Ameren (AEE) Getting Somewhat Positive Press Coverage, Analysis Shows

Media coverage about Ameren (NYSE:AEE) has trended somewhat positive recently, according to Accern Sentiment Analysis. Accern identifies positive and negative media coverage by monitoring 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 one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Ameren earned a news impact score of 0.15 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned news coverage about the utilities provider an impact score of 45.1964424672785 out of 100, meaning that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the near term.

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AEE has been the subject of several recent research reports. Zacks Investment Research cut shares of Ameren from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Monday, September 11th. Morgan Stanley cut shares of Ameren from an “equal weight” rating to an “underweight” rating and set a $61.00 target price for the company. in a research report on Wednesday, December 13th. ValuEngine cut shares of Ameren from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Monday, December 4th. KeyCorp reiterated a “hold” rating on shares of Ameren in a research report on Friday, October 20th. Finally, BidaskClub upgraded shares of Ameren from a “buy” rating to a “strong-buy” rating in a research report on Saturday, August 26th. Two analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, six have assigned a hold rating and one has given a strong buy rating to the stock. The company has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $56.80.

Shares of Ameren (AEE) traded down $0.53 during mid-day trading on Monday, hitting $60.41. 1,709,749 shares of the stock traded hands, compared to its average volume of 1,415,939. Ameren has a one year low of $51.35 and a one year high of $64.89. The firm has a market cap of $14,781.32, a price-to-earnings ratio of 23.61, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 3.10 and a beta of 0.36. The company has a quick ratio of 0.40, a current ratio of 0.61 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.92.

Ameren (NYSE:AEE) last announced its quarterly earnings results on Friday, November 3rd. The utilities provider reported $1.24 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, missing the consensus estimate of $1.31 by ($0.07). Ameren had a net margin of 10.03% and a return on equity of 8.61%. The firm had revenue of $1.72 billion during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $1.87 billion. During the same period last year, the firm earned $1.52 EPS. Ameren’s quarterly revenue was down 7.3% on a year-over-year basis. sell-side analysts predict that Ameren will post 2.8 earnings per share for the current year.

The company also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, December 29th. Stockholders of record on Wednesday, December 13th will be issued a $0.4575 dividend. This is a positive change from Ameren’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.44. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Tuesday, December 12th. This represents a $1.83 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 3.03%. Ameren’s payout ratio is 72.62%.

In other news, SVP Gregory L. Nelson sold 12,000 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction on Wednesday, November 22nd. The shares were sold at an average price of $62.68, for a total value of $752,160.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the senior vice president now owns 36,785 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $2,305,683.80. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available through this link. 0.38% of the stock is owned by insiders.

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Ameren Company Profile

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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