Somewhat Favorable News Coverage Somewhat Unlikely to Affect Ameren (AEE) Stock Price

News coverage about Ameren (NYSE:AEE) has been trending somewhat positive recently, according to Accern. The research firm rates the sentiment of press coverage by analyzing more than 20 million blog and news sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Ameren earned a media sentiment score of 0.22 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave news articles about the utilities provider an impact score of 45.4427185877309 out of 100, indicating that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the near term.

Here are some of the media stories that may have impacted Accern Sentiment’s analysis:

Ameren (NYSE:AEE) traded down $0.39 on Tuesday, hitting $58.30. The stock had a trading volume of 598,069 shares, compared to its average volume of 1,414,299. Ameren has a 52 week low of $51.35 and a 52 week high of $64.89. The firm has a market capitalization of $14,270.00, a PE ratio of 23.13, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 2.99 and a beta of 0.37. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.92, a quick ratio of 0.40 and a current ratio of 0.61.

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

The company also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, December 29th. Stockholders of record on Wednesday, December 13th will be paid a dividend of $0.4575 per share. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Tuesday, December 12th. This represents a $1.83 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 3.14%. This is a positive change from Ameren’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.44. Ameren’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is 72.62%.

AEE has been the subject of several recent research reports. Morgan Stanley reissued an “equal weight” rating on shares of Ameren in a research report on Friday, September 8th. Zacks Investment Research cut Ameren from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Monday, September 11th. KeyCorp reaffirmed a “hold” rating on shares of Ameren in a research report on Friday, October 20th. Bank of America assumed coverage on Ameren in a research report on Tuesday, October 24th. They issued a “neutral” rating and a $62.00 price objective for the company. Finally, ValuEngine raised Ameren from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research report on Wednesday, November 15th. Two analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, six have given a hold rating and one has assigned a strong buy rating to the company. The company currently has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $56.80.

In other news, SVP Gregory L. Nelson sold 12,000 shares of the stock in a transaction that occurred on Wednesday, November 22nd. The stock was sold at an average price of $62.68, for a total transaction of $752,160.00. Following the transaction, the senior vice president now owns 36,785 shares in the company, valued at $2,305,683.80. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which is available through the SEC website. 0.38% of the stock is currently owned by company 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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