on an even split of 6 buys and 6 holds. Shares trade for $10.20 with an average price target of $11.77, giving the company’s stock an upside potential of 15%.

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