Media coverage about Enerplus (NYSE:ERF) (TSE:ERF) has trended somewhat positive recently, Accern Sentiment Analysis reports. The research group identifies positive and negative press coverage by reviewing more than twenty million blog and news sources. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Enerplus earned a daily sentiment score of 0.09 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned headlines about the oil and natural gas company an impact score of 47.3097650375709 out of 100, meaning that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the near future.

ERF has been the subject of several recent analyst reports. SunTrust Banks assumed coverage on shares of Enerplus in a research note on Thursday, June 14th. They issued a “buy” rating and a $18.00 target price for the company. TheStreet downgraded shares of Enerplus from a “c” rating to a “d+” rating in a report on Thursday, August 16th. Finally, Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of Enerplus from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Monday, July 9th. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a hold rating and six have issued a buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock has a consensus rating of “Buy” and an average target price of $15.40.

Shares of ERF opened at $11.26 on Friday. The company has a quick ratio of 1.26, a current ratio of 1.26 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.36. The stock has a market capitalization of $2.88 billion, a PE ratio of 14.08 and a beta of 1.30. Enerplus has a 52-week low of $8.23 and a 52-week high of $13.87.

Enerplus (NYSE:ERF) (TSE:ERF) last announced its quarterly earnings results on Friday, August 10th. The oil and natural gas company reported $0.04 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, missing the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.24 by ($0.20). The company had revenue of $183.23 million during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $241.51 million. Enerplus had a net margin of 7.88% and a return on equity of 8.84%. During the same quarter in the prior year, the business earned $0.53 EPS. equities research analysts forecast that Enerplus will post 0.75 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The business also recently declared a monthly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, September 14th. Stockholders of record on Thursday, August 30th will be issued a $0.0077 dividend. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Wednesday, August 29th. This represents a $0.09 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 0.82%. Enerplus’s dividend payout ratio is presently 11.25%.

Enerplus Company Profile

Enerplus Corporation, together with subsidiaries, engages in the exploration and development of crude oil and natural gas in the United States and Canada. Its crude oil properties are located in the Fort Berthold region of North Dakota and the Elm Coulee field in Richland County, Montana; and crude oil Waterfloods in Alberta and Saskatchewan, Canada.

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