Editor's Note: TheStreet ratings do not represent the views of TheStreet's staff or its contributors. Ratings are established by computer based on metrics for performance (which includes growth, stock performance, efficiency and valuation) and risk (volatility and solvency). Companies with poor cash flow or high debt levels tend to earn lower ratings in our model NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- The ex-dividend date for Ameren (NYSE: AEE) is Monday, September 10, 2012. Owners of shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 40 cents per share. At a price of $33.21 as of 9:34 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 4.8%. The average volume for Ameren has been 1.5 million shares per day over the past 30 days. Ameren has a market cap of $8.01 billion and is part of the utilities sector and utilities industry. Shares are down 0.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Ameren Corporation operates as a public utility holding company in Missouri and Illinois, the United States. The company has a P/E ratio of 36.7, below the average utilities industry P/E ratio of 67.4 and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7.
TheStreet Ratings rates Ameren as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, increase in stock price during the past year and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. You can view the full Ameren Ratings Report. See our dividend calendar or top-yielding stocks list. FREE from Real Money's Jim Cramer: Winners and Losers Election 2012 - Steps to take NOW so you can profit no matter who is in charge! Free download now.