Headlines about Enerplus (NYSE:ERF) (TSE:ERF) have trended somewhat positive this week, Accern 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 one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Enerplus earned a media sentiment score of 0.09 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave media headlines about the oil and natural gas company an impact score of 49.0747871374374 out of 100, indicating that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the next several days.

These are some of the media headlines that may have effected Accern’s rankings:

Enerplus (NYSE:ERF) opened at $8.56 on Wednesday. The stock has a market capitalization of $2,060.00, a P/E ratio of 12.69 and a beta of 1.36. Enerplus has a 12-month low of $6.52 and a 12-month high of $10.20. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.41, a current ratio of 2.04 and a quick ratio of 2.04.

The firm also recently disclosed a monthly dividend, which will be paid on Monday, January 15th. Investors of record on Friday, December 29th will be given a $0.008 dividend. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Thursday, December 28th. This represents a $0.10 annualized dividend and a yield of 1.12%. Enerplus’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is presently 2.80%.

A number of research analysts have weighed in on ERF shares. ValuEngine upgraded Enerplus from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a report on Monday, October 2nd. Scotiabank reissued a “buy” rating and issued a $16.00 price target on shares of Enerplus in a research report on Tuesday, October 10th. Zacks Investment Research cut Enerplus from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research report on Wednesday, October 11th. CIBC began coverage on Enerplus in a research report on Wednesday, October 18th. They issued a “sector outperform” rating on the stock. Finally, Canaccord Genuity reissued a “buy” rating and issued a $16.00 price target on shares of Enerplus in a research report on Thursday, November 9th. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, one has given a hold rating and six have assigned a buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock has a consensus rating of “Buy” and a consensus price target of $14.20.

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Enerplus Company Profile

Enerplus Corporation is an oil and natural gas company. The Company’s oil and natural gas property interests are located in the United States, primarily in North Dakota, Montana, and Pennsylvania, as well as in western Canada in the provinces of Alberta, British Columbia and Saskatchewan. The Company’s oil and natural gas property interests contains proved plus probable gross reserves of approximately 14.3 million barrels (MMbbls) of light and medium crude oil, 39.0 MMbbls of heavy crude oil, 123 MMbbls of tight oil, 18.1 MMbbls of natural gas liquids (NGLs), 126.3 billion cubic feet (Bcf) of conventional natural gas and 1,002.8 Bcf of shale gas, for a total of approximately 382.5 million barrels of oil equivalent (MMBOE).

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