News headlines about Ameren (NYSE:AEE) have trended somewhat positive recently, Accern Sentiment reports. The research firm identifies negative and positive media coverage by reviewing more than twenty million blog and news sources. 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 media sentiment score of 0.22 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned news coverage about the utilities provider an impact score of 46.6226215881979 out of 100, indicating that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the near future.
These are some of the media stories that may have impacted Accern’s scoring:
- Retired President of Consolidated Edison Company of New York Elected to Ameren Board of Directors (finance.yahoo.com)
- Ameren Corp (AEE) Receives Average Rating of “Hold” from Analysts (americanbankingnews.com)
- Ameren Corporation (NYSE:AEE): Ex-Dividend Is In 3 Days, Should You Buy? (finance.yahoo.com)
- A ‘game changer’: Metro to add electric buses in 2020 (finance.yahoo.com)
Several equities research analysts have recently weighed in on the company. UBS Group assumed coverage on Ameren in a research report on Friday, February 2nd. They issued a “neutral” rating and a $57.00 target price for the company. Zacks Investment Research raised Ameren from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Tuesday, February 13th. ValuEngine raised Ameren from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research report on Wednesday, November 15th. Finally, Morgan Stanley set a $53.00 target price on Ameren and gave the stock a “sell” rating in a research report on Tuesday, February 13th. Two research 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 stock presently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $56.20.
Ameren (NYSE:AEE) last released its quarterly earnings results on Friday, February 16th. The utilities provider reported $0.39 EPS for the quarter, topping the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.34 by $0.05. Ameren had a return on equity of 9.43% and a net margin of 8.47%. The business had revenue of $1.40 billion for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $1.60 billion. During the same quarter in the previous year, the firm posted $0.13 earnings per share. The company’s revenue was up 3.4% compared to the same quarter last year. equities research analysts expect that Ameren will post 3.03 EPS for the current fiscal year.
The firm also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Thursday, March 29th. Investors of record on Wednesday, March 14th will be paid a $0.4575 dividend. This represents a $1.83 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 3.38%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Tuesday, March 13th. Ameren’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is 85.12%.
In related news, SVP Mark C. Lindgren sold 1,923 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction dated Thursday, March 1st. The stock was sold at an average price of $54.28, for a total value of $104,380.44. Following the transaction, the senior vice president now owns 57,557 shares in the company, valued at $3,124,193.96. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is available at this hyperlink. Also, VP Martin J. Lyons sold 13,111 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction dated Thursday, March 1st. The stock was sold at an average price of $54.52, for a total value of $714,811.72. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. In the last quarter, insiders sold 16,986 shares of company stock worth $925,147. Insiders own 0.38% of the company’s stock.
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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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