Media coverage about Williams Companies (NYSE:WMB) has trended somewhat positive on Tuesday, according to Accern Sentiment Analysis. The research group rates the sentiment of press coverage by analyzing more than twenty million blog and news sources. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Williams Companies earned a news impact score of 0.21 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned headlines about the pipeline company an impact score of 46.2223614986443 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.
These are some of the news headlines that may have impacted Accern’s scoring:
- The Williams Companies, Inc. (WMB) – Focus on Unusual Volume Activity – Wall Street Morning (wallstreetmorning.com)
- May This Data Fuel Up Investor’s Confidence: Williams Companies Inc (NYSE: WMB) – Alpha Beta Stock (alphabetastock.com)
- Williams Cos. (WMB), Williams Partners’ (WPZ) Say Dividend Guidance Not Impacted by FERC Order – StreetInsider.com (streetinsider.com)
- Why Is Williams Companies (WMB) Down 11% Since its Last … – Yahoo Finance (finance.yahoo.com)
WMB has been the subject of several research reports. Zacks Investment Research cut Williams Companies from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research note on Saturday, January 6th. JPMorgan Chase & Co. raised Williams Companies from a “neutral” rating to an “overweight” rating in a research note on Friday, March 9th. Royal Bank of Canada reissued a “buy” rating and issued a $38.00 target price on shares of Williams Companies in a research note on Tuesday, January 16th. Credit Suisse Group initiated coverage on Williams Companies in a research note on Thursday, January 4th. They issued an “outperform” rating and a $36.00 target price for the company. Finally, Jefferies Group reissued a “buy” rating and issued a $37.00 target price on shares of Williams Companies in a research note on Friday, January 12th. One analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, four have given a hold rating and twelve have assigned a buy rating to the company’s stock. The company presently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and a consensus price target of $35.27.
Shares of Williams Companies (NYSE WMB) remained flat at $$26.20 during trading on Tuesday. The company’s stock had a trading volume of 7,520,607 shares, compared to its average volume of 6,976,007. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.26, a current ratio of 0.82 and a quick ratio of 0.78. Williams Companies has a 52 week low of $24.76 and a 52 week high of $33.67. The firm has a market capitalization of $22,511.58, a price-to-earnings ratio of 10.00 and a beta of 1.38.
Williams Companies (NYSE:WMB) last announced its quarterly earnings data on Wednesday, February 14th. The pipeline company reported $0.20 EPS for the quarter, hitting analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.20. Williams Companies had a return on equity of 3.38% and a net margin of 27.07%. The business had revenue of $2.23 billion during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $2.16 billion. During the same period in the previous year, the firm earned ($0.02) earnings per share. equities analysts predict that Williams Companies will post 0.79 EPS for the current year.
The business also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Monday, March 26th. Investors of record on Friday, March 9th will be paid a dividend of $0.34 per share. The ex-dividend date is Thursday, March 8th. This is a boost from Williams Companies’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.30. This represents a $1.36 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 5.19%. Williams Companies’s payout ratio is 51.91%.
In other Williams Companies news, insider James E. Scheel sold 26,915 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction dated Thursday, January 11th. The stock was sold at an average price of $33.00, for a total value of $888,195.00. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through this hyperlink. Also, VP Ted T. Timmermans sold 2,000 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction dated Monday, February 26th. The shares were 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 directly owns 17,945 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $507,484.60. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Over the last three months, insiders sold 32,915 shares of company stock valued at $1,057,995. Insiders own 0.50% 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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