The trading price of Enerplus Corporation (NYSE:ERF) floating higher at last check on Monday, Feb 22, closing at $4.46, 10.76% higher than its previous close.

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Traders who pay close attention to intraday price movement should know that it has been fluctuating between $4.4700 and $4.9950. The company’s P/E ratio in the trailing 12-month period was 0, while its 5Y monthly beta was 3.32. In examining the 52-week price action we see that the stock hit a 52-week high of $5.43 and a 52-week low of $1.15. Over the past month, the stock has gained 22.87% in value.

Enerplus Corporation, whose market valuation is $991.9 Million at the time of this writing. The dividend yield on the company stock is 2.02, while its Forward Dividend ratio is 0.09. Investors’ optimism about the company’s current quarter earnings report is understandable. Analysts have predicted the quarterly earnings per share to grow by $0.22 per share this quarter, however they have predicted annual earnings per share of $0.91 for 2021 and $1.21 for 2022. It means analysts are expecting annual earnings per share growth of -0.02% this year and 0.33% next year.

Analysts have forecast the company to bring in revenue of $241.79 Million for the quarter, with the likely lows of $241.79 Million and highs of $241.79 Million. The average estimate suggests sales will likely up by 7.6% this quarter compared to what was recorded in the comparable quarter last year. From the analysts’ viewpoint, the consensus estimate for the company’s annual revenue in 2021 is $1.05 Billion. The company’s revenue is forecast to grow by +42.9% over what it did in 2020.

A company’s earnings reviews provide a brief indication of a stock’s direction in the short term, where in the case of Enerplus Corporation 1 upward and no downward comments were posted in the last 7 days. On the technical side, indicators suggest ERF has a 100% Buy on average for the short term. According to the data of the stock’s medium term indicators, the stock is currently averaging as a 100% Buy, while an average of long term indicators suggests that the stock is currently 100% Buy.

Here is the average analyst rating on the stock as represented by 1.00 to 5.00, with the extremes of 1.00 and 5.00 suggesting the stock should be considered as either strong buy or strong sell respectively. The number of analysts that have assigned ERF a recommendation rating is 13. Out of them, 1 rate it a Hold, while 9 recommend Buy, whereas 2 assign an Outperform rating. None analyst(s) have tagged Enerplus Corporation (ERF) as Underperform, while 1 advise Sell. Analysts have rated the stock Overweight, likely urging investors to take advantage of the opportunity to add to their holdings of the company’s shares.

If we dig deeper into the stock’s outlook, we see that the stock’s PEG is 0, which symbolizes a positive outlook. A quick review shows that ERF’s price is currently 27.47% off the SMA20 and 38.44% off the SMA50. The RSI metric on the 14-day chart is currently showing 75.48, and weekly volatility stands at 5.7%. When measured over the past 30 days, the indicator reaches 6.35%. Enerplus Corporation (NYSE:ERF)’s beta value is currently sitting at 3.32, while the Average True Range indicator is currently displaying 0.25. With analysts defining $3.14-$9 as the low and high price targets, we arrive at a consensus price target of $5.63 for the trailing 12-month period. The current price is about -36.44% off the estimated low and 82.19% off the forecast high, based on this estimate. Investors will be thrilled if ERF’s share price rises to $5.35, which is the median consensus price. At that level, ERF’s share price would be +8.3% above current price.

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To see how Enerplus Corporation stock has been performing today in comparison to its peers in the industry, here are the numbers: ERF stock’s performance was +10.76% at last check in today’s session, and -15.21% in the past year, while Canadian Natural Resources (CNQ) has been trading +4.58% in recent session and positioned -8.91% lower than it was a year ago. Another comparable company Ovintiv Inc (OVV) saw its stock trading 5.62% higher in today’s session but was up +30.96% in a year. Furthermore, Crescent Pt Energy (CPG) showed an increase of 10.76% today while its price kept declining at -15.21% over the past year. Enerplus Corporation has a P/E ratio of 0, compared to Canadian Natural Resources 0 and Ovintiv Inc’s 0. Also during today’s trading, the S&P 500 Index has soared -0.48%, while the Dow Jones Industrial also saw a positive session, up +0.05% today.

An evaluation of the daily trading volume of Enerplus Corporation (NYSE:ERF) indicates that the 3-month average is 2.02 Million. However, this figure has increased over the past 10 days to an average of 2.6 Million.

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Currently, records show that 222.55 Million of the company’s shares remain outstanding. According to Thomson Reuters data, insiders hold 0.34% of outstanding shares, whereas institutions hold 56.82%. The stats also highlight that short interest as of January 28, 2021, stood at 6.42 Million shares, resulting in a short ratio of 3.6 at that time. From this, we can conclude that short interest is 2.88% of the company’s total outstanding shares. It is noteworthy that short shares in January were down slightly from the previous month’s figure, which was 6.79 Million. However, since the stock’s price has seen +42.49% year-to-date, investors’ interest is likely to be reignited due to its potential to move even higher.

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