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NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- The ex-dividend date for Ameren (NYSE: AEE) is Monday, March 12, 2012. Owners of shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 40 cents per share. At a price of $31.89 as of 9:40 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 5%. The average volume for Ameren has been 2.1 million shares per day over the past 30 days. Ameren has a market cap of $7.57 billion and is part of the utilities sector and utilities industry. Shares are down 3.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Ameren Corporation, through its subsidiaries, operates as a public utility company in Missouri and Illinois, the United States. The company has a P/E ratio of 12.5, below the average utilities industry P/E ratio of 13.9 and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7.