Media coverage about Ameren (NYSE:AEE) has been trending somewhat positive this week, Accern reports. The research group scores the sentiment of news coverage by monitoring more than 20 million blog and news sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Ameren earned a coverage optimism score of 0.11 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave headlines about the utilities provider an impact score of 46.4601754105693 out of 100, indicating that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the next few days.

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

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Shares of Ameren (AEE) traded up $0.06 during trading hours on Friday, hitting $56.32. 2,605,647 shares of the stock were exchanged, compared to its average volume of 1,860,000. The company has a market cap of $13,670.00, a price-to-earnings ratio of 26.20, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 2.63 and a beta of 0.28. Ameren has a 1 year low of $51.89 and a 1 year high of $64.89. 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 issued its quarterly earnings results on Friday, February 16th. The utilities provider reported $0.39 EPS for the quarter, topping the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.34 by $0.05. The firm had revenue of $1.40 billion for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $1.60 billion. Ameren had a net margin of 10.03% and a return on equity of 8.61%. The business’s revenue for the quarter was up 3.4% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same quarter in the prior year, the firm earned $0.13 EPS. research analysts forecast that Ameren will post 2.79 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

The business also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Thursday, March 29th. Stockholders of record on Wednesday, March 14th will be issued a $0.4575 dividend. This represents a $1.83 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 3.25%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Tuesday, March 13th. Ameren’s payout ratio is 85.12%.

Several analysts have issued reports on the stock. ValuEngine upgraded shares of Ameren from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note on Wednesday, November 15th. Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of Ameren from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Tuesday, November 7th. Bank of America assumed coverage on shares of Ameren in a research note on Tuesday, October 24th. They issued a “neutral” rating and a $62.00 target price on the stock. KeyCorp reiterated a “hold” rating on shares of Ameren in a research note on Friday, October 20th. Finally, Morgan Stanley cut shares of Ameren from an “equal weight” rating to an “underweight” rating and set a $61.00 target price on the stock. in a research note on Wednesday, December 13th. Two investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, six have given a hold rating and one has issued a strong buy rating to the company’s stock. The company has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $56.20.

In other news, SVP Gregory L. Nelson sold 12,000 shares of the 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 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 legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available through this link. 0.38% of the stock is owned by corporate 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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