Ford shares rebound on Monday, a Focus prototype said to be tested in the United States prior to production launch in China

January 23, 2018 11:00 am

Prototypes of a re-designed 2020 Focus model were reported to have been tested by Ford across the United States 18 months prior to the vehicle’s production launch in China. A camouflaged prototype of the 2020 Focus was spotted at a retail outlet in Ann Arbor, Michigan on Sunday, Reuters reported.

Ford shares closed higher for the first time in the past five trading sessions on Monday. The stock edged up 0.17% ($0.02) to $12.02, after touching an intraday low at $11.90, or a price level not seen since November 15th ($11.87).

In the week ended on January 21st the shares of the global automotive company lost 9.30% of their market value compared to a week ago, which marked the first drop out of three weeks. It has also been the worst performance since the week ended on January 10th 2016.

The stock has pared its loss to 3.76% so far during the current month, following a 0.24% dip in December. The latter has been the first monthly retreat since August.

For the entire past year, the shares of the NYSE-listed auto maker rose 2.97% following a 13.91% slump in 2016.

Michael Levine, a spokesperson for Ford, explained in an email that production of the new model would be initiated during the second half of 2019. According to Levine, the re-designed Focus is expected to offer “more technology and more space” and is to be “globally sourced, primarily from China”.

In June last year, the auto maker had announced that the next Focus to be sold in the United States would be manufactured in China, instead of Mexico. Back then the company had also said that a production process in China would save Ford up to $500 million in tooling costs.

According to CNN Money, the 23 analysts, offering 12-month forecasts regarding Ford Motor Company’s stock price, have a median target of $13.00, with a high estimate of $15.00 and a low estimate of $9.50. The median estimate is an 8.15% surge compared to the closing price of $12.02 on January 22nd.

The same media also reported that 17 out of 25 surveyed investment analysts had rated Ford Motor Company’s stock as “Hold”, while 4 – as “Buy”. On the other hand, 2 analysts had recommended selling the stock.

Daily and Weekly Pivot Levels

With the help of the Camarilla calculation method, today’s levels of importance for the Ford stock are presented as follows:

R1 – $12.037
R2 – $12.053
R3 (Range Resistance – Sell) – $12.070
R4 (Long Breakout) – $12.119
R5 (Breakout Target 1) – $12.177
R6 (Breakout Target 2) – $12.202

S1 – $12.004
S2 – $11.987
S3 (Range Support – Buy) – $11.971
S4 (Short Breakout) – $11.921
S5 (Breakout Target 1) – $11.863
S6 (Breakout Target 2) – $11.838

By using the traditional method of calculation, the weekly levels of importance for Ford Motor Company (F) are presented as follows:

Central Pivot Point – $12.463
R1 – $13.017
R2 – $14.033
R3 – $14.587
R4 – $15.140

S1 – $11.447
S2 – $10.893
S3 – $9.877
S4 – $8.860

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