Ameren Corporation (AEE) Earning Somewhat Favorable News Coverage, Report Finds

News headlines about Ameren Corporation (NYSE:AEE) have been trending somewhat positive recently, Accern Sentiment reports. Accern ranks the sentiment of news coverage by monitoring 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 nearest to one being the most favorable. Ameren Corporation earned a coverage optimism score of 0.07 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned news headlines about the utilities provider an impact score of 45.7388028772941 out of 100, indicating that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the near term.

Here are some of the headlines that may have effected Accern’s rankings:

AEE has been the topic of a number of research analyst reports. Barclays PLC lowered Ameren Corporation from an “overweight” rating to an “equal weight” rating and decreased their target price for the stock from $60.00 to $58.00 in a research note on Thursday, May 25th. Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. (The) lowered Ameren Corporation from a “neutral” rating to a “sell” rating and set a $51.00 target price on the stock. in a research note on Monday, June 26th. BidaskClub lowered Ameren Corporation from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research note on Saturday, July 1st. Morgan Stanley restated an “overweight” rating on shares of Ameren Corporation in a research note on Monday, July 10th. Finally, Zacks Investment Research lowered Ameren Corporation from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Monday, September 11th. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, five have given a hold rating and one has issued a strong buy rating to the company. The stock currently has an average rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $55.20.

Ameren Corporation (NYSE AEE) opened at 59.81 on Friday. The stock has a market capitalization of $14.51 billion, a PE ratio of 20.93 and a beta of 0.37. Ameren Corporation has a 12-month low of $46.84 and a 12-month high of $60.91. The stock has a 50 day moving average price of $58.99 and a 200-day moving average price of $56.21.

Ameren Corporation (NYSE:AEE) last issued its earnings results on Friday, August 4th. The utilities provider reported $0.79 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, topping the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.69 by $0.10. Ameren Corporation had a return on equity of 9.57% and a net margin of 11.11%. The firm had revenue of $1.54 billion for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $1.42 billion. During the same period in the previous year, the firm posted $0.61 earnings per share. The business’s revenue was up 7.8% compared to the same quarter last year. On average, equities analysts anticipate that Ameren Corporation will post $2.80 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

The company also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, September 29th. Stockholders of record on Wednesday, September 13th will be issued a $0.44 dividend. The ex-dividend date is Tuesday, September 12th. This represents a $1.76 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 2.94%. Ameren Corporation’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is 61.54%.

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About Ameren Corporation

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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