News coverage about Williams Companies (NYSE:WMB) has been trending somewhat positive this week, Accern Sentiment reports. The research group rates the sentiment of news coverage by analyzing more than twenty million blog and news sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Williams Companies earned a daily sentiment score of 0.20 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave media coverage about the pipeline company an impact score of 46.8612274260077 out of 100, meaning that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the next few days.
Here are some of the headlines that may have impacted Accern Sentiment’s rankings:
- Financial Review: Williams Pipeline Partners (WPZ) versus Williams Companies (WMB) (americanbankingnews.com)
- Transco Dumps Its MLP (seekingalpha.com)
- Scotiabank Upgrades Williams Companies (WMB) to Sector Outperform (streetinsider.com)
- What The Flurry Of MLP Simplification Moves Mean To The Market (seekingalpha.com)
- Williams Companies (WMB) Lifted to “Outperform” at Scotiabank (americanbankingnews.com)
Shares of Williams Companies traded down $0.21, hitting $27.80, on Friday, according to Marketbeat.com. The company had a trading volume of 12,588,776 shares, compared to its average volume of 7,234,567. Williams Companies has a 12-month low of $24.00 and a 12-month high of $33.67. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.34, a current ratio of 1.11 and a quick ratio of 1.03. The company has a market capitalization of $23.18 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 44.13 and a beta of 1.38.
Williams Companies (NYSE:WMB) last issued its earnings results on Wednesday, May 2nd. The pipeline company reported $0.19 earnings per share for the quarter, missing the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.21 by ($0.02). Williams Companies had a return on equity of 3.61% and a net margin of 24.02%. The company had revenue of $2.09 billion during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $2.09 billion. During the same period in the previous year, the company earned $0.14 EPS. research analysts expect that Williams Companies will post 0.89 EPS for the current fiscal year.
The business also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Monday, June 25th. Stockholders of record on Friday, June 8th will be given a $0.34 dividend. This represents a $1.36 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 4.89%. The ex-dividend date is Thursday, June 7th. Williams Companies’s payout ratio is 215.87%.
Several brokerages have commented on WMB. Scotiabank restated a “hold” rating and set a $36.00 price target on shares of Williams Companies in a research note on Monday, January 29th. Barclays dropped their price target on Williams Companies from $35.00 to $31.00 and set an “equal weight” rating for the company in a research note on Tuesday, April 17th. Zacks Investment Research upgraded Williams Companies from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Friday, March 16th. US Capital Advisors upgraded Williams Companies from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note on Friday, April 6th. Finally, UBS restated a “buy” rating and set a $36.00 price target (down from $37.00) on shares of Williams Companies in a research note on Friday, March 2nd. One research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, four have issued a hold rating and thirteen have assigned a buy rating to the stock. The company presently has an average rating of “Buy” and an average target price of $33.21.
In related news, VP Ted T. Timmermans sold 2,000 shares of the stock in a transaction dated Monday, February 26th. The stock was sold at an average price of $28.28, for a total value of $56,560.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the vice president now owns 17,945 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $507,484.60. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available at the SEC website. Also, Director Kathleen B. Cooper sold 4,000 shares of the stock in a transaction dated Monday, February 26th. The shares were sold at an average price of $28.31, for a total value of $113,240.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the director now directly owns 45,465 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $1,287,114.15. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. 0.53% of the stock is owned by corporate insiders.
Williams Companies Company Profile
The Williams Companies, Inc operates as an energy infrastructure company primarily in the United States. It owns and operates natural gas pipeline system extending from Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, and the Gulf of Mexico through Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey to the New York City metropolitan area.
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