The price of Ford Motor Company (NYSE:F) over the past year has increased 1.53% while the S&P 500 has increased 18.38%. During the past 20 days, F has increased 4.05% while the broad market has increased 2.67%. F ‘s 20-day moving average currently sits below its 100-day moving average. This is a bearish signal that suggests the stock price might have farther to fall. F’s average trading volume during the past 20 days is lower than the average volume over the past 100 days, which could be an indication that investors are feeling less certain than usual about the direction of F’s future price movements.

Recent trading patterns in the stock of Ford Motor Company (F) have investors on high alert. Traders use price and volume data to predict performance and time their positions. In the case of F, the data could have some important implications for future performance. In the most recent quarter, institutional ownership decreased by a net of 25.28 million shares, or 1.17%.This is a bearish sign and indicates that institutions are feeling more pessimistic about the outlook for F overall.445 holders increased their positions, 552 decreased their positions, and 149 holders held their positions.

Among institutions that increased their positions, 80 were new positions. Among holders that decreased their positions, 80 sold out of the stock Ford Motor Company. Insider ownership during the latest quarter decreased by a net of 44003 shares, indicating that F’s key executives are feeling more bearish about the stock than they did three months ago. 2 or 28.57% of the trades during the past quarter were buys, and 5 or 71.43% were sells. This activity represents a continuation of a theme over the past twelve months. Insider ownership during the last year has decreased by a net of 1.3 million shares. 10.61% of insider trades in the last 12 months were buys, and 89.39% were sells.

Ford Motor Company (NYSE:F) has a 20-day RSI of 57.16%. According to this momentum indicator, a reading between 30 and 70 suggests the stock is not especially cheap or expensive, and not on the brink of a trend reversal. The MACD tells a different story. F’s 9-day MACD currently sits below the 20-day MACD, indicating that the stock might be on the cusp of a downtrend. F’s average trading volatility during the past few weeks is 4.81% higher than the average volatility over the past 100 days. This means that the stock’s daily price swings have been more extreme in recent times compared to the past.

Analysts expect Ford Motor Company (F) to generate earnings per share of $1.81 in 2017. This works out to an increase of 2.84% compared to last year’s earnings. For comparison’s sake, analysts expect the S&P 500 to grow earnings by an average of 12% in 2017. The average investment rating for F on a scale of 1 to 5 (1 being a strong sell and 5 being a strong buy) is a 3.13 or a Hold. Three months ago, analysts assigned F a 3.44 rating, which implies that analysts have become more pessimistic about the outlook for the stock over the next year.