Ameren (AEE) Getting Somewhat Positive News Coverage, Study Shows

Media coverage about Ameren (NYSE:AEE) has trended somewhat positive recently, Accern Sentiment reports. Accern identifies positive and negative news coverage by reviewing more than 20 million blog and news sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Ameren earned a coverage optimism score of 0.19 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave news stories about the utilities provider an impact score of 45.6032853315757 out of 100, indicating that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the near term.

These are some of the media headlines that may have effected Accern’s analysis:

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Ameren stock traded down $0.91 on Friday, hitting $54.01. 1,236,659 shares of the company were exchanged, compared to its average volume of 1,649,542. The company has a quick ratio of 0.37, a current ratio of 0.55 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.97. Ameren has a 12 month low of $51.89 and a 12 month high of $64.89. The firm has a market cap of $13,104.72, a price-to-earnings ratio of 25.12, a PEG ratio of 2.58 and a beta of 0.32.

Ameren (NYSE:AEE) last posted its quarterly earnings data on Friday, February 16th. The utilities provider reported $0.39 EPS for the quarter, beating the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.34 by $0.05. The firm had revenue of $1.40 billion during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $1.60 billion. Ameren had a net margin of 8.47% and a return on equity of 9.43%. The company’s revenue for the quarter was up 3.4% on a year-over-year basis. During the same quarter last year, the business posted $0.13 EPS. sell-side analysts predict that Ameren will post 3.03 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

The company also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Thursday, March 29th. Shareholders of record on Wednesday, March 14th will be paid a $0.4575 dividend. The ex-dividend date is Tuesday, March 13th. This represents a $1.83 annualized dividend and a yield of 3.39%. Ameren’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is 85.12%.

A number of equities research analysts recently weighed in on the stock. UBS upped their target price on shares of Ameren from $54.00 to $57.00 and gave the stock a “neutral” rating in a report on Wednesday, February 21st. Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of Ameren from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Tuesday, February 13th. Morgan Stanley set a $53.00 target price on shares of Ameren and gave the stock a “sell” rating in a report on Tuesday, February 13th. Finally, ValuEngine lowered shares of Ameren from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Monday, December 4th. Two research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, six have assigned a hold rating and one has issued a strong buy rating to the stock. Ameren currently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $56.20.

In other Ameren news, VP Martin J. Lyons sold 13,111 shares of the stock in a transaction dated Thursday, March 1st. The shares were sold at an average price of $54.52, for a total value of $714,811.72. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is accessible through the SEC website. Also, CAO Bruce A. Steinke sold 1,952 shares of the stock in a transaction dated Thursday, March 1st. The shares were sold at an average price of $54.28, for a total transaction of $105,954.56. Following the completion of the sale, the chief accounting officer now owns 41,120 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $2,231,993.60. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. In the last quarter, insiders sold 16,986 shares of company stock valued at $925,147. Company insiders own 0.38% of the company’s stock.

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About Ameren

Ameren Corporation is a utility holding company. The Company’s subsidiaries include Ameren Missouri, Ameren Illinois and Ameren Transmission Company (ATXI). It operates through four segments. The Ameren Missouri segment includes all of the operations of Ameren Missouri. The Ameren Illinois Electric Distribution segment consists of the electric distribution business of Ameren Illinois.

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