News articles about Enerplus (NYSE:ERF) (TSE:ERF) have trended somewhat positive on Thursday, according to Accern Sentiment Analysis. The research firm ranks the sentiment of media coverage by monitoring more than twenty million blog and news sources in real-time. 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 media headlines about the oil and natural gas company an impact score of 47.0138088094013 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.

Several equities analysts have recently weighed in on ERF shares. ValuEngine upgraded Enerplus from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a report on Monday, October 2nd. Scotiabank restated a “buy” rating and set a $16.00 price target on shares of Enerplus in a report on Tuesday, October 10th. Zacks Investment Research downgraded Enerplus from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a report on Wednesday, October 11th. CIBC started coverage on Enerplus in a report on Wednesday, October 18th. They set a “sector outperform” rating for the company. Finally, Canaccord Genuity restated a “buy” rating and set a $16.00 price target on shares of Enerplus in a report on Thursday, November 9th. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, one has issued a hold rating and six have assigned a buy rating to the stock. The company currently has an average rating of “Buy” and a consensus price target of $14.20.

Shares of Enerplus (NYSE ERF) opened at $10.30 on Thursday. Enerplus has a twelve month low of $6.52 and a twelve month high of $10.54. The company has a market capitalization of $2,500.00, a PE ratio of 3.10 and a beta of 1.35. 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 issued a $0.008 dividend. The ex-dividend date is Thursday, December 28th. This represents a $0.10 annualized dividend and a yield of 0.93%. Enerplus’s payout ratio is 2.71%.

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About Enerplus

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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