Williams Companies (WMB) Getting Somewhat Positive News Coverage, Study Shows

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News headlines about Williams Companies (NYSE:WMB) have trended somewhat positive on Friday, Accern reports. The research firm rates the sentiment of media coverage by analyzing more than twenty million news and blog sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Williams Companies earned a media sentiment score of 0.15 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned media headlines about the pipeline company an impact score of 45.8979732466881 out of 100, indicating that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the next few days.

These are some of the news stories that may have effected Accern’s scoring:

NYSE WMB opened at $28.50 on Friday. The company has a market cap of $24.50 billion, a P/E ratio of 45.24, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 6.96 and a beta of 1.51. Williams Companies has a one year low of $24.00 and a one year high of $33.67. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.38, a quick ratio of 0.71 and a current ratio of 0.79.

Williams Companies (NYSE:WMB) last released its quarterly earnings results on Wednesday, August 1st. The pipeline company reported $0.17 EPS for the quarter, missing the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.18 by ($0.01). The business had revenue of $2.09 billion for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $2 billion. Williams Companies had a return on equity of 3.82% and a net margin of 24.19%. During the same quarter last year, the company earned $0.13 earnings per share. analysts forecast that Williams Companies will post 0.85 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

The firm also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Monday, September 24th. Investors of record on Friday, September 7th will be given a dividend of $0.34 per share. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Thursday, September 6th. This represents a $1.36 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 4.77%. Williams Companies’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is presently 215.87%.

A number of brokerages have recently issued reports on WMB. US Capital Advisors cut Williams Companies from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating and set a $31.00 target price for the company. in a report on Friday, August 24th. Bank of America reissued a “buy” rating on shares of Williams Companies in a report on Tuesday, August 21st. Morgan Stanley set a $35.00 target price on Williams Companies and gave the stock an “overweight” rating in a report on Thursday, August 16th. UBS Group increased their target price on Williams Companies from $36.00 to $38.00 and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a report on Friday, August 10th. Finally, Stifel Nicolaus assumed coverage on Williams Companies in a research report on Tuesday, August 7th. They set a “buy” rating and a $35.00 price target on the stock. Five analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and twelve have given a buy rating to the company. Williams Companies presently has an average rating of “Buy” and an average price target of $33.43.

In related news, VP Ted T. Timmermans sold 20,267 shares of the stock in a transaction that occurred on Tuesday, August 7th. The stock was sold at an average price of $32.00, for a total transaction of $648,544.00. Following the sale, the vice president now directly owns 9,955 shares in the company, valued at approximately $318,560. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which can be accessed through this hyperlink. Also, SVP Frank J. Ferazzi sold 1,100 shares of the stock in a transaction on Monday, August 6th. The shares were sold at an average price of $31.31, for a total value of $34,441.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the senior vice president now owns 15,037 shares in the company, valued at $470,808.47. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. 0.53% of the stock is owned by corporate insiders.

About Williams Companies

The Williams Cos., Inc is an energy infrastructure company, which explores, produces, transports, sells and processes natural gas and petroleum products. It operates through three segments: Williams Partners; and Others. The Williams Partners segment includes gas pipeline and domestic midstream businesses.

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