Media coverage about Ameren (NYSE:AEE) has been trending somewhat positive on Thursday, Accern reports. The research firm identifies positive and negative media coverage by analyzing more than 20 million news and blog sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Ameren earned a news sentiment score of 0.12 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave media stories about the utilities provider an impact score of 44.3030778230629 out of 100, indicating that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the next few days.

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

A number of research firms have issued reports on AEE. KeyCorp reiterated a “hold” rating on shares of Ameren in a research report on Friday, October 20th. Zacks Investment Research downgraded shares of Ameren from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a report on Friday, January 5th. ValuEngine downgraded shares of Ameren from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Monday, December 4th. Bank of America started coverage on shares of Ameren in a report on Tuesday, October 24th. They set a “neutral” rating and a $62.00 price target on the stock. Finally, Morgan Stanley downgraded shares of Ameren from an “equal weight” rating to an “underweight” rating and set a $61.00 price target on the stock. in a report on Wednesday, December 13th. Three equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, five have given a hold rating and one has given a strong buy rating to the stock. Ameren currently has an average rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $56.80.

Ameren (NYSE:AEE) traded down $0.33 during trading hours on Thursday, reaching $56.15. 1,475,700 shares of the company were exchanged, compared to its average volume of 1,287,607. Ameren has a 1-year low of $51.35 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. The firm has a market cap of $13,620.00, a price-to-earnings ratio of 22.28, a PEG ratio of 2.72 and a beta of 0.37.

Ameren (NYSE:AEE) last posted its earnings results on Friday, November 3rd. The utilities provider reported $1.24 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, missing analysts’ consensus estimates 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 quarter in the previous year, the business posted $1.52 earnings per share. The business’s quarterly revenue was down 7.3% compared to the same quarter last year. equities analysts anticipate that Ameren will post 2.8 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The company also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Friday, December 29th. Investors of record on Wednesday, December 13th were paid a $0.4575 dividend. The ex-dividend date was Tuesday, December 12th. This is a positive change from Ameren’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.44. This represents a $1.83 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 3.26%. Ameren’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is presently 72.62%.

In related news, SVP Gregory L. Nelson sold 12,000 shares of the firm’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 transaction, the senior vice president now directly owns 36,785 shares in the company, valued at approximately $2,305,683.80. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is accessible through this link. 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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