NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- The ex-dividend date for Enerplus (NYSE: ERF) is tomorrow, May 8, 2012. Owners of shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 18 cents per share. At a price of $17.52 as of 9:30 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 12.1%. The average volume for Enerplus has been 1.5 million shares per day over the past 30 days. Enerplus has a market cap of $3.56 billion and is part of the basic materials sector and energy industry. Shares are down 30.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Enerplus Corporation, together with subsidiaries, engages in the exploration and development of crude oil and natural gas in United States and Canada. As of December 31, 2011, it had 322 MMBOE of proved plus probable reserves. The company has a P/E ratio of 30.3, equal to the average energy industry P/E ratio and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7.
TheStreet Ratings rates Enerplus as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its good cash flow from operations, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and notable return on equity. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself, feeble growth in the company's earnings per share and deteriorating net income. You can view the full Enerplus Ratings Report. See our dividend calendar or top-yielding stocks list.