Media headlines about Williams Companies (NYSE:WMB) have trended somewhat positive on Monday, according to Accern. The research group rates the sentiment of media coverage by monitoring more than twenty million blog and news sources. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Williams Companies earned a daily sentiment score of 0.16 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned news stories about the pipeline company an impact score of 46.566495617869 out of 100, meaning that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the near future.
These are some of the news stories that may have impacted Accern Sentiment’s analysis:
- Q2 Sentiment Williams Companies Inc (NYSE:WMB) (nismagazine.com)
- With A Recent ROE Of 6.35%, Can The Williams Companies Inc (WMB) Catch Up To Its Industry? (finance.yahoo.com)
- The Williams Companies, Inc. (NYSE: WMB) – Hot Stock under Consideration – Alpha Beta Stock (alphabetastock.com)
- The Williams Companies, Inc. (NYSE: WMB) – Today’s Hot Stock Under Review – Alpha Beta Stock (alphabetastock.com)
- What WMB’s Current Valuation Tells Us (finance.yahoo.com)
Several equities research analysts recently weighed in on WMB shares. BidaskClub raised Williams Companies from a “buy” rating to a “strong-buy” rating in a report on Tuesday, August 1st. Morgan Stanley decreased their price target on Williams Companies from $34.00 to $33.00 and set an “overweight” rating for the company in a report on Friday, November 17th. Royal Bank Of Canada increased their price target on Williams Companies from $34.00 to $36.00 and gave the stock an “outperform” rating in a report on Friday, August 4th. Wolfe Research started coverage on Williams Companies in a report on Monday, September 25th. They set an “outperform” rating and a $34.00 price target for the company. Finally, Sanford C. Bernstein reaffirmed an “outperform” rating on shares of Williams Companies in a report on Thursday, August 10th. Four analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating, ten have issued a buy rating and one has issued a strong buy rating to the company’s stock. The company currently has an average rating of “Buy” and an average target price of $33.83.
Shares of Williams Companies (NYSE:WMB) traded down $0.09 during mid-day trading on Monday, hitting $27.98. The stock had a trading volume of 8,213,156 shares, compared to its average volume of 6,418,572. Williams Companies has a twelve month low of $26.82 and a twelve month high of $32.69. The stock has a market capitalization of $23,206.79, a PE ratio of 47.58, a P/E/G ratio of 3.00 and a beta of 1.38. The company has a current ratio of 0.97, a quick ratio of 0.91 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.38.
Williams Companies (NYSE:WMB) last announced its quarterly earnings results on Wednesday, November 1st. The pipeline company reported $0.15 earnings per share for the quarter, missing analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.19 by ($0.04). Williams Companies had a net margin of 6.61% and a return on equity of 1.61%. The firm had revenue of $1.89 billion during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $1.79 billion. During the same quarter in the prior year, the business earned $0.20 EPS. The company’s quarterly revenue was down .7% compared to the same quarter last year. analysts forecast that Williams Companies will post 0.72 EPS for the current year.
The company also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Tuesday, December 26th. Stockholders of record on Friday, December 8th will be given a $0.30 dividend. This represents a $1.20 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 4.29%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Thursday, December 7th. Williams Companies’s dividend payout ratio is currently 210.53%.
In related news, insider Robyn L. Ewing sold 9,913 shares of the stock in a transaction on Wednesday, September 27th. The stock was sold at an average price of $29.99, for a total transaction of $297,290.87. Following the sale, the insider now owns 27,090 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $812,429.10. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which can be accessed through this hyperlink. Also, insider Donald R. Chappel sold 272,088 shares of the stock in a transaction on Tuesday, September 26th. The shares were sold at an average price of $30.32, for a total value of $8,249,708.16. Following the sale, the insider now directly owns 60,032 shares in the company, valued at approximately $1,820,170.24. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. In the last 90 days, insiders sold 283,501 shares of company stock valued at $8,590,124. Company insiders own 0.53% of the company’s stock.
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About Williams Companies
The Williams Companies, Inc is an energy infrastructure company. The Company is focused on connecting North America’s hydrocarbon resource plays to markets for natural gas, natural gas liquids (NGL), and olefins. As of December 31, 2016, its interstate gas pipelines, midstream and olefins production interests were held through its investment in Williams Partners L.P.
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