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Ameren Corporation (NYSE: AEE) – Is this large market cap stock undervalued?

Ameren Corporation (NYSE: AEE), is firmly in the large market cap category with market cap of 11585.79. To be considered a large market cap stock companies have to be valued at more than $10 billion. The current price for Ameren Corporation is 48.32 (with a change from open of 1.43%), this in conjunction with a target price of 52.5. Volume today has so far reached 1010937, with an average volume of about 1484.04. The GAP for this stock, is 0.11%.

The P/E ratio is 18.52, bringing the forward P/E to a value of 17.31. The current EPS for Ameren Corporation, is 2.57, with a EPS growth for this year coming to a value of -1.00%. Performance has been interesting with performance year to date coming to 13.00%.

Looking further into the growth statistics for Ameren Corporation, EPS is looking like it will grow 8.06% in the next year. Looking even further it is projected to be 5.20%. Quarter over quarter is 50.00% for EPS growth and for sales growth quarter over quarter it is 1.90%. Looking at past EPS growth statistics we see that for the past five years it has been 32.50%. Sales growth for the past five years has in fact been -4.40%.

Looking at the ownership, we see that the insider ownership is at 0.10% and institutional ownership is 68.60%. Shares outstanding is 243.45, while shares float is at a value of 241.89. Float short for Ameren Corporation is 2.34% and the short ratio is 3.81.

In terms of debt, long term debt/equity is 0.95, while the total debt/equity comes to 1.13. The ability to meet these debts, means that the current ratio is 0.7, and the quick ratio is 0.4. The most recent gross margin is 85.50% and their operating margin is 21.80%. The profit margin is 10.40%.

Ameren Corporation has seen returns on assets of 2.60%, and on investment, 6.20%. Return on equity is 9.00%. Price/Earnings to growth ratio is 3.56. Price/Sales ratio is at a value of 1.93, with Price/book ratio coming to 1.67 and Price/cash is 891.21, and finally Price/Free cash Flow is *TBA.

The simple moving averages are -2.53% and 0.61% for 20 day and 200 day simple moving average respectively. For the 52 week high and low the 52 week high is -9.88% and the 52 week low is 20.01%.

Ameren Corporation has a dividend yield of 3.57%, with a current price of 48.32. The ability to pay this means the payout ratio is 65.50%. This is in an industry, Electric Utilities, with equally high dividends from other companies in this sector, which it is Utilities. Ameren Corporation is based in USA.

Performance in the Electric Utilities industry means that Ameren Corporation has seen performance for the past week of -0.25%, with performance for the month coming to -1.06%. Looking at the data for the quarter it is at a value of -8.11%, and for the half year the performance is 13.02%. Volatility for this week is 1.55% and for the month this is 1.76%.

Disclaimer: Remember there is a risk to your investment, this is not a recommendation, nor personal advice, never invest more than you are able too loose.

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