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NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Shares of Ameren (AEE) - Get Free Report  were lower in late-afternoon trading on Wednesday, ahead of the company's 2016 second-quarter results, due out after Friday's market close. 

The St. Louis, MO-based public utility holding company is expected to report earnings of 52 cents on revenues of $1.45 billion. Last year, Ameren posted earnings of 58 cents on revenues of $1.40 million for the same quarter. 

The locations that Ameren services experienced higher-than-average temperatures for the current quarter, meaning the company should see higher-than-expected electric sales for those areas, Zacks.com reports. This should benefit the company's top line. 

Downside risks include increasingly strict government regulations to ensure clean power generation, as well as any uptick in the prices of coal or gas. 

Separately, TheStreet Ratings objectively rated this stock according to its "risk-adjusted" total return prospect over a 12-month investment horizon. Not based on the news in any given day, the rating may differ from Jim Cramer's view or that of this articles's author.

TheStreet Ratings team rates Ameren as a Buy with a ratings score of A+. This is based on the convergence of positive investment measures, which should help this stock outperform the majority of stocks that the team rates. 

You can view the full analysis from the report here: AEE

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