Enerplus (ERF) Given Daily Media Impact Score of 0.11

Media headlines about Enerplus (NYSE:ERF) (TSE:ERF) have been trending somewhat positive on Saturday, according to Accern. Accern ranks the sentiment of press coverage by analyzing more than twenty million blog and news sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Enerplus earned a daily sentiment score of 0.11 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave media stories about the oil and natural gas company an impact score of 46.9944488169966 out of 100, indicating that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the immediate future.

Here are some of the news articles that may have impacted Accern Sentiment Analysis’s analysis:

Enerplus (ERF) opened at $10.79 on Friday. The firm has a market capitalization of $2,620.00, a price-to-earnings ratio of 3.24 and a beta of 1.35. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.41, a quick ratio of 2.04 and a current ratio of 2.04. Enerplus has a twelve month low of $6.52 and a twelve month high of $11.21.

Enerplus (NYSE:ERF) (TSE:ERF) last released its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, November 9th. The oil and natural gas company reported $0.06 earnings per share for the quarter, missing the consensus estimate of $0.07 by ($0.01). Enerplus had a net margin of 121.44% and a return on equity of 14.21%. sell-side analysts predict that Enerplus will post 0.77 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

The company also recently declared a monthly dividend, which was paid on Monday, January 15th. Stockholders of record on Friday, December 29th were issued a dividend of $0.008 per share. The ex-dividend date was Thursday, December 28th. This represents a $0.10 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 0.89%. Enerplus’s payout ratio is 3.00%.

Several equities analysts recently issued reports on the company. AltaCorp Capital reaffirmed a “buy” rating and issued a $16.00 price objective on shares of Enerplus in a research report on Monday, January 15th. Canaccord Genuity reaffirmed a “buy” rating and issued a $16.00 price objective on shares of Enerplus in a research report on Thursday, November 9th. Zacks Investment Research raised Enerplus from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $11.00 price objective on the stock in a research report on Monday, November 13th. ValuEngine raised Enerplus from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a report on Monday, October 2nd. Finally, Scotiabank reissued a “buy” rating and set a $16.00 price target on shares of Enerplus in a report on Tuesday, October 10th. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, one has given a hold rating and seven have assigned a buy rating to the company. The company presently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and a consensus price target of $14.50.

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About Enerplus

Enerplus Corporation is an oil and natural gas company. The Company’s oil and natural gas property interests are located in the United States, primarily in North Dakota, Montana, and Pennsylvania, as well as in western Canada in the provinces of Alberta, British Columbia and Saskatchewan. The Company’s oil and natural gas property interests contains proved plus probable gross reserves of approximately 14.3 million barrels (MMbbls) of light and medium crude oil, 39.0 MMbbls of heavy crude oil, 123 MMbbls of tight oil, 18.1 MMbbls of natural gas liquids (NGLs), 126.3 billion cubic feet (Bcf) of conventional natural gas and 1,002.8 Bcf of shale gas, for a total of approximately 382.5 million barrels of oil equivalent (MMBOE).

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