Positive Media Coverage Somewhat Unlikely to Impact Williams Companies (WMB) Stock Price

Press coverage about Williams Companies (NYSE:WMB) has been trending positive this week, according to Accern Sentiment Analysis. Accern identifies negative and positive press coverage by monitoring more than 20 million blog and news sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Williams Companies earned a media sentiment score of 0.26 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave media stories about the pipeline company an impact score of 47.215945905821 out of 100, meaning that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the immediate future.

Here are some of the media stories that may have impacted Accern Sentiment Analysis’s rankings:

Several brokerages have commented on WMB. Jefferies Group reaffirmed a “buy” rating and issued a $37.00 price objective on shares of Williams Companies in a research report on Friday. Bank of America began coverage on Williams Companies in a research report on Tuesday, January 9th. They issued a “buy” rating on the stock. Zacks Investment Research downgraded Williams Companies from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research report on Saturday, January 6th. Credit Suisse Group began coverage on Williams Companies in a research report on Thursday, January 4th. They issued an “outperform” rating and a $36.00 price objective on the stock. Finally, Morgan Stanley cut their price objective on Williams Companies from $34.00 to $33.00 and set an “overweight” rating on the stock in a research report on Friday, November 17th. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, three have assigned a hold rating, eleven have issued a buy rating and one has assigned a strong buy rating to the company’s stock. The company currently has an average rating of “Buy” and an average target price of $34.33.

Williams Companies (WMB) traded up $0.11 on Friday, hitting $33.21. The stock had a trading volume of 4,370,000 shares, compared to its average volume of 5,570,000. Williams Companies has a fifty-two week low of $26.82 and a fifty-two week high of $33.38. The company has a quick ratio of 0.91, a current ratio of 0.97 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.38. The company has a market cap of $27,460.00, a P/E ratio of 58.26, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 2.89 and a beta of 1.36.

Williams Companies (NYSE:WMB) last posted its quarterly earnings results on Wednesday, November 1st. The pipeline company reported $0.15 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, missing analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.19 by ($0.04). Williams Companies had a return on equity of 3.23% and a net margin of 5.90%. The firm had revenue of $1.89 billion for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $1.79 billion. During the same period in the previous year, the company posted $0.20 EPS. Williams Companies’s quarterly revenue was down .7% compared to the same quarter last year. equities analysts forecast that Williams Companies will post 0.64 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The company also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Tuesday, December 26th. Stockholders of record on Friday, December 8th were given a dividend of $0.30 per share. This represents a $1.20 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 3.61%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Thursday, December 7th. Williams Companies’s payout ratio is 210.53%.

In related news, insider James E. Scheel sold 26,915 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction dated Thursday, January 11th. The stock was sold at an average price of $33.00, for a total transaction of $888,195.00. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which is available at this hyperlink. Also, VP Ted T. Timmermans sold 1,500 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction dated Monday, November 6th. The shares were sold at an average price of $28.75, for a total value of $43,125.00. Following the sale, the vice president now directly owns 9,594 shares in the company, valued at approximately $275,827.50. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. 0.53% of the stock is currently owned by corporate insiders.

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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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