News articles about Williams Partners (NYSE:WPZ) have trended positive this week, Accern Sentiment reports. The research firm identifies negative and positive media coverage by monitoring more than 20 million blog and news sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Williams Partners earned a news impact score of 0.30 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave media stories about the pipeline company an impact score of 45.9341316524506 out of 100, indicating that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the immediate future.
These are some of the media stories that may have impacted Accern Sentiment’s scoring:
- Q4 2017 EPS Estimates for Williams Partners LP Increased by Analyst (WPZ) (americanbankingnews.com)
- US Capital Advisors Upgrades Williams Partners (WPZ) to Buy (americanbankingnews.com)
- Could Williams Companies Continue to Gain in 2018? (finance.yahoo.com)
- Williams Partners LP (WPZ) Given Average Rating of “Buy” by Brokerages (americanbankingnews.com)
Shares of Williams Partners (NYSE:WPZ) traded up $0.03 during midday trading on Friday, reaching $41.33. 1,672,246 shares of the company’s stock were exchanged, compared to its average volume of 1,560,000. The company has a quick ratio of 0.99, a current ratio of 1.06 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.65. Williams Partners has a 1 year low of $34.74 and a 1 year high of $42.32. The company has a market capitalization of $40,250.00, a PE ratio of 29.52, a P/E/G ratio of 2.88 and a beta of 1.45.
Several brokerages have recently commented on WPZ. Credit Suisse Group began coverage on shares of Williams Partners in a research report on Thursday. They set an “outperform” rating and a $48.00 price target on the stock. US Capital Advisors raised shares of Williams Partners from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research report on Thursday. Jefferies Group reaffirmed a “buy” rating and set a $45.00 price target on shares of Williams Partners in a research report on Wednesday, December 20th. Wolfe Research began coverage on shares of Williams Partners in a research report on Monday, September 25th. They set an “outperform” rating and a $45.00 price target on the stock. Finally, BMO Capital Markets set a $47.00 price target on shares of Williams Partners and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a research report on Friday, October 13th. One research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, three have issued a hold rating, ten have assigned a buy rating and one has issued a strong buy rating to the company. The company currently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and a consensus target price of $45.23.
In other Williams Partners news, insider John D. Seldenrust sold 6,770 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction dated Thursday, December 21st. The shares were sold at an average price of $38.76, for a total value of $262,405.20. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is available at this link. Also, CEO Alan S. Armstrong bought 5,000 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction on Wednesday, November 15th. The stock was acquired at an average cost of $35.00 per share, for a total transaction of $175,000.00. The disclosure for this purchase can be found here.
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About Williams Partners
Williams Partners L.P. is an energy infrastructure company. The Company has operations across the natural gas value chain from gathering, processing, and interstate transportation of natural gas and natural gas liquids to petchem production of ethylene, propylene, and other olefins. It operates through its Northeast G&P, Atlantic-Gulf, West segment.
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