Media stories about Williams Partners (NYSE:WPZ) have trended somewhat positive recently, according to Accern Sentiment Analysis. The research firm scores the sentiment of press coverage by reviewing more than twenty million news and blog 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 media sentiment score of 0.19 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave news articles about the pipeline company an impact score of 46.5701927931109 out of 100, meaning that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the next several days.
Here are some of the news articles that may have impacted Accern’s analysis:
Williams Partners (NYSE WPZ) opened at 36.69 on Friday. The company has a market capitalization of $35.07 billion, a PE ratio of 22.06 and a beta of 1.40. Williams Partners has a one year low of $32.93 and a one year high of $42.32. The company has a 50-day moving average price of $39.07 and a 200-day moving average price of $39.60.
Williams Partners (NYSE:WPZ) last released its quarterly earnings data on Wednesday, August 2nd. The pipeline company reported $0.33 EPS for the quarter, missing analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.42 by ($0.09). The company had revenue of $1.92 billion for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $2.13 billion. Williams Partners had a return on equity of 5.90% and a net margin of 17.82%. Analysts expect that Williams Partners will post $0.76 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.
The firm also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, November 10th. Shareholders of record on Friday, November 3rd will be given a dividend of $0.60 per share. This represents a $2.40 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 6.54%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Thursday, November 2nd. Williams Partners’s payout ratio is currently 143.71%.
A number of equities research analysts have recently weighed in on the company. Jefferies Group LLC reissued a “buy” rating and issued a $44.00 target price on shares of Williams Partners in a research note on Monday, October 16th. Zacks Investment Research lowered Williams Partners from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Monday, July 24th. BidaskClub lowered Williams Partners from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research report on Wednesday, August 9th. Barclays PLC raised Williams Partners from an “equal weight” rating to an “overweight” rating and increased their target price for the stock from $44.00 to $47.00 in a research report on Tuesday, July 18th. Finally, BMO Capital Markets set a $47.00 target price on Williams Partners and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a research report on Friday, August 18th. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, three have given a hold rating, ten have given a buy rating and one has assigned a strong buy rating to the stock. The company has a consensus rating of “Buy” and a consensus target price of $44.93.
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In other Williams Partners news, Director H Brent Austin bought 1,000 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction on Friday, September 22nd. The stock was bought at an average price of $38.66 per share, for a total transaction of $38,660.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the director now owns 9,958 shares in the company, valued at approximately $384,976.28. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through the SEC website.
Williams Partners Company Profile
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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