Ford's stock performance varied over time with the stock climbing to highs in the late 1990s that it has not matched since as of 2015, as shown by Yahoo Finance's stock charts. Despite dropping to low levels during the 2008 recession, Ford stock rebounded considerably by 2015 following company successes.
Ford stock reached its highest levels in late 1998 when it was over $32 per share when adjusted for later stock splits but not adjusted for inflation, states Yahoo Finance. Since hitting an extreme low of under $2 per share in 2008, the stock sold for between approximately $14 and $17 from 2013 to 2015.
Ford eventually came out of the 2008 recession reasonably well following government bailouts, restructuring and international expansion, and some experts consider Ford a good investment for the future as of 2015, according to The Motley Fool. Experts are especially impressed with its forays into the exploding Chinese and Indian markets. However, experts also feel that it may take a long time to Ford to regain its previous heights.
Ford paid dividends to shareholders throughout most of its history, according to its corporate website. The company stopped payments during downturns, such as from 1982 to 1983 and from 2006 to 2012. Ford stock also split six times since it began public trading in 1956. Ford also replaced its old Ford stock with new Ford stock in 2000 at an exchange of 1.748175 new shares for one old share.